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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. Newcastle United

The Bluebirds kick off their home Premier League campaign...

16 August 2018

The Bluebirds entertain the Magpies on Saturday lunchtime in their first home game of the Premier League season (12:30pm kick-off).

Several of City's summer signings could be in line to make their competitive home debuts here in the Welsh capital, as Neil Warnock's men eye their first Premier League points in front of the Cardiff City Stadium faithful.

Tickets for the Bluebirds' home Premier League opener are now on general sale - find ticketing information and secure your seat here!

Know your opponent

The Magpies are currently managed by Rafael Benítez. The Spaniard took over on Tyneside back in March 2016 following the departure of Steve McClaren, with a primary objective of keeping the Magpies in the top flight.

The former Liverpool boss couldn’t prevent the Magpies from dropping down to the second tier, but during his first full season in charge he guided them to the Championship title and an instant return to the Premier League. 

The Magpies' return to the top flight for the 2017/18 campaign saw them secure a mid-table 10th place finish, ending the season on 44 points.

They opened this season’s Premier League campaign last Saturday at home with a defeat to Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs.

After an early set-back in the shape of Jan Vertonghen's eighth-minute header, Benítez's men hit back just 3 minutes later, thanks to a header from Joselu, who was on the end of a sublime cross from Matt Ritchie.

However, Spurs completed the scoring inside twenty minutes, as Dele Alli was on hand to head past home 'keeper, Martin Dúbravka for the winner.

Five of the best

READ: We take a look back at 'five of the best' Cardiff City Stadium matches from the 2017/18 campaign here.

The transfer window

The Magpies brought in seven new acquisitions during the summer, starting with goalkeeper, Dúbravka, from Sparta Prague, who joined on a permanent deal having impressed on loan last season.

Second to make the swich to the North East was ex-Swansea City midfielder, Ki Sung-yeung. The South Korean international has a wealth of experience in the top flight, having made over 150 appearances with his former side, along with the Magpies' rivals, Sunderland.

Further bolstering Newcastle's attack were Chelsea winger Kenedy - who moved to St James' Park on loan from Chelsea for a second time - and Japanese international Yoshinori Muto, who impressed for his country over the summer.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the pitch, Benítez swooped for vastly experienced defender Fabian Schär, who has been capped 42 times by Switzerland. Deadline day then saw Newcastle complete their business, signing West Brom's Salomón Rondón on a season-long loan - with Dwight Gayle moving in the opposite direction - and snapping up defender Federico Fernández, who joins up with former team mate Ki Sung-yeung.

Memorable meeting

An FA Cup Third Round meeting back in 2014 saw the Bluebirds record their first victory at St James’ Park in 51 years.

Substitutes, Craig Noone and Fraizer Campbell scored late on to complete an excellent comeback win in a dramatic contest on Tyneside.

Papiss Cissé gave the Magpies a worrying lead, after 62 minutes. Moussa Sissoko’s effort was blocked before the Senegal international slotted on the follow-up.

11 minutes later, Noone brought City level with a rifled effort. One minute after entering the fray, the winger collected possession outside the area and blasted home.

Then 10 minutes from time, Campbell gave the South Wales men a lead and result. Peter Whittingham's corner found the former England international, who rose to bolt a header into Rob Elliot’s net.

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Match Reports

Match Report | Cardiff City 0-0 Newcastle United

18 August 2018

Neil Etheridge’s penalty save ensured the Bluebirds picked up their first Premier League point, with a home draw against Rafa Benítez’s Newcastle United.

Roared on by a crowd of 30,723, the Bluebirds looked the livelier side during the opening exchanges. Kenneth Zohore went close to catching out the Newcastle back-line on two occasions with his dangerous runs in behind. At the other end, Neil Etheridge did well to deny Ayoze Pérez twice in a matter of minutes, whilst Matt Ritchie saw yellow for a dangerous tackle on Junior Hoilett. Sol Bamba went close for the Bluebirds, seeing his close-range header blocked just metres from goal.

Making his competitive home debut, Josh Murphy grew into the game, and linked up dangerously with Zohore after 19 minutes. The winger persistently used his pace to beat Javier Manquillo, who was shown a booking on the half-hour mark. The Bluebirds continued to look threatening down the left flank; Joe Ralls found Joe Bennett with a superb pass, though the full-back’s cross could not quite be diverted on target by Zohore.

Newcastle’s best chance of the half fell to the lively Pérez, who found space inside the box but saw his volley saved by Etheridge. The Filipino stopper also calmly claimed Jonjo Shelvey’s free-kick, bringing the first half to a close with no goals to separate the sides.

The first major chance of the second half fell to Hoilett, who had two attempts within a matter of minutes. Firstly, his shot from the edge of the area was blocked by a flying Newcastle boot, before a free-header flew over the bar a few moments later. A golden chance fell to Zohore nine minutes after the restart, but the striker couldn’t find the target with a header from Ralls’ cross.

The Bluebirds dominated play in the second period, and went close again just after the hour. Zohore and Murphy linked up well on the left, with the striker bursting through. His low pass was diverted by Jonjo Shelvey, just as Víctor Camarasa was about to pull the trigger.

The balance tipped further in the Bluebirds’ favour after sixty-six minutes, when substitute Isaac Hayden was shown a straight red card. The former Hull man took out Murphy with a dangerous tackle, with referee Craig Pawson showing no hesitation in giving Hayden his marching orders.

Debutant Harry Arter almost broke the deadlock with fifteen minutes remaining, with a sweet drive. The midfielder drove forward and struck towards goal; his curling effort looked as though it was going to nestle in the bottom corner, only to swerve away from the post.

With a few minutes remaining, the Bluebirds went close once more from a Ralls corner. Zohore’s header from point blank range was blocked by a Newcastle defender on the line, and from the recycled ball the City striker headed wide of goal. Minutes later, a Shelvey free-kick from a dangerous area was blocked by the solid City wall.

As the match entered the final minute of added time, the Magpies were awarded a penalty, as Sean Morrison was harshly adjudged to have blocked a cross with his hand. Kenedy stepped up for United, but was thwarted by the impressive Etheridge, who capped off a wonderful personal display with a strong hand to deny the Brazilian, ending the game with the spoils shared.

FINAL SCORE: CARDIFF CITY 0-0 NEWCASTLE UNITED

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett, Ralls, Camarasa (Decordova-Reid 76’), Arter, J. Murphy (Mendez-Laing 78’), Hoilett (Paterson 83’), Zohore. Subs not used: Smithies, Richards, Cunningham, Madine.

Newcastle United: Dúbravka, Dummett, Clark, Lascelles, Manquillo (Hayden 46’), Diamé, Shelvey, Kenedy, Ritchie (Murphy 70’), Pérez (Muto 65’), Joselu. Subs not used: Darlow, Fernández, Kis, Rondón.

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Ticket News

Newcastle United Home General Sale Info

17 August 2018

Additional tickets have been released for our home Premier League opener against Newcastle United, with limited availability on general sale.

Tickets can be purchased now by visiting our eticketing site, on 0845 345 1400 or via TicketMaster on 0844 453 9058.

Please note, calls to the Ticket Office on 0845 345 1400 cost 3p per minute, plus your standard network access charge.

Calls to Ticketmaster on 0844 453 9058 cost 7p per minute, plus your standard network access charge.

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