Cardiff City travel to Sheffield Wednesday on Good Friday in the Sky Bet Championship for their first fixture of the Easter weekend...
Sheffield Wednesday go into Friday’s game in good form, having taken seven points from their last three Championship games.
Indeed, last time out, the Owls recorded an impressive 2-1 victory over second-place Newcastle United at Hillsborough, thanks to goals from Tom Lees and Steven Fletcher.
The Owls have an abundance of striking options at their disposal, having used the January transfer window to add even more firepower. Wednesday brought in forwards Jordan Rhodes and Sam Winnall from Middlesbrough and Barnsley respectively and can also call on top scorer Fernando Forestieri, Fletcher and Gary Hooper.
Darren Purse joined Cardiff City in 2005 and was immediately given the captain’s armband. He stayed at Ninian Park for four years, making over 100 appearances before joining Sheffield Wednesday in 2009. He was again made team captain straight away before moving to Millwall in 2011.
Purse’s defensive partner at Cardiff City was often Glenn Loovens and the Dutch centre-half also signed for the Owls in 2013. The former Netherlands international is currently part of the Owls' team pushing for the Championship Play-Offs.
Many other players have turned out for both the Bluebirds and the Owls in recent seasons, including Jay Bothroyd, Roger Johnson, Seyi Olofinjana, Stephen McPhail and Graham Kavanagh.
The Bluebirds travelled to Hillsborough on 16th March 2013 looking to continue their march to the Premier League.
Chances were scarce in the first half but City broke the deadlock just before half time. Wednesday failed to deal with a Craig Bellamy corner and midfielder Don Cowie fired home from the edge of the area.
The Bluebirds made the it 2-0 just after the hour mark. Peter Whittingham sent in a dangerous frequent kick that was not dealt with by Wednesday ‘keeper Chris Kirkland. Defender Matt Connolly reacted first, heading the ball into the back of the net to double City’s advantage.
The Bluebirds defended well until the final whistle to record a win which ensured they went seven points clear at the top of the Championship table.
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