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PREVIEW | CARDIFF V TOWN

31 October 2017

Current standings: Neil Warnock’s Cardiff sit third after a frustrating 0-0 draw at home to Millwall last time out. Town are 10th following a dramatic victory over Burton at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday.

League form:

Cardiff – W D L W D. Points: 8/15.

The Bluebirds got off to a flyer this season, with Warnock’s side winning their first five league games – having scored 10 and conceded just two. The winning run led to the boss collecting the Manager of the Month award, with Town’s Mick McCarthy one of the other nominees. Since then it’s been a bit more up and down for the Welsh club. Big wins over Leeds and Middlesbrough have kept them in the play-off places, but defeat to Birmingham and consecutive home draws have hampered their automatic promotion push.

Leeds (H) W 3-1

Derby (H) D 0-0

Birmingham (A) L 1-0

Middlesbrough (A) W 1-0

Millwall (H) D 0-0

Town – W L L L W. Points: 6/15.

Blues bounced back from three successive defeats with a last-gasp victory over Burton at the wekeend. Mick’s side are two points outside the play-off places, with a game in hand against Derby to come in November.

Sunderland (H) W 5-2

Bristol City (H) L 3-1

Sheffield United (A) L 1-0

Norwich (H) L 1-0

Burton (A) W 2-1

Previous meetings at Cardiff City Stadium:

05.10.11 Cardiff 2-2 Town

12.01.13 Cardiff 0-0 Town

21.10.14 Cardiff 3-1 Town

12.03.16 Cardiff 1-0 Town

18.03.17 Cardiff 3-1 Town

Last time we met: 18.03.17 Cardiff 3-1 Town.

A Kenneth Zohore double helped Cardiff to three points when the two clubs last met in March. The Danish striker netted an equaliser with a close-range volley, before sweeping home after a flowing counter-attack to put his side ahead early in the second-half. Chambers had headed Mick’s Blues in front 23 minutes in to give Town a dream start, but they were soon pegged back by the hosts. Joe Bennett’s goal half an hour from time sealed the points for the home side.

One to watch: Junior Hoilett.

Hoilett has been directly involved in seven goals for his side this season, with three goals and four assists to his name in all competitions. The Canadian attacker has been a danger man for the Welsh side, and collected a goal and an assist in the crucial victory over Leeds last month. 

Could be the difference: Cardiff’s home record.

Tuesday’s hosts are yet to lose at the Cardiff City Stadium this campaign, with four wins and three draws from their opening seven Championship matches. The Bluebirds could prove a tough nut to crack having conceded just three league goals at their ground this term.


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