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Match Preview: AFC Bournemouth vs. Cardiff City

The Bluebirds kick off their 2018/19 Premier League season...

10 August 2018

The wait is finally over as Cardiff City begin their 2018/19 campaign on Saturday away to AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

Neil Warnock’s men will be looking to hit the ground running in their return to Premier League football, as they line up in front of a sell-out contingent of travelling Bluebirds.

In the hot seat

The Cherries are managed by Eddie Howe, who first took charge of the South Coast side back in 2009. During his first season in charge he managed to overturn a seventeen point deficit to keep the Cherries in the Football League.

During the 2009/2010 season, Howe and his side were promoted to League One following a two-year period in League Two. A brief spell in charge of Burnley followed, but he later returned to Bournemouth in October 2012 and went on to secure another promotion, taking them into the Championship during his first season back.

Howe then secured a third promotion with Bournemouth, winning the Championship title in 2014/15 taking them into the Premier League – his promotion record earning him the inaugural Football League Manager of the Decade Award in 2015.

The Cherries head into their fourth season in the Premier League having finished sixteenth, ninth and twelfth respectively in their three previous top-flight campaigns.

Summer so far…

The Cherries began pre-season preparations in Spain, and faced two Spanish opponents, Sevilla and Levante, during their stay in the La Manga Resort in Murcia. They played out a 1-1 draw with Sevilla on 14th July before ending their tour with victory in a 4-3 thriller against Levante on 20th July.

Howe’s men then headed to the West Country following their return to the UK to face Lee Johnson’s Bristol City, where they were held to a 1-1 draw on 27th July.

A trip to the City Ground was up next for Howe’s side, where they suffered their first defeat of pre-season with a 2-0 loss to Nottingham Forest.

The Cherries capped off pre-season preparations with two home fixtures; on August 3rd they were defeated 2-0 by Spanish side Real Betis (who faced the Bluebirds at CCS the following day), before a 5-2 victory over Marseille on August 4th.

The transfer window

Howe and Bournemouth have been fairly busy throughout the summer window, adding three players on permanent deals.

Welsh international midfielder David Brooks was the Cherries first summer signing, joining on 1st July from Championship side Sheffield United. The 21-year-old has appeared for the national side on three occasions, and netted three times during his time at Bramall Lane.

The Cherries second summer acquisition was defender Diego Rico from Spanish La Liga side, Leganés, who made the switch to the South Coast on 24th July.

Bournemouth then broke their club transfer record to secure the services of Jeffersen Lerma on August 7th. The Colombian international featured in all of his country’s World Cup matches in Russia this summer.

Last time out

The Bluebirds and the Cherries last met on March 17th 2015, in a Championship match at Cardiff City Stadium. Bournemouth, who were third in the table at the time, went ahead after sixteen minutes, through a fantastic strike from none other than recent Bluebirds arrival, Harry Arter!

City drew level after fifty-eight minutes, thanks to Bruno Ecuele Manga’s header from a Peter Whittingham corner. The game ended all square, though it did not hamper Bournemouth’s title challenge, as they won the division at the end of the season.

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Match Reports

Report: AFC Bournemouth 2-0 Cardiff City

Battling performance ends in defeat at Vitality Stadium...

11 August 2018

There would be no fairy-tale return to Premier League football for Cardiff City, but Neil Warnock’s men would leave the Vitality Stadium with their heads held high following a strong showing on opening weekend.

The Bluebirds set up with shape and purpose, coping through the early exchanges with the distinctly higher tempo of Premier League football. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing was getting early joy down the right flank, and his good cross on five minutes found Bobby De Cordova Reid who did well to meet the ball, albeit without the precision to trouble goalkeeper Asmir Begović.

City were moving the ball with confidence, Joe Ralls keeping things ticking in the middle of the park whilst the lively De Cordova Reid stretched the Cherries’ back-line time and again. But a nasty tackle on Ralls by Adam Smith just before the 20-minute mark halted the Bluebirds’ flow a little and, in the 24th minute, Josh King’s smart work in the right-hand channel saw him find Fraser inside the box to slot home the easiest of finishes.

The visitors were a little rattled, and Bournemouth had further chances from open play; though when their best opportunity to get a second came, it would be from the penalty-spot in the 34th minute. Bruno Ecuele Manga was very harshly adjudged to have brought Callum Wilson down inside the area but, perhaps justly, Wilson saw his spot kick marvellously saved by Neil Etheridge.

There was a sense in the away section of the Vitality Stadium that the penalty miss could vitalise the Bluebirds on the field. The impressive Junior Hoilett was causing problems for the hosts on either flank, and after a superb recovery challenge by him in the 40th minute, Ralls put in a delectable left-footed ball that Mendez-Laing almost connected with at the far post. There would be no further clear-cut chances, though, and it stayed 1-0 to Bournemouth going in to the break.

The Cherries started the second half strongly, though City’s defence remained resolute – Ecuele Manga the stand-out defender. But as the hour mark approached, the Bluebirds began to open up more and Callum Paterson’s good movement inside the area almost brought forth a shot that would have had Begović floundering, were it not for a fine late block. It would be the midfielder’s last action of the afternoon though, as he was replaced by Danny Ward and Josh Murphy stepped in for Mendez-Laing.

Despite being behind, City had established control of the contest and their best chance of the afternoon came in the 65th minute. Hoilett’s corner was headed back goalward by Sean Morrison, before Murphy connected with a bicycle kick; Morrison was on the line to turn home, though Begović did just enough to keep the ball out and score at 1-0.

Bournemouth had chances as City looked to hit on the break, but that resolute Bluebirds defence stayed strong and cleared their lines time and again. A nasty head injury to Lewis Cook added five minutes of injury time to the proceedings but, perhaps as significantly, seemed to kill off the visiting threat with the clock hitting 90.

Bournemouth finalised things with a Callum Wilson strike in the 91st minute and, although the home side were perhaps better in certain areas on the afternoon, Neil Warnock’s side were no doubt hard done by not to leave the South Coast with a share of the spoils.


Highlights & reaction to follow on Cardiff City TV

AFC Bournemouth: Begović, Cook, Gosling, Ake, Surman ©, Daniels, Wilson, Smith, King, Brooks, Fraser. Subs: Boruc, Francis, Mousset, Ibe, Cook, Defoe, Mings.

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Peltier, Bennett, Morrison ©, Ecuele Manga, Bamba, Paterson, Ralls, Hoilett, Mendez-Laing, Reid. Subs: Smithies, Richards, Ward, J. Murphy, Cunningham, Camarasa, Madine.

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Ticket News

AFC Bournemouth vs. Cardiff City: Away allocation sold out!

30 July 2018

Cardiff City's away allocation for our opening Premier League game of 2018/19 has now sold out.

The Bluebirds will have a full contingent of travelling supporters at Vitality Stadium on Saturday 11th August.

Tickets remain on sale for our final pre-season friendly of the summer - Cardiff City vs. Real Betis on Saturday 4th August (KO: 5:15pm).

Meanwhile, tickets for City's first five home Premier League matches went on sale to Club Members and Season Ticket Holders on 17th July! Find out all you need to know here.

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