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Match Preview: Burton Albion vs. Cardiff City

3 August 2017

Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City side begin their 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship campaign away at Burton Albion on Saturday, 5th August 2017.

City travel to Staffordshire to face Nigel Clough’s side in their first match of the season full of confidence following an enjoyable pre-season campaign that culminated with a 4-0 victory over Livingston.

Jackson Irvine during pre-season, vs. WBA

What to expect from Burton...

The Brewers welcome City to the Pirelli Stadium off the back of an impressive 2-1 win over former Premier League Champions Leicester City in their final warm-up match on Tuesday evening. Clough’s side have embraced their pre-season campaign playing nine games resulting in some strong outcomes such as their 9-0 win over Arnold Town. However, they did suffer defeat at Montgomery Waters Meadow against Shrewsbury Town.

Those nine fixtures will stand the Brewers in good stead and they will be hoping to better their 20th place finish in the Sky Bet Championship last season.

Standouts from that campaign include midfielder Jackson Irvine – who was named the club’s player of the season in his first spell in English football after scoring 10 goals in 42 appearances.

Former Leicester City winger Lloyd Dyer is also among the Albion ranks and was a key player during their first Sky Bet Championship campaign. chipping in with seven goals after arriving on a free transfer from Burnley last summer.

Captain John Mousinho has been at the club since 2014. Signed by Gary Rowett on a free transfer from Preston North End, the 31-year-old played a major part in Burton’s to back-to-back promotions from both Sky Bet League One and Two.

Stephen Warnock signed for Burton Albion this summer

The hosts’ transfer window…

Clough has been a very busy man so far this summer, bringing in five players including breaking their transfer record to sign Ross County striker Liam Boyce on a three-year deal. Clinical during his time with the Staggies, Boyce will be missed by his new side for most the campaign after an anterior cruciate ligament rupture during pre-season.

Albion have also brought further Championship experience with the likes of Stephen Warnock, Jake Buxton & Hope Akpan signing from Wigan Athletic (Warnock & Buxton) and Blackburn Rovers (Akpan). Midfielder Luke Murphy has also re-joined for another loan spell from Leeds United and Matty Lund put pen-to-paper with the Brewers after his contract with Rochdale expired.

Rhys Healey netted a late winner as Cardiff City defeated Burton Albion in late January

Previous meetings…

The last meeting between Burton Albion & Cardiff City ended in dramatic fashion, with Neil Warnock’s side picking up a 1-0 victory in late January 2017 thanks to Rhys Healey’s last minute headed effort.

The two sides met competitively for the first time in August 2010 at Cardiff City Stadium in League Cup action. The Bluebirds came out on top 4-1 on that day, with Jay Bothroyd, Ross McCormack (2) & Michael Chopra netting - the latter three goals coming in extra time. Highlights of this match can be found on iFollow Cardiff City.

Ben Turner played for the Bluebirds between 2011-2016

Club connections…

Several players have spent time at City and Albion. New City ‘keeper Lee Camp completed a loan spell at the Staffordshire club back in 2003, while full-backs John Brayford and Scott Malone have also represented both clubs during their professional careers. Ben Turner is the most recent connection between the Bluebirds & Brewers – the 29-year-old having joined Burton last summer and has recently signed a new two-year contract extension.

The Pirelli Stadium - Home of Burton Albion

Don’t miss a moment…

Listen: Subscribers of iFollow Cardiff City can listen to live commentary from the Pirelli Stadium via our official app.


UK & Ireland - Extended highlights and the full 90’ will be available to view on iFollow Cardiff City from 12pm on Sunday, 6th August 2017.

International – International subscribers of iFollow Cardiff City can watch this match live. More details of this can be found here.

Live blog: The new ‘match centre’ on our official Cardiff City FC website will provide moment-by-moment updates.

Social: Live updates will also be available throughout via our official Twitter account, @CardiffCityFC.

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Match Reports

Report: Burton Albion 0-1 Cardiff City

5 August 2017

Kenneth Zohore's superb curling effort secures victory for City on opening day...

