Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Cardiff City
Venue: Molineux Stadium
Date: Saturday 23rd August 2014, 3.00pm KO
Match-tag: #WOLCAR (Live tweets on @CardiffCityFC)
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Cardiff City visit Wolverhampton Wanderers for their second away match of the Sky Bet Championship season. Last year's League One Champions Wolves have started the new campaign strongly with two wins from three games under former Swansea manager Kenny Jackett, while City remain unbeaten so far this term.
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- Two City players could be in line to make their debut in this match - Kagisho Dikgacoi and Federico Macheda
- Former Cardiff captain Roger Johnson is still on the books with the Midlands-based team
- Kenny Jackett has won over 60% of matches while in charge at Wolverhampton Wanderers
- Wolves last win over the Bluebirds at Molineux came back on Tuesday 22nd April 2008, winning 3-0 on that occasion
- Kenwyne Jones has scored three goals in three games so far this term
- Jackett's side amounted a record 103 points as they romped to the League One title
KEY OPPOSITION PLAYER: Bakary Sako
Twenty-six year old Sako has been a key player for Wolves since signing for the club from Saint-Etienne in 2012. The former French U21 International has scored twenty-two league goals in eighty games while wearing the gold and amber shirt, including two goals in his two outings against the Bluebirds. He also scored the winning goal in Wolves' game against Fulham on Wednesday night.
ONE TO WATCH: Nouha Dicko
Dicko signed with the Midlands-based team on a permanent deal in January 2014. He had spent time on loan with Wolves at the end of 2012/13 making four substitute appearances and scoring once. Five goals in five games for Rotherham United in a further loan spell in late 2013 highlighted Dicko's undoubted goal-scoring ability once more with the striker bagging thirteen league goals for Wolves as they stormed to the League One title.
RECENT FORM (ALL COMPETITIONS)
Cardiff City: LLDWWW
Last match: Cardiff City 1-0 Wigan Athletic - Tuesday 19th August 2014, Sky Bet Championship
Cardiff City continued their winning run, defeating Wigan Athletic 1-0 in a hard fought match at Cardiff City Stadium. Former Latics forward Nicky Maynard slotted home the only goal after the break following a clever short corner move. The Bluebirds moved into second place following the win.
Cardiff City: Marshall, Brayford, Morrison, Connolly, Fabio, Gunnarsson, Adeyemi, Whittingham, Daehli (Pilkington, 45), Jones (Guerra, 88), Maynard (Le Fondre, 80). Subs Not Used: Moore, Cala, Hudson, Eikrem.
Last match: Fulham 0-1 Wolves - Wednesday 20th August 2014, Sky Bet Championship
Fulham suffered a third straight defeat after Bakary Sako's goal earned Wolves victory at Craven Cottage. Sako struck after the Cottagers failed to deal with a first-half corner, firing into the bottom corner. Carl Ikeme's first save only came when he tipped Moussa Dembele's shot behind after the break.
Wolves: Ikeme, Doherty, Golbourne, Evans, Batth, Stearman, van La Parra (Jacobs, 86), McDonald, Dicko, Edwards, Sako. Subs Not Used: McCarey, Clarke, Henry, Ricketts, McAlinden, Ebanks-Landell.
LAST COMPETITIVE MEETING
2012/13: Sunday 24th February 2013, Championship: Wolves 1-2 Cardiff City
Fraizer Campbell's brace was enough to see Cardiff to victory at Molineux. More importantly, it re-established City's eight point advantage at the top of the division and saw them reach the 70 point milestone. Bakary Sako registered with a deflected free-kick on sixty-nine minutes but City held on comfortably to seal victory.
Cardiff City: Marshall, Connolly, Taylor, Hudson (McNaughton, 75), Turner, Whittingham, Campbell (Helguson, 82), Gunnarsson, Cowie (Kim, 80), Bellamy, Conway. Subs Not Used: Lewis, Noone, Mason, Mutch.
Wolves: Ikeme, Johnson, Doherty (Foley, 78), Batth (Ebanks-Blake, 46), Robinson, Gorkss, O'Hara, Doumbia (Doyle, 46), Sigurdarson, Sako, Henry. Subs Not Used: Edwards, Davis, Ward, De Vries.
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A message to travelling City fans from Chief Superintendent Steve Graham - Match Day Commander of the West Midlands Police Force
"If you are travelling to the game at Molineux this Saturday, on behalf of West Midlands Police, I would like to welcome you to Wolverhampton.
"I am the Match Day Commander and I wanted to let you know a few things about the policing operation. I know that many Cardiff fans travel to away fixtures on coaches, so officers will be at the Coach Park to direct you towards the ground once you arrive.
"While I know that all fans don't have a drink before the match, the club has decided that alcohol will be served in the ground. My overall objective is to work with the club to deliver a safe and enjoyable experience for both home and away fans.
"To keep up to date with events around the ground, follow our football officer @WMPWolvesFC. I hope that win, lose or draw (OK, maybe not lose!) you have a good day in Wolverhampton."