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Posted Saturday, August 28th 2021

🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: Cardiff City (A)

We face our second opponents from South Wales in eight days with a trip to the Welsh capital this Saturday lunchtime.

Here we take a closer look at our opponents as we gear up for the latest Severnside derby...

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Our opponents

The Bluebirds have started the season well, having put together a five-game unbeaten start in all competitions before defeat in the Carabao Cup to Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday night.

In the Championship, they drew their opening day fixture with Barnsley but have gone on to beat Blackpool and Millwall. Aden Flint scored a brace last time out in that 3-1 victory, taking his tally to four for the season, following up on his double which helped secure a point in a 2-2 draw with newly-promoted Peterborough United.

It’s the sort of form you’d expect from a side with ambitions of promotion, with both goals in their repertoire, as well as showing the strength to battle back and dig deep when required. Sean Morrison wasn’t hiding from the fact that that is the Bluebirds’ aim this season, telling BBC Sport last week “the goal is promotion, that’s what we’re striving for.”

It was something Cardiff missed out on last season. Wins were few and far between during the 2020/21 campaign except for a couple of mini runs but too many draws and a six-game losing streak contributed to an eighth-placed finish, nine points off the play-offs.

It’s early days in the 2021/22 campaign but they’re in the top six and will be vying to keep up their good form to give themselves a platform and stay around it. Under manager Mick McCarthy they have experience at the helm with a man who has been there and done it twice before; he led Sunderland to promotion to the Premier League in 2004/05 and again with Wolves in 2008/09.

He takes on Nigel Pearson in what will be the Robins boss' first Severnside derby meeting and the first to be played in front of fans since November 2019, when Josh Brownhill scored the only goal at the Cardiff City Stadium, a rocket of a shot which fizzed past Neil Etheridge to secure a first win on Cardiff soil for 17 years.

Since then, the Robins have been on the end of defeat twice at Ashton Gate but beat the Bluebirds 1-0 in South Wales again last November, thanks to Chris Martin’s early goal.

CARDIFF PROFILE

Formed: 1899
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Nickname: The Bluebirds
Manager: Mick McCarthy
Finish last season: 8th, Sky Bet Championship

Honours:

  • Highest finish, First Division: Runners-up 1923/24
  • Second division champions: 2012/13
  • Third division champions: 1946/47 (South)
  • Fourth Division champions: 1992/93
  • FA Cup winners: 1926/27
  • League Cup: Runners-up 2011/12
  • Welsh Cup champions: 22 times
  • FAW Premier Cup winners: 2001/02 

📍 MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Cardiff City Stadium
When: Saturday, August 28th, 12.30pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship, Matchday 5

Referee: David Webb
Assistant referee: Paul Hodskinson
Assistant referee: Matthew Jones
Fourth official: Scott Jackson


⚽️ Watch: Match action v Swansea

A first-half goal from Joel Piroe was enough to defeat City 1-0 at Ashton Gate in our last Sky Bet Championship fixture.

The Robins started brightly but fell behind when Piroe capitalised on his own rebound after initially striking the post.

Steven Benda made a handful of stops to prevent Matty James scoring on the night, as well as a low save to deny a first goal for Alex Scott.

The Robins pushed back against the Swans in the second half but the visitors from South Wales held on, with Jamie Paterson going closest to doubling their lead, before Andy King almost headed City a late equaliser against his former side.


👀 ONE TO WATCH

Former Robin Aden Flint

He was once running off to celebrate in front of Section 82 having scored against the Bluebirds, mirroring Scott Murray's famous celebration. These days, Aden Flint is Cardiff top goalscorer (4) as he prepares to go up against his former club.

Flint was part of City's double-winning 2014/15 season, with his goal at Wembley helping the Robins to the JPT. He helped them back in the second tier but after five seasons in BS3 the towering defender made a move to Middlesbrough.

He moved to Cardiff a year later, in summer 2019, going on to make 57 appearances to date.

Not only is Flint Cardiff's top goalscorer, he leads the Championship's goals charts. His teammate Ryan Giles also boasts the most assists in the division (3).


⏮ MATCH REWIND...

Bristol City 3-0 Swansea
1.1.2011
Championship
Ashton Gate

A seventh goal in as many games for Brett Pitman helped City start the new year in perfect style.

The ex-Bournemouth striker took just three minutes to convert Jon Stead's cross from the right, before Stead later set up Lee Johnson to double the Robins’ lead in a similar move later on.

The Severnside derby was then wrapped up when Jamal Campbell-Ryce coolly finished the third, while Cardiff came closest when Michael Chopra hit the post.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce celebrates his goal against Cardiff City

🆚 HEAD TO HEAD

Bristol City

Matches v the opposition: 96
Won: 39
Drew: 21
Lost: 36

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 7
Goals conceded: 8

Championship position: 15th (4 points)
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 10
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: Saikou Janneh, Andi Weimann, Chris Martin 2
Most assists: Chris Martin 2
Best average rating (Opta): Tomas Kalas 6.94

Possession: 47.1%
Passing percentage: 69.5%
Tackle success percentage: 66.6%
Average aerial duels won: 30.6

Cardiff

Matches v opposition: 96
Won: 36
Drew: 21
Lost: 39

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 11
Goals conceded: 8

Championship position: 6th (8 points)
Carabao Cup: Round Two
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 8
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: Aden Flint 4
Most assists: Ryan Giles 4
Best average rating (Opta): Flint 8.6

Possession: 46.3%
Passing percentage: 57.3%
Tackle success percentage: 66.6% 
Average aerial duels won: 47


🎟 TICKET NEWS

City will be backed by a sold-out away end at the Cardiff City Stadium, meaning there are no more tickets available.

However, coverage of the Severnside derby will be provided via Robins TV to both domestic and international-based supporters. The pre-match show starts at 12pm.

Secure your Robins TV package

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