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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

The Bluebirds are back at CCS this Friday…

5 April 2018

It’s a battle of the top two at Cardiff City Stadium on Friday night as Cardiff City host Wolverhampton Wanderers in a huge Sky Bet Championship clash.

Wolves make the trip to South Wales off the back of a 2-2 draw against Hull City on Tuesday evening. They currently sit first in the table with 86 points. The Bluebirds are six points behind in second place, with a game in hand on the league leaders.

Ticket Update - Cardiff City vs. Wolves

What to expect from Wolves…

Nuno Espírito Santo’s side have won 26 of their 40 matches as the 2017/18 campaign draws closer to its finale.

They last tasted defeat in a 4-1 loss against promotion hopefuls Aston Villa in mid-March. That loss and a 2-0 defeat to Fulham at the end of February are their only two setbacks in the last 13 games.

Fresh from his penalty against Hull, Diogo Jota (pictured above) sits at the top of the goal-scoring charts for Wolves netting on 14 occasions in the league thus far - the fifth highest in the division. The 21 year-old, who will make his loan from Atlético Madrid permanent in the summer, also has five assists to his name this season.

Fellow attacker Ivan Cavaleiro has also been a standout player for his club in this campaign, netting nine and setting up 12 goals – the third highest assist tally in the league - for his teammates in the process. The 24 year-old has represented the Portuguese national team at every level from U17 to the senior side, as well as making 76 appearances in all competitions since his move from Monaco in the summer of 2016.

In the hot seat…

Nuno’s managerial career started in his native Portugal with Rio Ave two years after he hung up his boots in 2010. The 44 year-old guided Rio Grande to a UEFA Cup campaign for the first time in the club’s history during his first season at the helm.

Spells with Valencia and Porto – where he has two stints as a player – eventually led him to Molineux in May 2017 where he signed a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Previous meetings…

The Bluebirds have been victorious in four of the last five meetings against Friday’s opponents, with the reverse fixture in August seeing goals from Joe Ralls and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing secure a 2-1 triumph for Neil Warnock’s men.

The last meeting at Cardiff City Stadium also ended in a City victory and by the same score line. The Bluebirds put in a superb performance after going 1-0 down with second half strikes from Matthew Connolly and Monday’s goal-scorer Anthony Pilkington enough to defeat a Wolves side that was then managed by current Stoke City manager Paul Lambert. City fans will also remember the huge impact made by half-time substitution Kenneth Zohore during this match. This was Zohore’s first league appearance under the management of Warnock – coming off the bench to assist the winning goal.

Club connections…

Former City favourites Jay Bothroyd and Roger Johnson have represented both sides in their senior careers. Bothroyd actually also played alongside former strike partner and Bluebird Andy Keogh during his time at Molineux, in which he scored 12 goals in 55 appearances.

City No.15 Greg Halford has also played for Friday’s opponents, spending two years with Wanderers before a loan spell with Portsmouth became permanent in 2011.

Other players to sport the colours of both sides include Scott MaloneSeyi OlofinjanaJoe Mason and Adam Le Fondre. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing’s career began with Wolves at the age of just 17, but he left for Peterborough in 2012 without making a senior appearance.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Cardiff City 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

6 April 2018

Cardiff City were consigned to their first defeat in 14 league matches as they suffered late penalty heartbreak against Wolverhampton Wanderers at CCS.

Neil Warnock made three changes to the side that drew with Sheffield United last time out - Lee Peltier, Yanic Wildschut and Craig Bryson came into the starting eleven.

The Bluebirds’ first opportunity came after four minutes through Sol Bamba. Junior Hoilett’s corner to the back post found the centre-half, who leapt high before heading wide.

Wolves were then kept out by two superb Neil Etheridge stops within the space of a minute. Rúben Neves first tested the Filipino international from range, and he acrobatically saved to his right. Then, Jota fired to the 28-year-old’s left from a similar position and he strongly parried away.

After 35 minutes, Hoilett sent Bennett through on goal with a wonderful through-ball down the left wing. The 28-year-old sprinted into the area and was pressured by the oncoming goalkeeper before striking agonisingly wide of the right post.

The hosts continued to test the Wolves 'keeper and Wildschut’s free-kick looked destined for goal soon after. From 30 yards, he struck the ball beautifully towards the top right corner and it took a magnificent Ruddy save to keep the game at a stalemate.

After the interval, it took four minutes for the first action to occur as the visitors came close. Benik Afobe slotted a through-ball to put Léo Bonatini through on goal and Etheridge dashed off his line, forcing the striker to cannon an effort of the post.

But after 67 minutes, the visitors broke the deadlock with a Neves set-piece. Just minutes after sending a free-kick well over Etheridge's bar, the midfielder made no mistake with his second attempt - finding the top corner from distance.

Gunnarsson looked to produce something special with an ambitious effort after 84 minutes. The 28-year-old remained calm to control the ball at his feet as three opposition players charged at him before firing wide of the left upright.

Deep into five minutes of added time, City were awarded a spot-kick as Anthony Pilkington was fouled in the box. Madine stepped up, but Ruddy sprang to his left to parry away.

Incredibly, there was further drama to come, as City won another penalty when Gunnarsson was brought down in the area. This time, Hoilett took responsibility and was cruelly denied by the crossbar.

That proved to be the last action of a dramatic finale to the match in the Welsh capital, with the Bluebirds consigned to their first defeat in 14 league games.

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Peltier, Bennett, Morrison, Zohore (Pilkington 84’), Bamba, Gunnarsson, Paterson (Mendez-Laing 51’), Bryson, Hoilett, Wildschut (Madine 72’).

Subs not used: Murphy, Ecuele Manga, Damour, Traoré.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Ruddy, Doherty, Douglas, Bennett, Neves, Boly, Coady, Jota (Cavaleiro 67’), Afobe (N’Diaye 77’), Saiss, Bonatini (Costa 58’).

Subs not used: Norris, Batth, Gibbs-White, Hause.

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Ticket News

Ticket Update | Cardiff City vs. Wolves

4 April 2018

It's a busy week at Cardiff City FC Ticket Office with the 2018/19 Season Ticket Early Bird Price Window deadline fast approaching as well as City vs. Wolves…

As of 10am on Thursday, 5th April 2018, 27,500 tickets have been sold for Friday evening’s clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Bluebirds have a 100% league record at Cardiff City Stadium in 2018 going into this clash of the Sky Bet Championship top two.

The Family Stand & Family Tickets are now sold out for this fixture. Areas in Level 4 and 5 of the Ninian Stand at Cardiff City Stadium have now been opened for sale.

There are four ways to purchase a ticket for Cardiff City vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers. With in-person sales and our Ticket Office phoneline currently very busy, we recommend purchasing online or via the Ticketmaster quick purchase number below:

Any tickets purchased after 4pm on Tuesday, 3rd April 2018 will not be sent out, and will be available for collection from CCS. With queues anticipated on matchday, please allow extra time for ticket collections.

ICYMI | Buy early to secure the best priced 2018/19 Cardiff City Season Ticket!

Our Early Bird Price Window for 2018/19 Cardiff City Season Tickets ends at 11:59pm on Sunday, 8th April 2018.

Current Season Ticket Holders remember – you have until this date to reserve your seat and secure the Early Bird price.

How to buy:

Finance options are available, subject to approval. Click here for 2018/19 Season Ticket Prices!

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