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Match Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Cardiff City

27 February 2019

The Bluebirds travel to Molineux Stadium on Saturday, March 2nd - Kick-off 3pm…

The opposition

Wolves welcome the Bluebirds to the West Midlands after suffering a 1-0 away defeat to Huddersfield Town – their eighth defeat in nine league matches against The Terriers. Despite Tuesday’s disappointing set-back, Wolves still occupy eighth position on the Premier League table.

Alongside a more than respectable league campaign so far this season, our opponents have also enjoyed a promising Emirates FA Cup run. Their most recent tie ended in a 1-0 victory away at Championship outfit Bristol City, progressing to the Quarter-Finals of the competition where they will face Manchester United, the only team standing in their way from a trip to Wembley.

Summer signing Raúl Jiménez is the clubs’ top goal-scorer this campaign having netted 10 Premier League goals since arriving on a season long-loan from Benfica.

In the hot seat

In the summer of 2017 Nuno Espírito Santo took charge of Wanderers and during his first season, the Portuguese-born manager guided the club back into the top-flight - ending their six-year absence from the Premier League by clinching the Championship title. The former Valencia boss has managed 86 matches so far at Wolves – winning 48 times.

Prior to his appointment in England, the 45-year-old’s managerial journey began at Rio Ave in the summer of 2012. During his reign at the club, he qualified the Portuguese outfit for the Europa League for the first time in the club’s history.

As a player, Nuno featured for nine different clubs as a goalkeeper. His greatest spell came at his two stints at Porto where he won four Primeira Liga and two Taça de Portugal titles. Additionally, he sealed three Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira titles as well as one in the UEFA Cup. He was also a part of the squad that won the Champions League in 2004, and was on the bench during the Final of the tournament, when Porto beat Monaco 3-0 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Last meeting

Cardiff City 2-1 Wolves - 30th November 2018

Junior Hoilett’s stunning strike delivered Neil Warnock an early birthday present as his side came from behind to beat Wolves at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Despite a positive start by the hosts, it was the away side who edged in front from a corner. Bluebirds’ shot-stopper Neil Etheridge made a fine stop to deny Raúl Jiminéz’s bullet-header. However, he could do nothing about the rebound which fell to Matt Doherty, who hammered home into the roof of the net after 18 minutes.

The Bluebirds came agonisingly close from an equaliser ten minutes before the interval. The visitors failed to clear a City corner and the ball fell to Harry Arter on the edge of the box, but the Republic of Ireland international’s thunderous effort crashed against the post, and the home side went into the break behind.

City continued to dominate after the first period and deservedly drew level just after the hour mark. Arter continued to cause problems for the Wolves defence, his shot being put behind for a corner. From the resulting set-piece, the midfielder lofted the ball back into the box before the ball fell to Aron Gunnarsson, who acrobatically tucked away his first Premier League goal of the campaign.

With the Bluebirds growing in confidence, it was the home side who settled the contest 13 minutes from time in dramatic fashion. Hoilett collected the ball on the left-hand side of the edge of the box, before curling a spectacular shot beyond the reach of Rui Patrício in front of a jubilant home crowd.

Despite the visitors’ best efforts of ensuring they did not leave South Wales empty-handed, Neil Warnock’s side held firm to secure back-to-back top-flight home wins.

Club Connections

Former Bluebirds striker Jay Bothroyd has featured for both clubs during his career. The London-born player featured 60 times in all competitions for Wolves, scoring 13 goals. The 36-year-old signed for the Bluebirds in August 2008 and made over 130 appearances in a City shirt, scoring 45 times before departing the club.

Winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing began his career at the Wolves Academy and made his professional debut for the club in a League Cup tie against Swindon Town in August 2009. The Birmingham-born winger signed for Peterborough United in the summer of 2012 and made 60 appearances for Posh in all competitions before departing the club at the end of their 2014-2015 season.

Nigerian international Seyi Olofinjana signed for the Bluebirds on loan during our 2010-2011 campaign. The 38-year-old ran out 42 times in all competitions for the club before returning to his parent club Hull City at the end of the season.

Another player who played on loan at the Bluebirds during our 2010-2011 campaign was Republic of Ireland international Andy Keogh. The 32-year-old played 18 times in all competitions for the Bluebirds, netting twice with both goals coming in injury-time.

