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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. Birmingham City

The Bluebirds host their second fixture of the week…

8 March 2018

Cardiff City welcome Birmingham City to Cardiff City Stadium this Saturday afternoon, looking to extend their nine-game unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Midlands side make the trip to the Welsh capital following their 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough at St Andrew’s on Tuesday evening.

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What to expect from Blues…

That defeat was Birmingham’s 22nd of the season, the most of any side in the Championship in the current campaign. Blues are just two points off the bottom of the league - occupying 22nd in the table - joining Burton Albion and Sunderland in the relegation places.

Failing to pick up any points in their last seven matches, Birmingham’s last win came in the form of a 3-1 triumph over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough at the start of February.

Southampton loanee Sam Gallagher currently leads the way in terms of goals scored this season. The 22 year-old’s seventh of the campaign came in the 3-1 win over Sunderland at the end of January.

Winger Jacques Maghoma has also been a threat for Blues this season, scoring four goals and engineering the same number of assists for his teammates. The 30 year-old is a tricky player, known for his agility and pace.

In the hot seat…

That defeat on Tuesday evening was Garry Monk’s first in the dugout as Blues boss, taking over following the departure of Steve Cotterill.

This is the 39 year-old’s fourth managerial position since hanging up his boots in 2014. He started out with Swansea City before stints with Leeds United and Middlesbrough eventually led him to St Andrew’s, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Midlands side.

Previous meetings…

Four of the last seven meetings between Cardiff City and Birmingham City have ended in draws. Our last victory over Saturday’s opponents came in 2015, with goals from Eoin Doyle and Peter Whittingham securing the win at Cardiff City Stadium.

That 2-0 triumph extended a seven-match unbeaten run against Blues between 2009 and 2015, winning four and drawing three over a seven-year period.

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Club connections…

Midfielder Jordon Mutch – who recently joined Vancouver Whitecaps on loan – made the move from the Midlands to South Wales in 2012 for an undisclosed fee.

The 26 year-old enjoyed a successful spell with the Bluebirds between 2012-14, netting seven goals in our Premier League season - including a last-minute wonder strike at Craven Cottage to gift City a 2-1 win over Fulham in September 2013.

Other players to sport the jerseys of both clubs include current City man Greg Halford, Roger Johnson, Chris Burke, Tom Adeyemi and Jason Bowen.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Cardiff City 3-2 Birmingham City

Bluebirds go ten games unbeaten…

11 March 2018

Cardiff City defeated Birmingham City 3-2 at Cardiff City Stadium to make it six wins on the spin and ten Sky Bet Championship games unbeaten.

Neil Warnock made two changes to the side that defeated Barnsley last time out, with Lee Peltier and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing coming into the starting eleven.

The Bluebirds’ first opportunity came after eight minutes as Junior Hoilett troubled David Stockdale. Mendez-Laing sprinted inside from the right flank, playing a one-two with Kenneth Zohore, before laying the ball off for Hoilett on the left wing. The Canadian cut back to swing the ball towards goal, almost catching out the 'keeper.

City’s pressure soon told as they opened the scoring four minutes later through Mendez-Laing. Callum Paterson’s long-throw was headed clear to Craig Bryson who played the ball back to Joe Bennett. The left-back directed a square pass towards the 25-year-old, who struck low across goal from distance to find the far corner.

City’s ambition to double their lead swiftly was clear - and they achieved that after 23 minutes through Bryson. Hoilett received the ball back from his corner and aimed a pass at Bennett on the inside left of the area. The 27-year-old drove a low cross into the crowded six-yard box and the Scotsman was there to tap home first-time.

The determined Bluebirds then took a three-goal into the break, as Paterson scored his seventh goal of the season late in additional time. Bennett secured a brace of assists by whipping a high cross into the area for the Scottish international, who bundled past the sprawling Stockdale and into the bottom right corner.

Birmingham City were given hope after 53 minutes when they were awarded a penalty in controversial cirumstances - the referee spotting an alleged shirt-pull in the area. Craig Gardner stepped up and struck the spot-kick into the bottom left corner with Neil Etheridge coming ever-so close to keeping it out.

Just minutes later, the Bluebirds looked to respond as Hoilett was brought down when clean through in the area. Incredibly, a penalty-kick wasn't awarded on this occasion, to the disbelief of the Cardiff City Stadium faithful.

The West Midlands side would have scored a second 12 minutes later, if it wasn’t for Etheridge’s individual brilliance to pull off a potential save of the season. Jota’s corner eventually lead to Michael Morrison around the six-yard area and the defender looked destined to score – his powerful effort was strongly parried away by the Filipino international.

Cardiff City came close to regaining a three goal advantage in superb style. Hoilett’s corner was punched clear by Stockdale and Loïc Damour’s ambitious volley from around 25 yards went agonisingly astray of the left upright.

Deep into injury time, the away side scored a consolation goal late through Maxime Colin to make the final seconds of the game nervier than expected.

Warnock’s men held out though, going seven points clear of third-place Aston Villa, and three points behind table-toppers Wolverhampton Wanderers, who meet later today at Villa Park.

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Peltier (Morrison 73), Bennett, Ecuele Manga, Zohore, Bamba, Paterson, Mendez-Laing (Halford 81), Bryson (Damour 37), Grujić, Hoilett.

Subs not used: Murphy, Pilkington, Wildschut, Madine.

Birmingham City: Stockdale, Colin, Kieftenbeld, Gardner, Jutkiewicz (Adams 69), Dean, Gallagher, Maghoma (Boga 79), Jenkinson (Roberts 46), Jota, Morrison.

Subs not used: Kuszczak, Bramall, N’Doye, Lowe.

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