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Preview: Bristol City v Cardiff City

Bristol City v Cardiff City
Sky Bet Championship
Ashton Gate
Saturday, March 5th (12noon)

Bristol City take on Cardiff City in the Severnside derby today, the first fixture at Ashton Gate between the sides since City's 4-2 win over the Bluebirds in August 2012.

All the key information on tomorrow's opponents.

CARDIFF CITY
Cardiff have remained consistent throughout the season and continue to flirt with play-off places. The Bluebirds sit three points outside the top six and backed their 4-1 dismantling of Brighton up with an impressive win over Preston. Anthony Pilkington added two from the spot against the Lilywhites to make him top scorer with eight goals. Peter Whittingham and Fabio are to be assessed ahead of the match. 

MANAGER
Russell Slade - Former PE teacher at Frank Wheldon School whose first managerial job came at Conference National side Scarborough. He moved to Grimsby Town three years later, before a stint with Yeovil Town where he won League One Manager of the Year in 2006/07. After a brief spell with Brighton, Slade moved to Leyton Orient who he kept up by a single point in 2011. In 2013/14, he led Orient to third losing in the play-off final to Rotherham before taking up the mantle at Cardiff in October 2014. 

STAR MAN
Peter Whittingham - Nuneaton-born midfielder who has amassed over 400 appearances for Cardiff since joining from Aston Villa in 2007. The 31-year-old was part of the Villa team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2002, and made his debut for their first team the following year. Loan spells with Burnley and Derby County followed before his move to Wales. The free kick specialist has five goals this season and 90 in total for the Bluebirds. 

OFFICIALS
Graham Scott is appointed as the man in the middle. Constantine Hatzidakis and Andrew Fox will assist him. Trevor Kettle will be the fourth official. 

TICKETS
This match is sold out. 

LAST TIME OUT
Cardiff City 0-0 Bristol City - Jonathan Kodjia had a goal disallowed and Sammy Ameobi missed a sitter as the Severnside derby ended goalless. Kodjia had the ball in the back of the net after Joe Bryan’s shot hit the post, but the Frenchman was adjudged offside. With the game coming to a close, Newcastle loanee Ameobi hit wide from six yards and the match remained all square. 

LAST SEASON
Sky Bet Championship: 11th 
FA Cup: Fouth round (lost to Reading) 
Capital One Cup: Fourth round (lost to Bournemouth) 

DID YOU KNOW?
Cardiff City reached the European Cup Winners Cup semi-finals in the 1967/68 season, where they were defeated 4-3 on aggregate by Hamburg. 

ODDS
Sky Bet price City at 5/4 while Cardiff are available at 23/10. The draw is also priced at 9/4.