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MATCH FACTS: FULHAM VS CARDIFF CITY

29 August 2014

Fulham vs Cardiff City
Venue: Craven Cottage
Date: Saturday 30th August 2014, 3.00pm KO

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Cardiff City return to league action on Saturday as they visit Fulham at Craven Cottage. Felix Magath's side recorded their first win of the season in the League Cup against Brentford in midweek and will be looking to continue this spell of positivity at home against City. Ole Gunnar Solskjær's team have won four of their six games so far this term with new signings Kiko Macheda and Kagisho Dikgacoi both showcasing their talents on return from injury against Port Vale in midweek. 
Tickets for this match are still available. Please call 0845 345 1400 or buy tickets online now

MATCH FACTS
  • Fulham are yet to pick up a point in the Sky Bet Championship this season
  • It's been over sixteen years since the Cottagers defeated City - Tues 18 August 1998: City 1-2 Fulham
  • Cardiff have had five away games in the first month of the campaign - two wins, one draw and one loss so far
  • New Fulham signing Gabor Kiraly faced off against the Bluebird's strike force while in goal for TSV Munchen 1860 during a pre-season match back in July
  • Cardiff won the last meeting at Craven Cottage 2-1 in September 2013 - City's first ever away victory in the Premier League
  • Felix Magath's side have played two matches at home during 2014/15, falling to 1-0 defeats against both Wolves and Millwall

 


KEY OPPOSITION PLAYER: Ross McCormack
Scotland International McCormack joined Fulham in the summer on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee from Leeds United. The forward captained the Yorkshire side prior to his London move, scoring 53 goals in 140 games while a key player at Elland Road. He spent two years as a player in the Welsh Capital with a goal ratio of 1:3 making him a popular figure at City. Ross opened his account for Fulham in their 1-0 League Cup victory at Brentford on Tuesday night.


ONE TO WATCH: Patrick Roberts
England U17 star Patrick Roberts has made four appearances for Felix Magath's side this season. He made his first team debut one month after his seventeenth birthday against eventual Premier League Champions Manchester City back in March. The right winger has scored seven goals in fourteen England U17 games and is undoubtedly one of the countries biggest upcoming talents.

RECENT FORM (ALL COMPETITIONS)

Cardiff City: DWWWLW

Last time out: Port Vale 2-3 Cardiff City - Tuesday 26th August 2014, Capital One Cup
Cardiff City secured a Third Round spot with a 3-2 victory over Port Vale. Skipper for the evening Joe Ralls put the Bluebirds in front before Michael O'Connor leveled for the hosts with a thirty-five yard thunderbolt. Debut forward Kiko Macheda's first appearance in a City shirt proved crucial with a second half double to put Ole's side two goals ahead. A late Michael Brown goal threatened to make it a nervy final few moments but City held on to seal their safe passage.


Cardiff City: Moore, Barnum-Bobb, John, Cala, Oshilaja, Eikrem (Burgstaller, 73), Ralls, Kim (Harris, 61), Dikgacoi, Macheda, Guerra (Velikonja, 81) Subs Not Used: Wilson, James, O'Sullivan, Owen

Fulham: DLLLLW

Last time out: Brentford 0-1 Fulham - Tuesday 26th August 2014, Capital One Cup
Former Bluebirds striker Ross McCormack scored his first goal for Fulham in a one goal victory over Brentford in the Capital One Cup. McCormack latched onto Chris David's defence-splitting pass to secure Felix Magath's team a first win of the 2014/15 season.

Fulham: Bettinelli, Burn, Stafylidis, Hutchinson, Voser, Parker (Eisfeld, 45) - (Fotheringham, 69), McCormack, Hoogland, Williams, David (Bodurov, 87), Woodrow. Subs Not Used: Roberts, Dembele, Chihi, Joronen.

LAST COMPETITIVE MEETING



2013/14: Saturday 8th March 2014, Premier League: Cardiff City 3-1 Fulham
Cardiff City picked the most opportune time possible to record their first win by a two-goal margin in the Barclays Premier League, as the Bluebirds produced a vital 3-1 victory over bottom club Fulham at Cardiff City Stadium. Captain Steven Caulker produced an unlikely double by scoring either side of a Lewis Holtby equaliser for the Cottagers, and a Sascha Riether own-goal put Cardiff out of reach in the second half.

Jordon Mutch's last minute winner at Craven Cottage in September 2013 earned City their first away win of the campaign, defeating Fulham 2-1. Mutch's incredible left footed strike was eventually crowned Club Goal of the Season.

Teams

Cardiff City: Marshall, Caulker (capt), Turner (Théophile-Catherine 90), Medel (Eikrem 81), Jones, Campbell (Dæhli 72), Kim, Noone, Mutch, Fábio, John. Subs Not Used: Lewis, Juan Cala, Zaha, Bellamy.

Fulham:
Stekelenburg, Riise (Kačaniklić 46), Heitinga, Hangeland (capt), Sidwell, Holtby, Richardson, Mitroglou, Dejagah (Karagounis 50), Woodrow (Bent 76), Riether. Subs Not Used: Stockdale, Kvist, Zverotić, Burn.

Tickets for this match are still available. Please call 0845 345 1400 or buy tickets online now


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