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Match Preview: Wolves vs. Cardiff City

City head to Molineux looking to maintain their 100% record...

18 August 2017

The Bluebirds make their second away trip of the season on Saturday afternoon as they travel to the Black Country to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Neil Warnock’s men will be looking to retain their 100% record following their comfortable 2-0 victory over Sheffield United on Tuesday evening. 

What to expect from Wolves…

Nuno Espírito Santo’s team have had a similar start to the season as City, remaining unbeaten so far in this campaign. Three consecutive wins against Middlesbrough, Derby County and Hull City have seen them join the Bluebirds at the summit of the Sky Bet Championship table. 

This perfect form will provide City with a good test on Saturday afternoon, with Wolves also looking to maintain their successful start and make it four wins from four matches. 

Record singing Ruben Neves has already made a name for himself in the Championship since his move from Porto. The 20 year-old captained Portugal at youth level, as well as appearing on two occasions for the senior side. Neves opened his account on Tuesday evening with a long-range effort.

Bright Enobakhare is another who has taken this season by the scruff of the neck. The 19 year-old has already made 20 appearances for Wolves and has been a handful for his opposition. Known for his pace and power, the Nigerian will no doubt be looking to further cement his place in the first team. 

25 year-old Nouha Dicko will be a familiar face to City as he has encountered the Bluebirds for four different Championship sides. Appearing for Wigan, Blackpool, Wolves and Rotherham, the Frenchman has an impressive 31 goals in 94 games for Wanderers. 

The hosts transfer window so far…

Nuno Espírito Santo has been very busy equipping his team for the forthcoming season, having brought in eight new faces. 

Young midfielder Neves joined from Porto for a club-record fee, while John Ruddy (Norwich), Will Norris (Cambridge United) and Barry Douglas (Konyaspor) have all joined on permanent deals. 

Wanderers have also brought in four loan players for the season, with Willy Boly also joining from Nuno’s former employers, Porto. Striker Leo Bonatini has been brought in from Al-Hilal in the Saudi Pro League, while Diogo Jota (Atletico Madrid) and Ruben Vinagre (Monaco) have also linked up with the Black Country side for the 2017/18 campaign. 

Previous meetings…

The Bluebirds have been victorious in three of the last four meetings against Saturday’s opponents, with two of those coming at CCS. The most recent seeing Matthew Connolly and Anthony Pilkington help stage an exciting comeback for a 2-1 City win. 

Wolves denied City a fourth straight victory in the last meeting at Molineux back in April, a match that saw Kenneth Zohore score his 11th goal of the season. 

Club connections… 

Former City striker Joe Mason joined Wolves in the January transfer window of 2016, and has gone on to make 31 appearances for them. Adam le Fondre also joined Wanderers from City on-loan for the 2015/16 season before spells with Wigan and Bolton. 

In-form City winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing came through the ranks with the Black Country side, before moving to Peterborough United.

Defenders Roger Johnson, Scott Malone and Greg Halford have also worn the colours of both sides, while Jay Bothroyd and Andy Keogh – now playing in Australia  - also appeared for both clubs.

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Match Reports

Report | Wolves 1-2 Cardiff

19 August 2017

Former Wolves youth team player Nathaniel Mendez-Laing nets the winner at Molineux as City make it four wins from four games..

The Bluebirds & Wolves both went into this match with 100% win records in the Sky Bet Championship for 2017/18. Neil Warnock made two changes from the team that beat Sheffield United, with Lee Peltier and Loïc Damour coming into the starting eleven.

It was the away side who started strongest. Junior Hoilett denied a penalty kick after six minutes despite contact being made inside the penalty box. It was Hoilett who had the first real shot of the match on seventeen minutes - John Ruddy making a smart stop low to his right to deny the Canadian international.

The Bluebirds went even closer from the resulting corner kick. Sol Bamba powering a header over off the crossbar, much to the relief of the home side. Bamba again troubled Wolves after 22 minutes, this time heading wide from a Ralls corner kick.

Bright Enobakhare and Jota spurned chances for Nuno’s team in the first period. Kenneth Zohore’s low shot late in the half was blocked, while Jazz Richards fired over from distance.

Chances were at a premium in this top of the table clash - but the tackles flew in. Hoilett, Joe Ralls & Damour were booked for City in the first period, while Wolves’ Roman Saiss also saw yellow for a late tackle.

A competitive match that was waiting for a goal, which finally came after 54 minutes. Hoilett, who has returned from the Gold Cup with Canada in fine form, broke down the left wing before passing to Ralls inside the box. The 23-year-old central midfielder made no mistake in sweeping the ball home first time beyond Ruddy to give Neil Warnock's side the lead.

Former Norwich City goalkeeper Ruddy was required on a number of occasions to stop Cardiff from increasing their advantage. Zohore powering through the home defence on 65 & 66 minutes to test the former England shot stopper. Ruddy's expert saves proved even more important as Wolves equalised with just over 20 minutes remaining, Leo Bonatini diverting the ball home at close range following a powerful cross from Barry Douglas.

It was an end-to-end match after the second goal hit the net. The Bluebirds pushing hard to regain their advantage and maintain that 100% record in 2017/18. The crucial third goal came on 77 minutes, with a former player coming back to stun the home team.


Danish forward Zohore did excellently to hold off his marker and release the ball to Nathaniel Mendez-Laing on the right side. The former Rochdale & Wolves man took a touch to set himself before unleashing an unstoppable shot beyond Ruddy, much to the delight of the 1,500+ travelling City supporters.

Wolves came at the Bluebirds for the final moments of the match, but the back four & Neil Etheridge held strong to ensure City's superb start to the 2017/18 campaign would continue.

FINAL SCORE: WOLVES 1-2 CARDIFF CITY (Bonatini 67'; Ralls 54', Mendes-Laing 77')

Wolves: Ruddy, Doherty, Douglas (Dicko 78’), Neves, Boly, Coady, Jota, Miranda, Enobakhare (Cavaleiro 58’), Saiss (Ronan 83’), Bonatini. Subs Not Used: Norris, Bennett, Batth, Price.

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Peltier, Richards, Morrison, Bamba, Ralls, Gunnarsson, Damour (Manga 90’), Mendez-Laing, Hoilett (Ward 83’), Zohore. Subs Not Used: Murphy, Halford, Kennedy, Tomlin, Bogle.

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Ticket News

Away Days - Ticket News: Wolves vs. Cardiff City

Bluebirds head to Molineux on August 19th...

17 August 2017

Adult tickets at £25, concessions from £10...


Wolverhampton Wanderers v Cardiff City – Saturday, 19th August 2017 (3pm)

Please note, only Cardiff City FC Season Ticket holders and Gold Members are eligible to purchase.

Steve Bull Stand (Lower Tier):

Adults: £25:00
Senior Citizens 65+: £15:00
Under 21: £15:00
Under 17: £12:00
Under 12: £10.00

Disabled Allocations:

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

Additional Information:

*Supporters under 21 years of age should carry identification, which may be required at Molineux. Collection only on Tickets purchased after Wednesday, 16th August 2017. No sales will be available on the day - please buy in advance.

0845 345 1400

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