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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. Sunderland

The Bluebirds are back in league action this weekend…

11 January 2018

Cardiff City host Sunderland in front of the Sky Sports cameras (12:30pm KO) in their first home league fixture of 2018.

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Sunderland are seeking their first win in January, after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend, and a 1-0 loss at home to Barnsley on New Year’s Day.

What to expect from the Black Cats…

Delving back into 2017, Chris Coleman’s side had a varied run of results in December. Impressive wins over Fulham and Nottingham Forest saw them briefly escape the relegation zone before their loss to Barnsley – which has seen them drop back to the foot of the table.

However, they are just two points from safety having won four and drawn 10 of their 26 games played so far and boast the best goal difference in the bottom three.

Former Everton winger Aiden McGeady currently leads the goal-scoring charts following the departure of Lewis Grabban. The 31 year-old has five goals and three assists from the wing in the 24 appearances he has made in all competitions.

Academy graduate George Honeyman is another who has a good return this season, with four goals for the Black Cats. The 23 year-old has been one of Sunderland’s standout players thus far having played in 24 fixtures this season, missing just two games through injury.

In the hot seat…

Cardiff City Stadium will be extremely familiar to Chris Coleman. The Sunderland boss enjoyed many successful nights at our home ground as Wales manager, but swapped his five-year reign for the North of England in mid-November following the conclusion of his contract.

The 47 year-old started his managerial career in West London with Fulham, before moving abroad to take the reins at Spanish side Real Sociedad. Spells with Coventry City and Greek side Larissa soon followed before the former Welsh international made the decision to take over from the late Gary Speed as manager of his country in 2012.

Previous meetings…

The Bluebirds were victorious in the reverse fixture at the end of September, with a stunning Craig Bryson volley and a Joe Ralls penalty enough to secure a 2-1 victory.

We’ve met with Saturday’s opponents on 64 occasions winning 26 and drawing 17, with our largest victory being a 4-0 win at Ninian Park in February 2004.

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Club connections…

City legend Michael Chopra joined the Black Cats from South Wales in 2007, before returning on two separate occasions on loan in 2008 & 2009. The 34 year-old then joined us permanently at the end of the 2008/09 season scoring 28 goals in two years – taking his overall tally for the Bluebirds to 59.

Former Bluebird and academy graduate Adam Matthews is also a current member of the Sunderland squad, and it was his cross that saw McGeady scored the eventual winning goal in the aforementioned 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest at the end of December.

Other names to play for both clubs include City icon Graham Kavanagh, Greg Halford, Kenwyne Jones, Fraizer Campbell, and Bluebirds goalkeeping coach Andy Dibble.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Cardiff City 4-0 Sunderland

The Bluebirds hit four to dispatch The Black Cats at CCS…

13 January 2018

Cardiff City defeated Sunderland 4-0 in the Welsh capital to move into second-place in the Sky Bet Championship.

Neil Etheridge returned to goal for the home clash, while Sol Bamba, Joe Ralls, and Junior Hoilett came into the starting eleven. Furthermore, Yanic Wildschut took his place on the bench, and had time for a quick 'Ayatollah'.

The Bluebirds’ first chance came after five minutes when Ralls’ crossed free-kick from 35 yards reached Callum Paterson, who headed on target but into the arms of Robbin Ruiter.

After 19 minutes, Ralls made a tremendous tackle on the halfway line, that Nathaniel Mendez-Laing took advantage of to stride forward and pass the ball to Hoilett on the right side of the area. The Canadian cut it back to Ralls who shot on target from just inside the area, but the goalkeeper gathered.

Ralls came close again four minutes later, when he hammered a half-volley on target from the edge of the area, forcing Ruiter to leap to his right, and tip the ball wide for a corner.

After 35 minutes, Paterson was fouled on the edge of the area, and Junior Hoilett stepped up to whip a free-kick that went agonisingly wide of the top left corner. The Bluebirds were creating chances at will and getting closer to scoring each time.

