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Match Preview | Cardiff City vs. Leeds United

25 September 2017

The Bluebirds are back at CCS for a top-of-the-table clash with Leeds United this Tuesday evening.

Neil Warnock’s side welcome Leeds to the Welsh capital as they look to maintain their unbeaten home start to the season, and keep the pressure on both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tuesday’s opponents. 

With queues anticipated, please allow as much time as possible for all ticket purchases/collections at Cardiff City Stadium. Find out more here.

What to expect from the Whites… 

Thomas Christiansen’s side share an identical record with the Bluebirds so far in the current campaign. Six wins, two draws and a loss sees United sit at the summit of the Sky Bet Championship table on goal difference. 

Following their 3-2 victory over Ipswich Town on Saturday, the Yorkshire club are in flying form after also knocking Premier League side Burnley out of the Carabao Cup on penalties last Tuesday. Leeds’ only defeat thus far came away at Millwall a fortnight ago, as the Lions registered a shock 1-0 win at the Den. 

Striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga has been in goalscoring form since his loan move from Hamburg in August, with the German scoring three goals in his four appearances for United. The former German U21 international has an impressive goal scoring record throughout his seven-year senior career, netting 54 times in 175 games. 

Macedonian Ezgjan Alioski is another of Leeds’ danger men, as the winger possesses both speed and agility. Signed from Swiss side FC Lugano, the 25 year-old has made a good impression in Yorkshire and has one goal in six games thus far. 

Leeds also boast Kemar Roofe in their ranks, and the 24 year-old is enjoying a good spell following his move from Oxford United in 2015. 18 goals in 40 fixtures for the U’s prompted Leeds to sign the former West Bromwich Albion winger, and he has been an important part of United’s squad, making 48 appearances and scoring five goals.  

In the hot seat… 

Christiansen has made a very good start to life as manager of the Whites. Hired to succeed Garry Monk, the 44 year-old left APOEL in Cyprus to take on a new challenge in English football. 

Christiansen began his management career as an assistant to Spaniard Luis Milla at Al Jazira before spending two years at AEK Larnaca in Cyprus and then took over at APOEL.  

Capped by Spain twice in his playing career, the Dane made over 350 appearances for 11 different clubs, scoring 105 goals as a striker. 

Previous meetings…

The Bluebirds were victorious in the last meeting between the two sides at Elland Road last season, with Sean Morrison and Kenneth Zohore securing the 2-0 win for Neil Warnock’s side. 

City’s last victory at CCS came back in 2014 with Bruno Ecuele Manga, Federico Macheda and Kenwyne Jones seeing off a Leeds side then managed by Neil Redfearn. 

Club connections… 

Bluebird Sol Bamba is the most notable current player to play for both clubs. The 32 year-old left Elland Road at the end of the 2015/16 season before joining City when Warnock took over.  

Lee Peltier has also appeared for both sides with Tom Adeyemi, Stephen McPhail, John Charles, Tony Capaldi and Ross McCormack all sporting the colours of both Cardiff City and Leeds United.

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Match Report | Cardiff City 3-1 Leeds United

The Bluebirds see off Leeds in front of a bumper CCS crowd to top the table...

26 September 2017

Cardiff City put in a fine home performance to defeat Leeds United by three goals to one and reclaim top spot in the Sky Bet Championship table.

The Bluebirds were welcomed onto the Cardiff City Stadium turf by a huge 27,160-strong crowd and a bouncing atmosphere in the Welsh capital.

While Leeds had the game’s first effort through Ezgjan Alioski’s speculative effort, City were spurred on by their home support and soon began to dominate.

Sean Morrison’s long throws were causing the Leeds defence problems and, after a succession of corners, Sol Bamba’s header across goal was inches from the path of Bruno Ecuele Manga.

The Bluebirds then struck their deserved opener just inside the half-hour mark. Löic Damour broke up play superbly, finding Junior Hoilett, who drove into the box before teeing up Kenneth Zohore. City’s no. 10 made no mistake, confidently converting to put City ahead.

By this point, the Bluebirds were flying, and doubled their advantage over the Whites within ten minutes.

This time, Hoilett ran at pace with the ball towards Felix Wiedwald, before opting to go for goal himself. The Canadian international struck superbly from twenty-five yards, seeing his effort fly into back of the Leeds’ net, to the delight of the terrific home support.

Shortly after City’s second, Leeds skipper Liam Cooper went into the book for a dangerous challenge on Nathaniel Mendez-Laing just outside the area.

On the stroke of half-time, a superb ball from Sol Bamba - who was dominating the middle of the park - then freed Mendez-Laing down the right. Cooper flew in with another rash challenge on the Bluebirds winger, leaving Kevin Friend with no option but to dismiss him.

City almost made their numerical advantage count immediately from the resulting free-kick. Hoilett played the ball into the box, and Morrison bundled the ball home from close range, only to be flagged offside.

At the start of the second half, Hoilett saw a shot from distance fly into the packed USW Stand, before Leeds enjoyed a dangerous spell of their own.

First, a sensational double-save from Neil Etheridge denied both Alioski and Stuart Dallas, before Kemar Roofe also saw a low drive stopped by the City ‘keeper.

However, City stretched their lead even further before the hour mark. Hoilett was sublime in the build-up, playing successive one-twos before slipping in a marauding Morrison down the right. The City skipper squared the ball across the box to Zohore, who netted his second to make it 3-0.

Leeds pulled a goal back on 67 minutes as Roofe’s effort took a wicked deflection to find the back of Etheridge’s net via the woodwork.

And the Whites’ consolation goal put the wind in their sails as they pinned the Bluebirds back at stages in the second period.

However, they were unable to claw their way back into a game that was out of their reach, as City threatened to extend their lead through Mendez-Laing and Damour.

The full-time whistle blew, with the superb result confirming the Bluebirds’ ascent to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table.

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