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28 July 2018 Venue Pirelli Stadium Attendance

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Burton Albion
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Cardiff City

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4-4-2
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    Bywater
    GK
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    McFadzean
    DF
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    Buxton
    DF
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    Turner
    DF
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    McCrory
    DF
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    Allen
    MF
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    Lund
    MF
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    Akins
    MF
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    Sbarra
    MF
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    Harness
    FW
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    Boyce
    FW

Substitutes

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    Campbell
    SUB
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    Fox
    SUB
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    Hodge
    SUB
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    Beardsley
    SUB
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    Hart
    SUB

Manager

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    Nigel Clough

4-3-3
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    Smithies
    GK
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    Peltier
    DF
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    Morrison
    DF
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    Bamba
    DF
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    Cunningham
    DF
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    Gunnarsson
    MF
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    Ralls
    MF
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    Reid
    MF
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    Mendez-Laing
    FW
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    Hoilett
    FW
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    Zohore
    FW

Substitutes

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    Etheridge
    SUB
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    Bennett
    SUB
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    Manga
    SUB
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    Richards
    SUB
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    Murphy
    SUB
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    Paterson
    SUB
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    Damour
    SUB
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    Madine
    SUB

Manager

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    Neil Warnock

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Burton Albion vs. Cardiff City

27 July 2018

Cardiff City continue their pre-season preparations as they face Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday, 28th July 2018 - 2pm kick-off.

Tickets will be available to purchase at the gate for those who have made the journey, with Terrace adult prices at £10 and Under-17s at £5.

Seating will be available for £15 per adult and £10 for Under-17s. Car park spaces will be available for £5 per vehicle on a first-come, first-served basis.

Find more ticketing information here.

Know Your Opponent

Both Cardiff City and Burton Albion left the Championship in opposite directions last campaign. Nigel Clough’s side will compete in League One after tallying up 41 points in the final league standings - two points behind Bolton Wanderers, who dramatically scraped survival on the final day.

Founded in 1950, the East Staffordshire side play their home fixtures at the Pirelli Stadium, which has a capacity of 6,912. The Brewers impressively earned two successive promotions during their respective 2014/15 and 2015/16 campaigns. The latter being a step up to the Championship, which is the highest level the club have ever competed at.

Experienced winger Lloyd Dyer was the club’s top-scorer after netting on eight occasions during 2017/18. However, it was club stalwart Lucas Akins who scooped the Supporters’ Player and Players’ Player of the Year Awards last term. The 29-year-old was involved in 12 goals in all competitions (six goals and six assists).

Summer So Far

The Brewers have so far been involved in five pre-season friendlies – losing four in total. Clough’s men narrowly fell to a 2-1 away defeat in their opening test against Mickleover Sports on Friday, 13th July 2018.

However Burton Albion responded to defeat with a 2-1 away success over National League side, Kidderminster Harriers, four days later. Young midfielder Joe Sbarra levelled the game for the visitors after the hosts took a surprise early lead at Aggborough Stadium. Late on, Luke McCormmick sealed a deserved victory with a powerful strike to earn the Brewers their first win of pre-season.

Burton Albion would go on to lose their next three pre-season outings. Their first being a heavy 4-0 defeat at home to Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa on Saturday, 21st July. The League One side then faced two matches in as many days from Tuesday 24th July. A 3-2 loss away to Solihull Moors was followed by a 5-2 defeat on the road against Alfreton Town.

Sbarra has been Burton Albion’s star-player of pre-season, with the 19-year-old notching three goals for Clough’s side - more than any other player.

Last Time Out

Cardiff City took another step towards automatic promotion when they last encountered Burton Albion, on Friday, 30th March 2018. The Bluebirds battled to a 3-1 victory over Clough’s side at Cardiff City Stadium.

Kenneth Zohore clinically opened the scoring from close range after 16 minutes. However the game was level again five minutes later when former England international Darren Bent slotted home against the run of play.

Neil Warnock’s men searched for another goal before the break and were rewarded for their persistence in first-half stoppage time. The lively Nathaniel Mendez-Laing powered home to make it 2-1, before Callum Paterson rounded off the scoring 20 minutes after the interval.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Burton Albion 1-5 Cardiff City

28 July 2018

Cardiff City came from behind to record a comfortable pre-season victory over Burton Albion...

The Bluebirds lined up with a strong side at the Pirelli Stadium for their final away fixture of pre-season, ahead of next weekend's home clash with Real Betis.

However, it was the hosts who started on the front foot, setting their sights with a couple of early efforts before taking the lead in the 12th minute.

Liam Boyce went down after a challenge from Joe Ralls in the City area, and the forward stepped up to take the penalty himself, sweeping home from 12 yards.

While the Brewers did have chances to double their lead, City then started to stamp their authority and turned the game on its head after the half-hour mark.

They found their equaliser when Junior Hoilett whipped in a fantastic free-kick which home skipper, Jake Buxton, could only head into his own net.

The equaliser put the wind in City's sails, as they played the ball around with confidence. Some excellent build-up play led to their second, as Joe Ralls fed Kenneth Zohore, who rounded the 'keeper to slot home.

Then, just before the half-time whistle, the Bluebirds made it three goals in 13 minutes - and in some style. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing cut in from the left and curled a superb strike into the top corner from 25 yards.

City made just one change at the break, as Neil Etheridge came on for Alex Smithies between the sticks.

Within ten minutes of the restart, Neil Warnock's men extended their lead to 4-1. Bobby Reid got himself in on the action - latching on to a loose ball to take it past Bywater and tap into the empty net.

City made five changes on the hour-mark but managed to maintain their momentum, as one of their substitutes, Callum Paterson, completed the scoring on 72 minutes.

The Scottish international found space outside the box and set his sights from distance, driving the ball low into the bottom corner.

An ambitious volley from Loïc Damour was the closest the Bluebirds came to a sixth, as they saw out the game comfortably at the Pirelli Stadium.

With their training camp in Leicestershire now complete, City return to the Welsh capital and will continue their preparations with Saturday's home friendly with Real Betis at Cardiff City Stadium.

Burton Albion: Bywater, McFadzean, Allen, Buxton, Turner, Lund (Hodge 76), Sbarra, Akins, McCrory, Harness, Boyce.

Subs not used: Fox, Campbell, Beardsley, Hart.

Cardiff City: Smithies (Etheridge 46), Peltier (J.Murphy 70), Morrison (Manga 62), Bamba, Cunningham, Ralls, Gunnarsson (Damour 62), Reid (Paterson 62), Mendez-Laing, Hoilett, Zohore (Madine 62).

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