Six minutes later, Ralls intercepted the ball and was immediately fouled on the edge of the area. Hoilett stepped up again to whip a free-kick that Ruiter tipped wide for a corner. Hoilett’s set-piece found Sean Morrison, who nodded across goal to find Kenneth Zohore, whose header at goal was deflected over.

After the interval, City came close immediately when Paterson hammered a shot on target and Ruiter tipped wide of goal for a corner. Paterson looked determined to break the deadlock and leapt to connect with Ralls’ corner, his header cannoning off the underside of the crossbar and into the net, putting the Bluebirds 1-0 up.

City were given an added boost three minutes later, when Didier Ndong was sent off on his return to the team after mistiming a lunging challenge on Hoilett.

The Bluebirds took full advantage of the man advantage and went 2-0 up after 55 minutes. Zohore beat his man and drove forward before squaring the ball from the left side of the area to Ralls. City's no.8 lofted it over Ruiter, rippling the back of the net, and securing his seventh goal of the season.

City continued to attack in waves in hunt of a third goal. They came close after 72 minutes when Ralls hammered a shot towards goal from the right side of the area, before Morrison’s header at the back post went agonisingly wide of the target.

Paterson then did brilliantly to secure a brace and made it 3-0 after 80 minutes. Zohore’s free-kick from just outside the box deflected off the wall and towards Paterson, whose left-footed strike found the bottom right corner of the net.

Late into the four minutes of added time debutant, Yannick Wildschut, provided a through-ball for Anthony Pilkington who slotted home to make it 4-0. With the icing on the Bluebirds' cake, the referee blew his whistle as the Bluebirds secured a big home victory.

FULL-TIME: CARDIFF CITY 4-0 SUNDERLAND (Paterson 46’, 80’, Ralls 55’, Pilkington 90+4’)

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Bennett, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Richards, Ralls, Zohore (Pilkington 82’), Bamba, Paterson, Mendez-Laing (Wildschut 59’), Hoilett (Feeney 82’).

Subs Not Used: Murphy, Tomlin, Halford, Damour.

Sunderland: Ruiter, Jones, Oviedo, O’Shea, Ndong, Browning, Maja (McManaman 78’), Honeyman, Gooch (Asoro 60’), Clarke-Salter, Wilson (Cattermole 46’).

Subs Not Used: Steele, Matthews, Love, Robson.

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Ticket News

Matchday Hospitality: Watch City vs. Sunderland in the Sony Suite!

Watch in style as the Bluebirds host the Black Cats...

8 January 2018

Cardiff City are back in Sky Bet Championship action this Saturday 13th January, welcoming Sunderland to CCS for a 12:30pm kick-off.

Cardiff City vs. Sunderland

  • Sony Suite - £69 (+ VAT) per person (U16: £34.50 + VAT)

To book or for further information, please call 0845 345 1405, email sales@cardiffcityfc.co.uk or click here.

Hospitality lounges will be opening from 10am ahead of Cardiff City vs. Sunderland, and will be serving a brunch menu.

Sony Suite

Sony Suite is equipped with the latest Sony products for you to enjoy in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere for all the family on matchday.

Sony Suite package includes:

  • Admission to Sony Suite 2.5 hours pre-match and 1.5 hours post-match
  • Executive balcony seating directly outside Sony Suite
  • Official Matchday Programme and Teamsheet
  • Pre-match hot buffet meal with two complimentary drinks upon arrival*
  • Half-time refreshments
  • Dedicated lounge hostess
  • Private pay bar facility
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • In-suite screens showing a live match feed with Sky Sports and BT Sport channels also available
  • Use of Sony PS4 and Fußball table
  • Access to in-stadium betting

*A bottle of Heineken, Strongbow or Bitter, a glass of house wine or any soft drink

To book or for further information, please call 0845 345 1405, email sales@cardiffcityfc.co.uk or click here.

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