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MansionBet Match Preview: Cardiff City (H)

BS3 hosts the Severnside derby this weekend with Dean Holden’s men looking to bounce back from midweek defeat and stretch an unbeaten home run to five matches.

In association with City's Principal Partner MansionBet, we take a closer look at the match...

City return to Ashton Gate where they’ve won each of their last four games and that will provide some encouragement to Holden’s players after back-to-back defeats on the road.

It’s been a disappointing week after losses to Derby County and Brentford but there were signs of encouragement after Wednesday’s trip to West London.

The likes of Owura Edwards on his first league start and Han-Noah Massengo were positive, while City showed early promise against one of the league’s side competing for automatic promotion. The league’s in-form striker Ivan Toney was also kept quiet, yet his quality showed as with one chance he was able to help the Bees turn the game in their favour on the night.

 

But the disappointment is quickly put to bed and the focus shifts to the visitors from South Wales who are under new management with experienced Mick McCarthy in the driving seat. He replaced Neil Harris who was sacked after a six consecutive defeats in all competitions.

In McCarthy’s two games in charge, the Bluebirds have come from behind on both occasions to earn two respective draws (2-2 Barnsley, 1-1 Millwall).

But they’re a side who have battled back to record points on numerous occasions this season and City will need to be on their guard, should they take a lead on Saturday. After all, the prize of stretching a welcome home run is on the cards.

The Robins do hold the Severnside derby bragging rights after a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture back in November. Chris Martin’s early goal was enough to secure three points on that November night and so City are on course to earn a first Severnside double for the first time since the 2002/03 campaign.

And if there is one man to watch in the Bluebirds camp it is Wales striker Kieffer Moore, an exceptional talent in the air with an average of 11 headers won per game this season.

He’s also Cardiff’s top scorer with 10 goals this season since arriving from Wigan in August and he heads to BS3 off the back of double Man of the Match performances with two goals in their last two games.

This was one not to be missed as people enjoyed the bonfire celebrations last time out, but will there be more fireworks a second time around?

MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Ashton Gate Stadium
When: Saturday, February 6th, 3pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: Jarred Gillett
Assistants: Paul Hodskinson and Philip Dermott
Fourth official: Ollie Yates

DOWN MEMORY LANE

We've actually highlighted six of the best from Severnside derbies of the past 20 years!

From Scott Murray's double at Ninnian Park (THAT celebration, anyone) to Josh brownhill's thunderbolt, we dive into the film and photo archives to relive some magic moments between Bristol City and Cardiff City.

Click here to see our pick of the bunch...

HEAD TO HEAD*

Bristol City v Cardiff City

Played: 95
City won: 39  (40%)
Drew: 21
City lost: 35 

Bristol City goals: 36
Cardiff goals: 33

Bristol City top goalscorers: Famara Diédhiou (8)
Cardiff top goalscorer: Kieffer More (10)

Bristol City most assists: Antoine Semenyo (7)
Cardiff most assists: Sheyi Ojo, Harry Wilson (5)

Bristol City clean sheets: 9
Cardiff clean sheets: 7

League positions
Bristol City: 9th (39 points)
Cardiff: 16th (31 points)

*All competitions unless stated

On a plate: Jack Hunt assisted Zak Vyner's opener on Wednesday
Nahki Wells pounced late on but City lost out 3-2 at Brentford

Robins TV

City versus Cardiff will be streamed live on Robins TV this Saturday from 2.30pm.

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