While the Bluebirds improved under Mick McCarthy before missing out on the playoffs, Barnsley made the top six before being edged out in the semi-finals.
Having pushed hard for promotion after McCarthy's arrival in January, many people associated with Cardiff were disappointed that they could not get over the line for sixth position.
Nevertheless, on the back of 39 points being recorded from 22 matches, it is difficult to maintain any criticism of McCarthy and his squad when they recorded one of the best returns over that period.
Like at many of their rivals, there have been more outgoings than players being brought in to strengthen the squad, but McCarthy will be happy with his business thus far.
That said, the arrival of James Collins as competition for the Wales international could prove crucial if the Bluebirds are to last the pace.
From Barnsley's perspective, they will realistically drop down to candidates for relegation now that Valerien Ismael has moved to West Bromwich Albion.
However, the Tykes hierarchy have a strong track record when it comes to managerial appointments, and there is little reason why Markus Schopp cannot build on Ismael's successful stint at Oakwell.
Neither Obbi Oulare or Aaron Leya Iseka have the best track record when it comes to goals, although there are high expectations of Josh Benson after he featured for Burnley in the Premier League last season.
With Moore struggling for fitness, Collins is expected to get the nod in attack for Cardiff's opening fixture.
Cardiff City possible starting lineup:
Smithies; Ng, Morrison, Flint, Nelson, Bagan; Ralls, Pack; Bacuna, Collins, Giles
Barnsley possible starting lineup:
Collins; Sibbick, Helik, Kitching; Brittain, Palmer, Styles, Odour; Woodrow, Morris, Frieser
We say: Cardiff City 2-1 Barnsley
With Schopp still adapting to English football, there is no doubt that Barnsley would be delighted with a share of the spoils on Saturday. However, we feel that Cardiff will do enough to claim all three points with Moore getting on the scoresheet.
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