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MansionBet Match Preview: Cardiff City (A, 2020/21)

The highly anticipated Severnside derby rolls around in a Friday night, under the lights encounter in South Wales.

In partnership with MansionBet, here’s a preview of what you can expect from the fixture.

This will be City’s final game before the second international break of the season and they hit into it off the back of a big win against Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night.

Jamie Paterson scored the winner in Yorkshire to end City’s five-game winless run as Dean Holden’s tactical switch helped put a stop to the rut.

Positivity was key to riding through what was a tough period for the Robins but the 2-1 win will give the squad a mental boost ahead of their trip to the Cardiff City Stadium.

Friday’s game is one marked in the calendar by supporters who, due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, will be missed in the ground. And it will be almost one year exactly since City recorded a 1-0 victory on Cardiff soil, when Josh Brownhill struck the second-half winner to secure the Robins a first away win there for 17 years.

That result proved to be Neil Warnock’s final game in charge of the Bluebirds, with Neil Harris his replacement. Harris would lead Cardiff to the play-off semi-finals though their start to the 2020/21 campaign may not suggest play-off challenge form just yet.

The Bluebirds have three wins from ten games so far after crashing out of the Carabao Cup at the first round before an opening day league defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. A run of one win in seven games, despite tight scorelines, means Harris would, similarly to Holden’s side, endure a tough October before they hit back to beat Barnsley 3-0 on Tuesday night.

MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Cardiff City Stadium
When: Friday, November 6th, 6pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: David Webb
Assistants: Robert Hyde and Daniel Leach
Fourth official: Andy Woolmer

Head to head...

DOWN MEMORY LANE

Cardiff City 0-1 Bristol City
Cardiff City Stadium
Sunday, November 10th, 2019
Sky Bet Championship

You don't have to look too far back for a memorable Severnside derby, with City recording their first win on Cardiff soil in 17 years in a 1-0 win a year ago.

On-field captain Josh Brownhill blasted in a right-footed shot from distance in the second half to take the three points back to Bristol.

The Bluebirds would hit the woodwork three times at a chilly Cardiff City Stadium but ultimately they had little response to Brownhill’s second-half moment of brilliance.

The win lifted City up to sixth in the Sky Bet Championship table as they went into the international break unbeaten in four games.

Former teammates go head to head

HEAD TO HEAD*

Cardiff City v Bristol City

Played: 94
City won: 38 (40%)
Drew: 21
City lost: 35

Bristol City goals: 20
Cardiff City goals: 12

Bristol City top goalscorers: Paterson (4)
Cardiff City top goalscorers: Kieffer Moore, Joe Ralls (3)

Bristol City most assists: Chris Martin, Antoine Semenyo (4)
Huddersfield Town most assists: Eight players

Bristol City clean sheets: 4
Cardiff City clean sheets: 4

League positions:
Bristol City: 7th
Cardiff City: 13th 

*All competitions unless stated

Dasilva netted his first goal to pull City level on Tuesday
And he turned provider for Paterson to strike the winner in Huddersfield

NO ROBINS TV

Supporters are reminded that Friday night’s Severnside derby at the Cardiff City Stadium will not be shown on Robins TV.

The fixture against the Bluebirds has been selected for live broadcast by Sky Sports, which has seen it brought forward to Friday evening (November 6th, 6pm KO).

In line with EFL regulations, the only way to watch an away fixture that has been selected for Sky TV is on Sky. Season Card holders will not receive a free streaming pass for this match.

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