WHO'D have thought at the beginning of the season that one of the most popular men in our capital would be none other than Lennie Lawrence.
But the journeyman manager has turned things around since taking control of Cardiff in mid-February, winning five and drawing two including beating Wrexham at the Racecourse in the semi-finals of the FAW Premier Cup.
However, don't expect Friday's side to bear much relation. When Wrexham visit the capital they will face the full force of the Bluebird's controversial chairman Sam Haman and the millions he has spent.
And this will include red-hot loan striker Andy Campbell who hit a hat-trick in the amazing 7-1 demolition of fellow play-off hopefuls Oldham last Saturday.
It's reckoned that the striker will cost around £800,000 from Middlesbrough, but if Cardiff go up he will be signed.
Hope for Wrexham comes in the fact that both QPR and Blackpool have been able to eek out draws from Ninian Park of late, but they will have to compete well with the expensively compiled side.
However, one of their most consistent men, goalkeeper Neil Alexander, cost just a £130,000 from Livingston at the beginning of the season but whoever owns the club that sort of money is still a fortune by Wrexham's standards.
With Lawrence unlikely to change last week's winning side, all £300,000 worth of Rhys Weston should line up at right back, with fellow Welshman Daniel Gabbidon on the left.
Smith was an influence on Gabbidon's career when they were both at West Bromwich Albion.
In the centre of defence expect the experienced Spencer Prior, who has been at a whole host of top flight clubs and Scott Young, the hero of the FA Cup win against Leeds, who has spent his entire career at Cardiff.
Andy Legg is always a constant threat with his set plays and he is expected to line up on the left of the midfield. Now a veteran, Legg s long throws can still cause problems.
Former Coventry man Willie Bolland should patrol the middle of the park with £1 million man Graham Kavanagh..
Peter Thorne is another one million-plus signing from SToke, yet he is likely to play behind the two strikers on Friday..
Leo Fortune West is expected to keep his place up front despite pressure from the fit again Layton Maxwell as Lawrence does not want to break up a winning team..
His partner should be the electric Campbell who Wrexham will have to keep a careful eye on if they are to stop his recent scoring run.