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Match Preview | Cardiff City vs. Aston Villa

11 August 2017

The Bluebirds welcome Aston Villa to CCS for their first league game in front of the home crowd on Saturday 12th August.

Neil Warnock’s side will be looking to back up their opening day victory over Burton Albion as they host Villa in the Welsh capital.

What to expect from the Villans…

After their pre-season tour of Germany, Villa were held to a 1-1 draw with Hull City on the opening day. Having had just two days to recover from a Carabao Cup victory over Colchester on Thursday, Steve Bruce’s side will want to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

Having made a number of changes during midweek, Villa are expected to be back to full strength for their trip to South Wales and will be looking forward to their first away trip in the league this season. 

Bruce has a number of standout players at his disposal for his visit to CCS that contains striker Gabby Agbonlahor, who scored in their opening fixture against Wolves. Having spent the majority of his career with the Villa, the 30 year-old has scored 35 goals in 336 appearances for the Claret and Blues. 

Former Brentford forward Scott Hogan is another who possesses a goal-scoring eye. 21 goals in 33 games earned him a move to the midlands in January and saw him join the strong attack force that Villa boasts. The 25 year-old has scored one goal in the five appearances he has made so far.

Henri Lansbury is another that has the ability to make things tick for Bruce’s men. Having impressed in a Villa shirt since his move from Nottingham Forest, the former Arsenal youth prospect’s is known for his passing play in the centre of midfield. 

The visitors’ transfer activity... 

Bruce has had a very busy transfer period so far, adding six players to his ranks at Villa Park. 

The standout of those being former Chelsea captain John Terry who arrived after his contract with the Premier League Champions expired at the start of July. Bruce has also brought in former Blackburn Rovers centre half Chris Samba on a free transfer after his release by Panathinaikos. 

Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) and Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) have also both arrived in recent weeks, while Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur) and ‘keeper Sam Johnstone (Manchester United) have joined on season-long loan deals.  

Previous meetings… 

The last fixture at CCS saw Joe Ralls score the only goal as City triumphed in a 1-0 win which started a three game winning run for the Bluebirds, who went on to secure wins over Bristol City and Burton Albion

Before the two sides met in the League Cup back in 2009, there hadn’t been a competitive fixture since 1975. Since then City and Villa have met in both the Premier League and Sky Bet Championship

Club connections…

City legend Peter Whittingham is the most noteworthy player to play for both sides, joining the Bluebirds from Villa in 2007. He went on to score 85 goals in 413 appearances under eight different managers. 

Current City defender Joe Bennett wore the claret and blue colours from 2012-2016 and made 30 appearances for Villa before making the move to South Wales and other players to play for both clubs include the likes of Rudy Gestede, Wayne Routledge, James Collins and Kieran Richardson.

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Match Report | Cardiff City 3-0 Aston Villa

City kick off their home league campaign in style...

12 August 2017

A superb performance from the Bluebirds saw them beat Aston Villa by three goals to nil in their first home league game of the season at Cardiff City Stadium.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing got on the score-sheet twice and was named man of the match on his full début, while a sublime piece of skill from Kenneth Zohore set up Junior Hoilett for City's other goal.

The sun was beating down on Cardiff City Stadium as Joe Ralls kicked-off proceedings in the first Championship home match of the season.

Villa’s Scott Hogan had the first chance of the match, but a brave rush from Neil Etheridge stopped the the visitors in their tracks.

It didn’t take long for the Bluebirds to get on the front foot though, with a fierce Hoilett shot from distance coming close to going in after a fumble from Samuel Johnstone, but the panicked Villa ‘keeper did just enough to keep hold of the ball on the line.

Zohore went close in the fifteenth minute with City playing out from defence, the forward using his strength and pace to beat the defender for a shot on goal that was saved. 

Soon after, Hoilett worked his magic on the wing to turn Alan Hutton inside out in the penalty box, his cross whipping across the face of goal with no City player able to get a touch on it.

The first score came after some confusion just outside the box – the lively Hoilett latching onto a bouncing ball to launch a lofted cross to the back post with Mendez-Laing on hand to head down to grab the lead. 

Both sides had chances in the remainder of the half. A header over the Villa defence led to Zohore breaking free to fire off a shot on goal which was blocked - the rebound falling to Loïc Damour whose shot beat the ‘keeper but was cleared by visitors. 

Villa had a strong start to the second period with Gabriel Agbonlahor dangerous in the box before Aron Gunnarson got rid of the ball. The resulting corner led to a break up field started by Sol Bamba, with Mendez-Laing unfortunate not to score.

Minutes later Zohore was again clear, holding off Wales international James Chester for a shot on target which was blocked again by the formidable Johnstone.

Not long after, Chester had a chance of his own, racing into the City box to meet a Henri Lansbury corner. He couldn’t take advantage; however, and his header bounced off the ground, thudding into the bar before being cleared.

City were gaining the upper hand and the Bluebirds made this dominance count by doubling their lead. A Damour pass through to Zohore led to the big Dane using his strength to power past flailing defenders, before chipping a sublime pass to the unmarked Hoilett who tapped in from short range.

The momentum was with the home side and Villa were kept on the back foot through some poor play, Mendez-Laing coming close to adding City’s third thanks to a misplaced pass but Johnstone did well to save once again.

He didn’t have to wait long to grab another goal though, nonchalantly wrong-footing the defender to curl into the top-right corner in sensational style.

The rest of the match was dominated by Cardiff, with several chances including efforts by Zohore, Mendez-Laing and Damour who had all been persistent thorns in the side of the Villa defence.

The referee’s full-time whistle brought an end to a sublime start to the home league season at Cardiff City Stadium - the Bluebirds enjoying their third win in a week and sending a large crowd home happy.

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August home games on sale now

12 July 2017

The Bluebirds open their home league campaign on August 12th against Aston Villa – and tickets for that mouth-watering clash are now on sale.

You can also book seats in advance of our CCS fixtures against Sheffield United (August 15th) and Queens Park Rangers (August 26th) by visiting our online ticketing site (HERE), calling 0845 345 1400 or dropping by in person to the Cardiff City Stadium Ticket Office.

Our fantastic value pricing structure sees Adult tickets for all three games available for as little as £15 in our Family zone.

Zone 4 Adult tickets are still priced at just £16 for Members and £18 General Sale for our ‘Bronze’ clash with Sheffield United and £18 and £20 respectively for ‘Gold’ games against Villa and QPR.

Senior, 16-21, Junior, Full-Time Student, Family and Disabled Enclosure pricing is also available.

Find Cardiff City’s 2017/18 match pricing in full here

Each of City’s twenty-three home league games are divided into three categories – Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Find out which matches fall into each category below…

2017/18 Match Classifications
GOLD SILVER BRONZE
Aston Villa Reading Preston North End
Birmingham City Millwall Brentford
Bristol City Middlesbrough Barnsley
Leeds United Sunderland Burton Albion
Nottingham Forest Sheffield Weds Bolton Wanderers
QPR Derby County Ipswich Town
Wolves Hull City Sheffield United
  Norwich City  
  Fulham  

Full terms & conditions apply, in line with Cardiff City FC's Customer Charter.

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