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Match Previews

Match Preview: Leicester City vs. Cardiff City

28 December 2018

The Bluebirds travel to King Power Stadium for their final match of 2018, with Neil Warnock’s side looking to build on a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.

Away tickets for this match are sold out - thanks for your fantastic support!

The Opposition

Bouncing back from some disappointing results ahead of the festive period, Claude Puel’s men responded in style as they picked up huge victories against Chelsea and Manchester City in their last two matches.

Leicester currently sit in seventh following those wins, but could be overtaken by Everton, Watford, Wolves or AFC Bournemouth should results not go in favour of the Foxes.

Puel’s men sit behind Manchester United in the league table; having also won their last two league games, the Red Devils are currently ahead of the hosts by four points.

Puel joined the Foxes in October 2017, following the termination of his contract at Southampton in June 2017. He led the Saints to the League Cup Final in 2016/17 - and was on track to repeat the feat with the Foxes this term, until they bowed out to Manchester City on penalties at the Quarter-Final stage.

Prior to arriving at Southampton, Puel spent seventeen years in France, managing Monaco, Lille, Lyon and Nice. Although short-lived, his most successful stint as a manager was arguably at Monaco, where he led Les Monégasques to a League title in the 1999/2000 season.

Squad info

The hosts are without Matty James, who is still yet to appear for his side this season following a recurring achilles injury. Daniel Amartey is also ruled out of Saturday’s game, as he recovers from surgery following a broken ankle against West Ham United.

Puel has no other issues to contend with ahead of the match, as Jamie Vardy returned from a short spell out with injury earlier this month to score the winner against Chelsea on 22nd December.

Club Connections

Sol Bamba made fifty-five appearances for the Foxes earlier on in his career, making a dream debut at King Power Stadium – scoring a minute into his debut against Manchester City in the FA Cup on January 9th, 2011.

Leicester City goalkeeper and vice-captain Kasper Schmeichel turned out 14 times for Cardiff City in the 2007-08 season whilst on loan from Manchester City. The Dane signed for the Foxes in 2011, and has made 281 league appearances for the club to date.

Former striker Nathan Blake is another to play for the East Midlands side, with the ex-Wales international making fourteen appearances during his time at the club. His only goal came in the League Cup against Preston North End.

Memorable Meeting

Leicester City 0-1 Cardiff City, 22nd December 2012

The Bluebirds restored their three-point lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a memorable victory against Saturday’s hosts, thanks to Craig Bellamy’s fourth goal of the season.

City travelled to Leicester for a vital festive fixture, knowing that they needed a win to gain some space at the top of the table - and they certainly delivered. 

Bellamy scored in the 25th minute, converting from Craig Conway’s excellent cross at the King Power Stadium. 

City had to deal with intense pressure from the hosts throughout the first half, as Andy King and Vardy spurned two big chances before the break.

Heiðar Helguson almost put his side out of sight in the second-half as he found himself in a great position to score the Bluebirds second, but Bellamy’s pass was intercepted just in time by current skipper Wes Morgan.

David Marshall was tested by substitute Martyn Waghorn late-on, but Marshall made a smart stop to protect City’s narrow lead. Both sides continued to push for a goal as the game started to become more open in the closing stages, but Cardiff City held on to claim a vital three points.

The victory was typical of the resilient Cardiff City squad who went on to win the Sky Bet Championship and secure promotion to the Premier League in 2013.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Leicester City 0-1 Cardiff City

Víctor Camarasa’s injury time goal gives the Bluebirds their first away win of the 2018/19 Premier League season...

29 December 2018

Cardiff City left King Power Stadium with all three points on December 29th following a 1-0 victory over Leicester City in the Premier League.

Neil Etheridge's penalty save - and Sol Bamba's resulting block - kept the Bluebirds level, before the deciding goal came in injury time through Víctor Camarasa's stunning, long range effort.

Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy had the first chance of the match five minutes in, when his glancing header from Demarai Gray's cross went wide.

While Gray’s long ranged effort flew wide and Etheridge did well to deny Ricardo Pereira’s shot from the edge of the box, the Bluebirds held their own in the first half and did pin the hosts back for spells.

James Maddison’s free-kick from 25 yards then flew towards goal and would have hit the back of the Bluebirds’ net if not for a diving save by Etheridge.

City were not without answer to these attacks, however. With ten minutes of the half to go, Camarasa’s cross was almost met by Paterson’s head, while Josh Murphy’s twice threatened the Leicester goal.

After the interval, Murphy’s interception of Çağlar Söyüncü’s pass gave the Bluebirds their first real chance of the half. The winger used his pace to get into the box, and shot low to Kasper Schmeichel’s left, leaving the Danish international with his palms stung.

In what looked to be a decisive moment, Leicester City were awarded a penalty kick with twenty minutes to go.

James Maddison went down in the box, and stepped up to take the spot-kick himself, only to see Etheridge palm it away superbly. Sol Bamba was the first to meet the ball for the rebound and cleared it away in heroic style.

Halfway through four minutes of injury time, and the Bluebirds secured all three points in dramatic fashion. 

The newly introduced, Bobby Decorova-Reid laid the ball off to Camarasa, who let fly from range and found the top right corner of the goal, past the grasping hands of Schmeichel.

As the final whistle blew, Neil Warnock's men had won their last match of 2018, and with it, their first away match of the Premier League season.

Full time: Leicester City 0-1 Cardiff City

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Chilwell, Söyüncü, Gray (Okazaki 78’), Vardy (Iheanacho 68’), Maddison, Albrighton (Ghezzal 57’), Pereira, Maguire, Mendy, Ndidi. Subs not used: Ward, Simpson, Iborra, Fuchs.

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Morrison, Manga, Arter (Peltier 90'), Murphy (Harris 77’), Paterson, Gunnarsson, Cunningham, Camarasa, Bamba, Hoilett (Decordova-Reid 82’. Subs not used: Smithies, Peltier, Bennett, Ralls, Mendez-Laing.

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Ticket News

Leicester City vs. Cardiff City: Sold Out!

King Power Stadium, Saturday 29th December 2018. KO: 3pm.

27 December 2018

Update 27/12/2018: Away tickets for this match have now sold out. Thank you for your support!

Ticket Prices:

Adults: £30.00
Seniors 65+: £25.00
U22: £25.00
U18: £20.00
U12: £10.00
Personal Assistant (if required): Free of charge

On Sale Date + Selling Structure:

10am on Tuesday, 11th December until 9:59am on Friday, 14th December 2018

  • Tickets will become available to current Season Ticket Holders who have attended 3 or more away league games during the 2018/19 season
  • Tickets will also become available to current Club Members, and Flex5+ Holders who have attended 4 or more away league games during the 2018/19 season

10am on Friday, 14th December 2018

  • Remaining tickets will become available to current Season Ticket Holders, Club Members, and Flex5+ Members

Qualifying 2018/19 away league games – up to and including West Ham United (A).

Strictly one ticket per qualifying supporter.

All tickets are subject to availability.

033 33 11 1920
www.eticketing.co.uk/cardiffcity

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