Adam Le Fondre and Joe Mason are two additional strikers to have represented both sides. Le Fondre joined our West-Midlands counterparts on loan for the 2015-2016 campaign and made 30 appearances, whilst Mason ran out 39 times for our opponents, netting 7 goals in all competitions.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Wolves 2-0 Cardiff City

2 March 2019

Wolverhampton Wanderers defeated the Bluebirds, 2-0, at Molineux on Saturday, March 2nd.

Neil Warnock made four changes to the side that had faced Everton in midweek with Oumar Niasse, Joe Ralls, Víctor Camarasa & Lee Peltier replacing Leandro Bacuna, Bruno Ecuele Manga, Junior Hoilett & Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

The Bluebirds controlled the opening exchanges of this clash - enjoying plenty of possession and showing a real driving force. John Ruddy was called into action after six minutes to deny Aron Gunnarsson - with the former England international gathering at the second attempt.

Despite this dominance, City were delivered a sucker punch after 16 minutes. A swift counter attack from the dangerous hosts caught the Bluebirds back line out, with Diogo Jota showing his clinical side in firing Nuno’s side into the lead from 10-yards after a fine team move.

Warnock’s men barely had time to settle before a further set-back came. Defender Sol Bamba was caught in possession in his own half less than two minutes after the restart - and he was punished for this rare error. Wolves’ top goal-scorer Raúl Jiménez, on loan from Benfica, exchanged passes with Jota, before placing the ball into the back of the net at close range.

The home side used this quick double to take a hold of the match, and nearly added a third on 33 minutes, through Leander Dendoncker. The Belgian international hit the post with his first effort from a corner kick before Neil Etheridge performed a remarkable save to keep out the follow up.

Cardiff City defender Bamba was forced off just before the break after a collision with Adama on half-way. The Ivorian brought down the nippy winger, but came out of the challenge worse off. A stretcher was required, with Bruno Ecuele Manga replacing him. 

The hosts will have felt extremely fortunate to go in at the break with all 11-men on the pitch. Defender Ryan Bennett, who was earlier booked for a foul on Bobby Decordova-Reid, cynically fouled Joe Bennett on the left side four minutes into added time. Andre Marriner showed a large amount of leniency not to show a second yellow card following this challenge. From the resulting free-kick, Gunnarsson went close on the volley.

Both sides tried to score what could have been a game changing third goal early in the second half, but the opposing defences stood strong. Philippines No.1 Etheridge was called into action again after 64 minutes, saving from left-wing back Rúben Vinagre.

Etheridge’s fine form between the sticks has been a huge positive for the Bluebirds throughout the campaign - and he displayed his outstanding shot stopping abilities on 74 minutes. The dangerous Jiménez was played in on goal by substitute Matt Doherty. The Mexican international showed great footwork to evade City’s defence, but he couldn’t find a way past Etheridge for a second time - the goalkeeper somehow tipping the ball around the post from five-yards.

City’s best chance of the game came deep into added time, as captain Morrison rose highest to direct Joe Ralls’ corner towards goal, only to see the header cleared off the goal line.

FINAL SCORE: WOLVES 2-0 CARDIFF CITY

Wolves: Ruddy, Bennett, Jiménez, Boly, Coady, Gibbs-White (Moutinho 65’), Jota (Doherty 46’), Saiss, Vinagre, Dendoncker, Adama (Cavaleiro 74’). Subs Not Used: Norris, Neves, Costa, Jonny.

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Peltier, Bennett, Morrison, Bamba (Manga 45’), Ralls, Camarasa, Gunnarsson, Decordova-Reid (Paterson 59’), Zohore, Niasse (Healey 76’). Subs Not Used: Smithies, Arter, Bacuna, Harris.

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Ticket News

Away Days - Ticket News: Wolves vs. Cardiff City

Molineux - Saturday 2nd March. KO: 3pm.

10 February 2019

Tickets are to be sold in a strict selling order.

Ticket Prices:

Adults: £30
Over 65: £17
Under 21: £17
Under 17: £14
Under 12: £12

On Sale Date & Selling Structure:

10am Monday 11th February until close of business on Tuesday 12th February 2019.

  • 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 Wednesday 13th February 2019

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

Qualifying 2018/19 away league games – up to and including Arsenal.

Strictly one ticket per qualifying supporter.

All tickets are subject to availability.

033 33 11 1920

https://www.eticketing.co.uk/cardiffcity

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