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Match Preview | Cardiff City vs. Sheffield United

The Bluebirds host the Blades at CCS on Tuesday evening...

14 August 2017

Cardiff City host newly promoted Sheffield United at CCS, with Neil Warnock's men hoping to continue their 100% start to the 2017/18 season.

The Bluebirds welcome Chris Wilder’s team to the Welsh capital just three days after their dominant 3-0 over Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon, while the Blades are on the road again after they suffered a 1-0 defeat away at Middlesbrough.

What to expect from the Blades…

With a rather impressive victory on the opening day against Brentford, Sheffield United have enjoyed a decent start to the '17/18 season. Following that 1-0 win at Bramall Lane, the Blades matched up against Walsall in the Carabao Cup – a match they also prevailed in – winning 3-2.

Wilder’s men did taste defeat last time out when they travelled to Teesside, but will not be short of confidence and will be determined to better their last Sky Bet Championship finish of 23rd, which saw them relegated at the end of the 2010/11 season.

United’s main goal-scoring threat comes in the form of striker Billy Sharp. Joining the Yorkshire club for a second spell in 2015, Sharp has a mightily impressive 52 goals in 91 games. The 31 year-old has already opened his account for the season after netting the only goal in that win over Brentford.

New signing John Lundstram is known for his ability to dictate play in the middle of the park. The capability shown by the 23 year-old was admired by United, and they went on to sign him from Oxford United a month ago. The former Everton youngster has represented England from U17-U20 level, and will be keen to win the approval his new manager.

Leon Clarke is another available option to Wilder for Tuesday evening’s fixture and played a significant part in their promotion success last season. Seven goals in 24 fixtures for the Blades saw him partner Sharp in their opening day win, with the 32 year-old being known for his aerial threat and strength.

United’s transfer window so far…

The Blades have been busy strengthening their squad for their first Championship season for seven years, bringing in no less than seven new recruits.

As previously mentioned, United have signed Lundstram following their successful League One campaign. Wilder has also brought in defender Richard Stearman from Fulham and George Baldock from MK Dons, who took United’s place in League One following their relegation. Left sided player Enda Stevens also arrived on a free transfer from Portsmouth.

The Blades have also brought in Welshman Ched Evans for a second spell at the club, while highly rated winger Nathan Thomas was Wilder’s first summer signing from Hartlepool United. Goalkeeper Jamal Blackman has also arrived on a season-long loan deal from Premier League Champions, Chelsea.

Previous meetings…

The last fixture between the Bluebirds and Sheffield United came in that season they were relegated, as City secured a 2-0 win at Bramall Lane thanks to goals from Craig Bellamy and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

The Bluebirds are unbeaten in the last four fixtures against Tuesday’s opponents (two wins and two draws) while you have to date back to March 2009 to find United’s last victory.

Club connections…

Neil Warnock, a childhood Sheffield United supporter, spent eight seasons managing the Blades from 1999-2007. He was assisted at Brammal Lane by Kevin Blackwell, who himself would take the reins at the club, replacing Brian Robson as boss in February 2008.

Sheffield United defender John Brayford and ‘keeper Simon Moore have both made the move from South Wales to South Yorkshire in recent years.

Brayford spent two years at City before joining the Blades on loan and then joining permanently in 2015. While Moore arrived at Bramall Lane at the beginning for last summer, and made a massive contribution to United’s promotion success, playing 43 out of 46 games last season.

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Match Reports

Match Report | Cardiff City 2-0 Sheffield United

City continue their 100% winning start to '17/18...

15 August 2017

Cardiff City continued their perfect start to the 2017/18 season with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Sheffield United.

Skipper Sean Morrison headed the Bluebirds in front at Cardiff City Stadium on the stroke of half-time, before the in-form Nathaniel Mendez-Laing added a superb second after the interval.

The Blades got the game underway but it was the Bluebirds who created the first chance of the game when Morrison almost linked up with Bruno Ecuele Manga from a corner in the second minute.

City continued to pressure the United defence with in-form Mendez-Laing causing problems on the right. In the eleventh minute, Lee Tomlin showed great skill to dribble the ball into the box, but his low shot went inches wide of Jamal Blackman’s goal.

United then went on to enjoy a spell of possession before a Cardiff counter attack saw Canadian international Junior Hoilett have a fine curling effort tipped over by Blackman.

The game became increasingly lively with Jazz Richards trying his luck from thirty yards only to see his audacious effort crash against the crossbar. Billy Sharp also had an effort go narrowly wide for the visitors.

Just after the half-hour mark, Tomlin saw a first-time effort miss the target before Zohore was set free by Hoilett only to see his shot roll just wide of goal.

However, just before half-time Mendez-Laing produced an excellent run on the right to eventually win a corner for City. Midfielder Joe Ralls delivered a high, swerving ball which was headed in emphatically by skipper Morrison.

The Blades, however, missed a glorious chance to draw level when Sharp volleyed inches wide in first-half added time.

Just ten minutes after half-time, Mendez-Laing made it 2-0 to the hosts. The winger's wonderful individual skill saw him beat his marker, before curling superbly into the far right corner.

Shortly after, Coutts forced a fine save from Etheridge when the midfielder had a swerving effort from the right of City’s goal.

Around the hour mark City had chances to extend their lead with Zohore and Morrison going close. Cardiff’s number ten had a free-kick saved superbly by Blackman after 62 minutes.

Despite the Bluebirds being on the front foot they had to stay focussed at the back as Sol Bamba reacted immensely to deny United three times.

In the closing stages, Wilder’s men pushed for a goal but were denied several chances as the Bluebirds backline stood strong in the face of its opposition.

In added time, Evans and Fleck produced two fine attempts that were saved brilliantly by Etheridge.

However, Lee Mason then blew the full-time whistle, with the Bluebirds keeping their third successive clean sheet. As a result, Neil Warnock's men continued their 100% start to the season and sit at the summit of the Sky Bet Championship table.

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