Neil Warnock's side lined up at Burton Albion with a five-man defence. Joe Bennett and Lee Peltier playing as full-backs either side of a central defensive three of Sol Bamba, Bruno Ecuele Manga and Sean Morrison. The Cardiff City boss gave competitive debuts to Lee Tomlin and Neil Etheridge. Aron Gunnarsson, Joe Ralls, Junior Hoilett and Kenneth Zohore were also given the nod on opening day.

The Bluebirds had the ball in the back of the net with just six minutes on the clock when Zohore expertly converted Bennett's cross from the left side. Unfortunately for Zohore and City, the assistant referee had already raised his flag, ruling out this clinical finish.

The host enjoyed strong spells of possession in the opening period without really threatening the clean sheet of new City shot stopper Etheridge. Jackson Irvine's powerful effort on 40 minutes drifted well over the bar before the two teams exchanged their best chances late in the half.

Forward Zohore was played in behind the Burton Albion defence for the first time, playmaker Tomlin with a deft pass to beat the defence, but Ken's curling effort from the edge of the box drifted wide of goal on 42 minutes. Warnock's men were nearly punished on the counter just one minute later when Lloyd Dyer found Marvin Sordell free inside the penalty box. A great interception from Bamba ensured the first half would end goalless.

Lee Tomlin vs. Burton Albion

Neil Warnock's Cardiff City side came out for the second period determined to make their mark on the match - and were unfortunate not to go ahead inside five minutes of the restart. Canadian international Hoilett forced a fine stop from our former loanee Stephen Bywater before the experienced 'keeper made an even stronger save from the resulting corner kick, somehow keeping out Bamba's close range volley.

The introduction of Loïc Damour and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing from the substitutes bench after 65 minutes opened up the match as City did everything they could to secure an opening day away win. The latter, recently signed from Rochdale, latched onto Damour's wonderful backheel after 82 minutes before lashing a powerful shot over the bar from just inside the area. Mendez-Laing was involved again three minutes later, feeding fellow debutant Danny Ward, but his shot was cleared by Jake Buxton.

The Cardiff City pressure continued, and the away side were finally rewarded for their positive football with a winning goal with just three minutes left on the clock. Danish U21 international and 2016/17 top goalscorer Zohore received the ball from Damour wide on the right, breaking infield before unleashing an unstoppable low drive that flew into the bottom right corner of the net - much to the delight of the travelling 1,755 City fans.

The team celebrate together following Zohore's winning goal!

Referee Geoff Eltringham announced five minutes would be added on, but the Bluebirds held strong to secure a first opening day win since 2012.


Burton Albion: Bywater, Warnock, Mousinho (Sbarra 89'), McFadzean, Murphy, Lund, Akins, Dyer (Varney 78’), Sordell (Akpan 64’), Buxton, Irvine. Subs Not Used: Campbell, Naylor, Palmer, Barker.

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Morrison, Manga (Damour 65’), Bamba, Bennett, Peltier, Ralls, Gunnarsson, Hoilett (Ward 80'), Tomlin (Mendez-Laing 65’), Zohore. Subs Not Used: Murphy, Richards, Halford, Pilkington.

The fans celebrate an opening day win!

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Ticket News

Away Days - Ticket News: Burton Albion vs. Cardiff City

City kick off 2017/18 at Pirelli Stadium on August 5th...

12 July 2017

Update: Tickets have now sold out for our away trip to Burton Albion.


Burton Albion v Cardiff City – Saturday, 5th August 2017 (3pm)

Seating Ticket Prices:

Adults: £24.00
Senior Citizens 65+: £22.00
Young Person 17-22yrs: £22.00
Under 17: £14.00

Terrace Ticket Prices:

Adults: £20.00
Senior Citizens 65+: £18.00
Young Person 17-22yrs: £15.00
Under 17: £7.00

Disabled Allocations:

Disabled (Ambulant + Wheelchair) at relevant age band. Carer free of charge

Additional Information:

*Young Persons must be in possession of ID to qualify for concession.

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