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Match Preview | Fulham vs. Cardiff City

City head to Craven Cottage looking to continue their faultless start to the campaign...

7 September 2017

Cardiff City return to action this Saturday as they travel to Fulham following the international break.

The Bluebirds will be looking to retain their remarkable 100% win record - attempting to win six games from six for the first time in the club’s history. 

What to expect from Fulham…

The Cottagers have had a mixed start to the season, losing just once so far against Sheffield Wednesday. But draws against Leeds, Reading and Norwich see Slaviša Jokanović’s side occupy 14th place in the Sky Bet Championship table. 

The West Londoners did manage to end Ipswich’s 100% record before the international break, with an impressive 2-0 win at Portman Road. Goals from Neeskens Kebano and Rui Fonte gave the Whites the victory and their first league win of the season.

Captain Tom Cairney was subject to interest from a number of Premier League clubs in the summer transfer window and the Scotsman has been the talisman for Fulham for some time. With the ability to dictate play in the midfield, the 26-year-old also displays strong leadership skills and wears the captain’s armband. 

New signing Fonte has also impressed since his move from Braga at the end of August. The 27-year-old made his mark as he doubled Fulham’s lead in that win against Ipswich, scoring in just his second appearance in Championship football. 

Jokanovic also did extremely well to retain the services of young full-back Ryan Sessegnon. At just 17 years old, the youth graduate has already made 26 senior appearances, scoring five goals. Known for his pace and agility down the left side, Sessegnon has the potential to cause problems. 

The host’s transfer window… 

Fulham were one of the busiest sides during the transfer window in August, bringing in a total of ten players. As previously mentioned, Fonte signed from Portuguese side Braga, while Jokanović also brought in Aboubakar Kamara (SC Amiens), Ibrahima Cissé (Standard Liège), Marcelo Djaló (CD Lugo), and Yohan Mollo from Zenit St Petersburg on permanent deals. 

The Cottagers also made five loan signings, with Sheyi Ojo (Liverpool), Rafa Soares (FC Porto), Tomás Kalas (Chelsea), and winger Jordan Graham (Wolves) all arriving on loan until the end of the season. 

Previous meetings… 

Both fixtures last season saw each team take a point away from the encounter. The first coming at Craven Cottage as two outstanding efforts from Joe Ralls and Anthony Pilkington secured a 2-2 for the Bluebirds. 

The reverse fixture at Cardiff City Stadium also had the same outcome. However, it was Kenneth Zohore who stole the show as he scored two important goals for Neil Warnock’s side. 

Club connections… 

City’s current no.6, Jazz Richards, is the most notable current name to appear for both clubs in recent years. Richards was involved in a swap deal with Scott Malone which saw the now Huddersfield full-back move in the opposite direction to West London. 

Former Bluebird Ross McCormack has also run out for both clubs, as well as defensive midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi, and Icelandic forward Heidar Helguson. Other names to line up for both sides include former Japanese international Junichi Inamoto and City cult hero, Eddie Johnson.

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Match Report | Fulham 1-1 Cardiff City

City fight back to share the spoils at Craven Cottage...

9 September 2017

Danny Ward's late goal saw Cardiff City secure a 1-1 draw with Fulham at Craven Cottage - the point maintaining the Bluebirds' unbeaten start to the season and their first-place position in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Cardiff City began the quicker of the two sides and put the Fulham back line under pressure from the offset.

Fresh from his Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month Award win, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing propelled the Bluebirds forward with his direct running on the right.

City’s first real openings came just after the five-minute mark as Junior Hoilett won two free-kicks - the first hitting an arm in the Fulham wall just outside the box. Unfortunately, the Canadian international fired the second dead ball opportunity over.

The Cottagers fluid attacking line-up including the likes of Floyd Ayité, Yohan Mollo and Ryan Sessegnon put the Bluebirds under some pressure at points in the opening period.

Mendez-Laing continued to cause Fulham problems though, with one cross almost finding a way to Kenneth Zohore in the six-yard box.

Fulham’s threat increased as the interval approached as Mollo curled a free-kick inches past Neil Etheridge’s post. City also had to rely on a fine last-ditch challenge from Joe Bennett to deny Kevin McDonald, before Etheridge made an excellent double save from Stefan Johansen and Sessegnon’s efforts.

The final chance of the half fell to the visitors though, as Joe Ralls dragged a long-range shot wide of the post after driving forward with the ball. 

Into the second half, and Mendez-Laing and Ralls both saw efforts blocked, before an audacious back-heel from Aron Gunnarsson nearly caught David Button out following a corner.

Fulham then managed to swing momentum back in their favour though, as Ayité hit a post before Bennett had to block Johansen’s effort off the line, with Etheridge stranded outside the box. 

The Cottagers found the opener on the 75th minute as another fine tackle from Bennett thwarted Ayité, only for the ball to fall to Sessegnon, who confidently swept home.

With the Bluebirds’ 100% record under threat, City did manage to find a way back into the game. Neil Warnock had introduced Danny Ward and debutants Liam Feeney and Craig Bryson onto the pitch, and his change soon paid off.

Feeney received the ball on the right and swung in a superb left-footed cross, which Ward rose to meet - heading home his first league goal for City in front of the 3,500 travelling fans.

While Fulham substitute Oliver Norwood saw one effort fly over Etheridge’s bar, the Bluebirds had two chances to snatch all three points in injury time.

First, Feeney saw a cross come back off the bar, as it almost dropped into the net to deceive Button. Then, a superb counter-attack from City saw Feeney and Ward combine again, with the forward inches away from connecting with a low cross in the Fulham box.

The final whistle then blew, with the Bluebirds losing their 100% record, but continuing their unbeaten start to the 2017/18 campaign. As a result, City maintained their position at the summit of the Sky Bet Championship table.

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Ticket News

Ticket Update | Fulham vs. Cardiff City

8 September 2017

Over 3,100 away tickets have already been sold - and tickets are available on the day!

Ticket Update

  • Cardiff City Stadium Ticket Office will be selling tickets until 5pm on Friday, 8th September 2017
  • Supporters can purchase from Craven Cottage on matchday
  • Cash Only at Turnstiles

Click here for our Away Day - Travel Guide: Fulham vs. Cardiff City

Matchday Ticket Prices

  • Adults: £25
  • 65+: £20
  • 18-21: £20
  • 17 & under: £5

Click here for our official Match Preview: Fulham vs. Cardiff City

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