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Match Preview | Cardiff City vs. Sheffield Wednesday

15 September 2017

City return to Cardiff City Stadium this Saturday as they host Sheffield Wednesday following back-to-back away fixtures.

The Bluebirds take on Wednesday for their third game in a week and the eighth game of the Sky Bet Championship season. Carlos Carvalhal’s men travel to South Wales after their 2-1 victory over Brentford on Tuesday evening. 

What to expect from the Owls…

Sheffield Wednesday currently occupy sixth place and the final play-off spot after a good start to the season. Their only loss thus far was on the opening day against Preston North End, with Carvalhal’s side unbeaten in the league since then. 

That win over Brentford, accompanied by victories over Nottingham Forest and Fulham has seen the South Yorkshire side climb the table and places them four points behind the Bluebirds going into Saturday’s encounter. 

Striker Steven Fletcher joined Wednesday following his release by Sunderland last summer, and has made 43 appearances since then. 12 goals later and the 30 year-old has cemented his place in the Owls’ starting eleven and got on the score sheet in Wednesday’s recent 3-1 victory over Forest. 

Fellow Scotsman Barry Bannan is also one of Wednesday’s dangerous players. The 27 year-old has become a fan favourite for the Owls since his arrival in 2015, and has made 85 appearances in his two-year stint in South Yorkshire. 

Gary Hooper is another who has been in good form for Carvalhal’s side this season. The 29 year-old has found the net on 16 occasions following his move from Norwich City last summer, and is known for his ability in and around the penalty area. 

The visitors' transfer window...

Carvalhal signed five players in the transfer window, with three arriving on permanent deals and two loans being agreed. 

Jordan Rhodes made the move from Middlesbrough following an impressive loan spell last season. George Boyd arrived on a free transfer after his contract with Burnley expired, and Joost van Aken signed from Dutch side Heerenveen. 

Jacob Butterfield signed on a season-long loan deal from Derby County on deadline day, and centre back Frederico Venâncio agreed to join for the season from Portuguese side Vitória Setúbal. 

Previous meetings…

The Bluebirds’ last victory over the Owls came in 2014 as goals from Sean Morrison and Anthony Pilkington gave City the three points on that occasion.  

The last meeting at CCS saw the two sides share the points in October 2016. Peter Whittingham’s superb free kick gave City an early lead before Daniel Pudil equalised in Neil Warnock’s second game in the hot seat.

Club connections…

City defender Joe Bennett spent the 2016/17 season on loan with Saturday’s opponents, making three appearances during his time in South Yorkshire.  

Former Bluebird Glenn Loovens is currently Sheffield Wednesday’s club captain. The 33 year-old has played an impressive 111 games for Wednesday, and has been at the club since 2013. 

Other players to play for both clubs include City legends Darren Purse and Stephen McPhail, while Kenywne Jones, Roger Johnson and Jay Bothroyd have also represented City and the Owls.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Cardiff City 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Bamba's last-minute strike maintains City's unbeaten home league record...

16 September 2017

Sol Bamba’s ninety-fifth minute equaliser earned the Bluebirds a point against Sheffield Wednesday, maintaining City’s unbeaten home record so far this season.

Wednesday take the lead...

The visitors enjoyed the majority of possession in the early stages yet were unable to create many clear-cut chances; Steven Fletcher’s dipping shot posed the only real threat to Neil Etheridge’s goal inside the first twenty minutes.

The Bluebirds grew into the game as the half progressed, with Aron Gunnarsson testing ‘keeper Keiren Westwood with a fierce drive. 

Wednesday’s had a golden chance after thirty-five minutes through Kieran Lee. He was played through by Fletcher, only for Sean Morrison to intervene at the last moment.

However, the Owls went in front only four minutes later, with Gary Hooper the scorer. Adam Reach delivered a dangerous cross from the left, which was met by a glancing header from the Scottish striker to break the deadlock.

Chances both ways...

The Bluebirds began the second half in livelier fashion, with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing forcing a corner from a powerful drive. Junior Hoilett’s in-swinger found Gunnarsson, who headed just wide.

With fifty-seven minutes played, City went inches away from an equaliser through Hoilett. His back-post header was somehow saved by Westwood from point-blank range, keeping Wednesday in front. Minutes later, the Canadian wriggled his way through four defenders only to be thwarted once more by a low Westwood save.

On the hour, the tricky Mendez-Laing managed to beat his opponent in unorthodox fashion, before going down under pressure in the Wednesday box. All eyes turned to the referee, who waved away Cardiff protests.

The visitors had a good opportunity with twenty minutes left, with Joost van Aken the provider. His ball found Fletcher in behind, with the striker blazing high and wide from a few yards out. 

Bamba nets dramatic leveller...

The introduction of Liam Feeney, Danny Ward and Lee Tomlin gave City extra attacking options in the final quarter of an hour, as the Bluebirds searched for an equaliser. However, it was the Owls who managed to control most of the closing stages, frustrating the home side by keeping possession calmly. 

As the clock ticked into added time, the home side launched bodies forward in hope of a leveller, with a number of long throw-ins. Joe Bennett received the ball on the edge of the box from one such throw, volleying just over the bar from a central position.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing also saw a close range effort blocked, before Bennett was brought down on the edge of the box. 

As the Cardiff fans held their breath, Tomlin curled the free-kick towards the bottom left-hand corner, forcing a fine Westwood save. Following up was Mendez-Laing, who fired the ball back towards the centre of the goal. Sol Bamba got the final touch, sending the ball into the roof of the net for his second of the season.

The referee blew the final whistle almost instantly after the restart, seeing the Bluebirds maintain their unbeaten home league record.

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