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James Crawley

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Posted Friday, July 3rd 2020

Preview: Cardiff City (H)

The Severnside derby involving Bristol City and Cardiff City might stretch back over 100 years but Saturday’s encounter is the first to be played behind closed doors.

But despite fans having to watch the match from the comfort of their own homes via Robins TV, three points and local pride are still up for grabs – and for Lee Johnson’s side there is also the chance to complete a rare season double over the Bluebirds.

A win for the Robins would leave them three points off the Bluebirds (and complete a rare double over their Welsh rivals), who occupy sixth spot heading into the weekend.

The 1-0 win in South Wales back in November was the first win on Cardiff soil since December 2002 – coincidentally the season they last beat their local rivals home and away.

Cardiff City arrive at Ashton Gate in good form. Unbeaten in their last six matches, including a victory over leaders Leeds United, they are pushing hard for a top-six spot and a chance to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Saturday's fixture is available free on Robins TV Live to Season Card holders (the stream starts one hour ahead of kick-off with all the build-up, analysis, and post-match comments). Non-Season Card holders can purchase an audio pass, no video stream is available to non-Season Card holders as the match has been selected for broadcast by Sky Sports.

MATCH DETAILS

  • Date: Saturday, July 4th 2020
  • Kick-off: 3pm
  • Competition: Sky Bet Championship
  • Where: Ashton Gate
  • Officials: Tim Robinson (referee), Ian Cooper and Sam Lewis (assistants), John Busby (fourth official)

HEAD TO HEAD


W: 38 (41%)
D: 21
L: 34

 

FORM - Includes pre-suspension
Bristol City: LLLDD
Cardiff City: DWWWD

Club news

  • City have bid farewell to Bailey Wright with the captain departing the club this week.
  • Lee Johnson has called on City to play much like they did against Nottingham Forest in midweek, to give themselves a chance in the run-in.
  • Have you been one of our prize draw winners? Tune into Robins TV Live this weekend to see if you're our next lucky winner...
  • City Women have made a trio of signings this week
  • Zak Vyner speaks to the Robins Matchday Programme, part of your pre-reading package ahead of kick-off.
  • Neil Harris' men are without recently departed striker Omar Bogle and defenders Matthew Connolly and Jazz Richards, whose contracts were not renewed for the June 30th deadline. They also saw Albert Adomah return to parent club Nottingham Forest this week after a successful spell on loan.

Word from the camp

Zak Vyner says everyone will be aware of the importance of the Severnside derby, with thousands of supporters set to tune in via Robins TV.

Academy graduate Vyner is hoping to be selected again - having appeared in City's last two outings which included a "sterling performance" in the midweek trip to Nottingham Forest - and in doing so would make his first senior appearance in the derby.

Memorable match

Cardiff City 0-1 Bristol City
Sunday, November 10th 2019
Sky Bet Championship
Cardiff City Stadium
Scorer: Brownhill 67
Attendance: 23,846

Josh Brownhill’s stunning strike earned City their first win on Cardiff territory for 17 years when the sides met in South Wales earlier this season.

December 2002 had been the last time the Robins sealed victory in the Welsh capital – Brian Tinnion from the penalty spot and Cardiff-born Christian Roberts were the heroes that day – but this time it was City’s on- eld captain who blasted in a right- footed shot from distance to take the three points back to Bristol.

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

City starting XI: Bentley, Baker, Kalas, Williams, Pedro Pereira, O'Dowda, Rowe, Ádám Nagy, Brownhill, Watkins, Weimann

 

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