Gunnarsson ready for Premier League return

Cardiff City's Aron Gunnarsson says there is a togetherness within the squad that can help them as they return to the Premier League.

The Bluebirds first season in the Premier League back in 2013-14 ended in instant relegation back to the Championship.

Gunnarsson scored their first goal then, in the 3-2 win over Manchester City, a rare highlight in a disappointing season.

However, Neil Warnock's side are back and Gunnarsson, returning from World Cup 2018 duty with Iceland, is ready for the challenge.

He says that those teams that have gone up and thrived are an example for Cardiff to follow as they seek to avoid another instant relegation.

He told the club's official website: "You look at the teams who have worked their way up like Bournemouth and Burnley, and it's about creating a togetherness in the team to go that extra mile for success and I can see that in our players.

"They're willing to go that extra mile and do anything to get that success and I'm hopeful we can stick together as a team and make that happen.

"The professionalism in this squad is second to none and we know what is expected of us. We know our strengths and we need to build on that. We've got a lot of leaders at this club and that's only a good thing."

The Bluebirds play their final pre-season fixture, at home to Real Betis before getting their Premier League season underway at AFC Bournemouth next Saturday.

They are 11/4 for the win, Eddie Howe's side are 19/20 with the draw 5/2.

Their first home game back in the top flight is a week later when Newcastle United are the visitors to the Cardiff City Stadium.
Cardiff are 4/6 to be relegated at the end of the season while they are 16/1 to finish in the top half.

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