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Match Preview | Sunderland vs. Cardiff City

20 September 2017

Cardiff City are on the road for the third time this month as they travel to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland.

Following City’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, the Bluebirds travel to Sunderland level on points with first-place Leeds in the Sky Bet Championship table.  

What to expect from the Black Cats…

Currently occupying 21st place in the table, Simon Grayson’s team have had a tough start to the season, winning just once from their opening eight fixtures. The Black Cats have registered three draws along with that solitary victory, seeing them sit two points above the relegation zone. 

Grayson’s side earned a 1-1 draw with Hull City last weekend, taking the lead through summer signing James Vaughan before David Meyler scored a late equaliser to take a share of the points for the Tigers. Sunderland’s only win of the season came at Carrow Road, where they were 3-1 victors over Norwich City.

Lewis Grabban has been in good form for the Black Cats since his loan move from Bournemouth in August. The 29 year-old has scored three goals in four appearances for Sunderland including two in that victory over Norwich.

Grayson also brought Aiden McGeady to the club in the summer. As well as being an established member of the Republic of Ireland national side, the 31 year-old has played for the likes of Celtic and Everton.

Didier Ndong is also available to play on Saturday afternoon, and is an international teammate of City defender Bruno Ecuele Manga. The 23 year-old has run out on 36 occasions for the Black Cats since his move from French side Lorient in 2016. 

Previous meetings… 

The Bluebirds’ last victory over Saturday’s opponents came in 2006, when City were 2-1 winners thanks to a Michael Chopra brace at the Stadium of Light.

Watch one of Chopra's goals against the Black Cats below, courtesy of iFollow Cardiff City!

 Club connections…

Ex-City forward Chopra is the most notable player to play for the two clubs, and he spoke to us about his experiences with both the Bluebirds, and the Black Cats this week.

Current Sunderland defender Adam Matthews came through the City Academy and made 41 appearances for the Bluebirds before making the move to Scottish Champions Celtic. 

Other players to appear for both clubs include Fraizer Campbell, Greg Halford, and Kenwyne Jones.

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Report | Sunderland 1-2 Cardiff City

23 September 2017

Joe Ralls steps up from the spot to earn City a deserved win on the road...

The Bluebirds started strongly in the North, and took an early advantage, scoring on seven minutes. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing flicked a long ball over his head towards the Sunderland goal, with on-loan midfielder Craig Bryson superbly reading the pass, and composedly placing the ball on the volley into the far corner of the net.

The away side continued this confident opening to the match, with Aron Gunnarsson and the impressive Bryson both going close to increasing the lead inside 15 minutes.

The Black Cats were restricted to long range efforts for the majority of the first half with Neil Etheridge saving well from Lyndon Gooch's curling shot on 21 minutes, before captain Sean Morrison made a smart block to deny Didier N'Dong four minutes later.

It looked as if Morrison was pulled down inside the opposition penalty box with ten minutes remaining in the first half, but referee Peter Bankes waved away City protests.

Bryan Oviedo very nearly levelled for the hosts on 43 minutes, curling a shot from 30-yards against the inside of Etheridge's left post, with the ball bouncing to safety.

Simon Grayson's side came out for the second half determined to show improvement against the dominant Bluebirds. Moments after being denied by Etheridge, USA international Lynden Gooch was felled in the penalty area by Morrison, earning Sunderland a spot kick. Gooch stepped up himself on 53 minutes to level the match, firing low into the bottom left corner.

This set-back spurred on Neil Warnock's team, who went immediately on the attack. Bryson & Gunnarsson again caused the away side problems, and both threatened the opposition goal. City were in control, but Sunderland looked dangerous on the counter. The third goal looked like it would be crucial in this encounter, and this proved to be the case.

After being denied in the first half, skipper Morrison was again bundled over in the box, with the referee this time deeming it worthy of a foul. Joe Ralls took on the responsibility from the penalty spot, and sent Robbin Ruiter the wrong way to give Cardiff City a deserved lead once again.

Sunderland tried piling pressure on the Bluebirds following this goal, but it was Warnock's side who looked most likely to score again. Substitutes Junior Hoilett & Omar Bogle unfortunate not to make the win more secure late on.

FINAL SCORE: SUNDERLAND 1-2 CARDIFF CITY (Bryson 7', Ralls 73'; Gooch 53')

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Ticket News

Ticket Update | Sunderland vs. Cardiff City

22 September 2017

Over 500 Cardiff City supporters have already purchased for our match at the Stadium of Light...

Ticket Update

  • Cardiff City Stadium Ticket Office will be selling until 5pm on Friday, 22nd Sept
  • Sunderland FC will be selling away tickets on the day – Cash Only from Turnstile 71
  • Away Ticket Prices will remain the same

General Ticket Prices

  • Adults - £25.00
  • Over 65s - £19.00
  • Under 22s -  £16.00
  • Under 16s - £10.00

Disabled Allocation Ticket Prices

Prices as set out above with personal assistant free of charge.

Additional Information

Supporters are advised to bring proof of age with them if a concession rate ticket is purchased. Stewards may ask supporters to prove they are the relevant age band. Any supporter who cannot produce ID will be sent to the Ticket Office to upgrade their match ticket to a full paying adult.

Everything you need to know about Sunderland vs. Cardiff City...

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