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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. Reading

City welcome Reading to CCS for Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off…

4 May 2018

Cardiff City welcome Reading to a sold-out Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday for a 12:30pm kick-off.

The Bluebirds know that they’ll secure second place if they match or better Fulham’s result at Birmingham City.

Reading make the trip to South Wales off the back of a 4-0 home defeat to Ipswich Town last weekend, and have a slim chance of dropping into the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone, if other results were to go against them.

What to expect from the Royals…

With just one win in six games, Reading currently sit in 19th place – a stark contrast to last season, which ended with defeat to Huddersfield Town in the Play-Off Final.

Two points and three places separate the Royals from Burton Albion in 22nd, but they do boast the second-best goal difference of the bottom five teams.

Winger Modou Barrow has been the standout man for his side this season, netting 10 goals and crafting four assists for his teammates. The 25 year-old was last on the scoresheet in a crucial 1-0 win over Preston at the beginning of April.

Jón Dadi Bödvarsson has also scored 10 goals in all competitions since his move from Wolverhampton Wanderers last summer. The Icelandic international last netted in mid-March, opening the scoring in a 2-2 draw with Leeds United.

In the hot seat…

Having recently taken the reins with the Royals, Paul Clement has won two of the seven games he has overseen since the end of March.

The 42 year-old has previously had spells with Derby County and Swansea, guiding the latter to Premier League safety at the end of the 2016/17 season, before being dismissed the following December.

He also boasts assistant roles with the likes of Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the past nine years.

Previous meetings…

Our reverse fixture back in December saw the Bluebirds fight back from 2-0 down as late goals from Joe Bennett and Lee Tomlin secured a 2-2 draw in dramatic circumstances at the Madejski Stadium.

The Bluebirds did go eight games unbeaten against the Royals between 2008 and 2011, winning twice and drawing six encounters over a three-year period including a 2-0 win in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup in 2009.

Club connections…

The Skipper, Sean Morrison, spent three years in Berkshire before moving to the Welsh capital in the summer of 2014. The 27 year-old made 45 appearances for the Royals and has worn the Bluebirds jersey on over 150 occasions since his move.

Royals captain Chris Gunter is another to have been on the books of both Clubs, as he graduated from the Bluebirds’ Academy before joining Tottenham Hotspur in 2008.

Other players to play for City and Sunday’s opponents include current Bluebird Greg Halford, as well as Adam le Fondre, Andrew Taylor, Jobi McAnuff and Robin Friday.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Cardiff City 0-0 Reading

The Blues are going up...

6 May 2018

Cardiff City drew 0-0 with Reading at Cardiff City Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship and secured promotion to the Premier League.

The Bluebirds finished the campaign with 90 points, seeing them secure second spot in the Sky Bet Championship table, following Birmingham City's 3-1 win over Fulham.

Neil Warnock made one change to the side that defeated Hull City last time out – Craig Bryson came into the starting eleven.

The Bluebirds’ first opportunity came after 14 minutes through Joe Ralls. Sean Morrison’s long throw from the right flank was cleared away towards the edge of the area and the 24-year-old smashed a volley towards goal – Tommy Elphick headed clear.

Five minutes later, Junior Hoilett came close to breaking the deadlock. From just outside the box, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing passed towards Callum Paterson and he mistimed a shot. The ball found its way to the Canadian who produced an effort that sailed agonisingly wide of the right post.

City had another opportunity on the half-hour mark. Hoilett’s through-ball sent Joe Bennett down the left wing and he delivered a low cross for Kenneth Zohore. The striker was swiftly closed down and his shot deflected into Vito Mannone’s arms.

Eight minutes later, Sol Bamba was unlucky not the convert. Mendez-Laing dashed down the right wing before delivering a low cross - the centre-back could not get a clean connection and Mannone gathered.

After the interval, it took the Bluebirds two minutes to come close. Ralls’ free-kick from around 40-metres found the head of Morrison who diverted the ball on target and Mannone saved.

Mendez-Laing produced some magic to craft an opportunity for himself after 56 minutes. The winger made a dazzling run into the area from the right flank and his low, left-footed effort was kept out at the near post.

The Bluebirds came ever-so near to a goal after 68 minutes through Hoilett. Ralls’ corner found the 27-year-old at the back-post and he mistouched over the crossbar.

Five minutes later, Zohore looked to create something out of nothing. The 24-year-old made a surging run from central midfield, down the right wing and shot on goal from a narrow angle at range, with Mannone gathering.

Reading had to scuffle the ball off their line twice after 83 minutes. Bennett sped into the area before producing a low through-ball to Paterson whose effort was scrambled away towards Zohore. The striker turned before striking on goal and his attempt was cleared away by the defensive wall.

No clear-cut opportunities arose for the remainder of the game and the affair concluded in a stalemate. The result, and Birmingham City’s 3-1 victory over third-place Fulham, sealed the Bluebirds’ promotion to the Premier League in the final game of the season.

Full Time: Cardiff City 0-0 Reading

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Peltier, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett, Bryson, Ralls, Paterson, Hoilett (J. Ward 78’), Mendez-Laing, Zohore (Madine 86’).

Subs not used: Murphy, Ecuele Manga, Richards, Pilkington, Grujić.

Reading: Mannone, Gunter, Elphick, Moore, Ilori (Kelly 34’), Van den Berg, Edwards, Bacuna, Aluko (McShane 84’), Barrow, Böðvarsson (Kermorgant 69’).

Subs not used: Jaakkola, Evans, Swift, Martin.


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