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MATCH FACTS: BOURNEMOUTH VS CARDIFF

11 December 2014


AFC Bournemouth vs Cardiff City
Venue: Dean Court
Date: Saturday 13th December 2014, 3.00pm KO

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Cardiff City travel to Eddie Howe's in-form AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, looking for a second consecutive away win. City will also be aiming to firmly avenge the 3-0 defeat suffered at the hands of the Cherries in the Capital One Cup earlier this season.

Away Tickets for this match are sold out with over 1300 Bluebirds making the trip to Dean Court!

MATCH FACTS
  • Eddie Howe's AFC Bournemouth are currently unbeaten in their last 12 matches
  • Six points currently separate City and the Cherries in third place
  • Cardiff have kept clean sheets in three of their last four games
  • Bournemouth welcomed back nine-goal striker Callum Wilson from injury in their win over Wolves
  • City's last league win at Dean Court came in February 2002, goals from Kavanagh, Earnshaw and Boland in a 3-1 victory

KEY OPPOSITION PLAYER: Callum Wilson
Following his summer move from Coventry City, Callum Wilson has stormed the Championship for Eddie Howe and his new team with nine league and two cup goals so far. Wilson was brought to the club to replace outgoing top scorer Lewis Grabban, and has shown a clinical eye for goal in his short time at Dean Court. Howe has looked to powerful forward Brett Pitman for additional attacking support with Wilson injured recently, with Pitman also scoring six times this season - but will have both attackers available for the visit of Cardiff.

ONE TO WATCH: Marc Pugh
Wide midfielder Pugh has made over 40 appearances each season for the Cherries since joining the club from Hereford United in June 2010. He has already bagged five goals in just 15 games this campaign(the same as he managed in the whole of 2013/14), including a hat-trick in the 8-0 win over Birmingham City. A creative spark whether going for goal or aiming to find Pitman or Wilson, Pugh is certainly one-to-watch in the AFC Bournemouth ranks.

RECENT FORM (ALL COMPETITIONS)

Cardiff City: WLDWWD

Last time out: Cardiff City 0-0 Rotherham United - Saturday 6th December 2014, Sky Bet Championship
Cardiff City remain undefeated at CCS under Russell Slade as they earned a clean sheet against visitors Rotherham United. A routine first half played out with both sides’ best chances coming from aerial balls into the box. Sean Morrison, Ben Turner and Kenwyne Jones went close though none could test stopper Collin to any real extent. For the visitors, Tom Lawrence and Ben Pringle were finding joy in the midfield though they too were guilty of wasting opportunities. The second period saw Cardiff City explode into life, grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck as the half wore on. Though several chances came City’s way through hard work and endeavor with Craig Noone, Federico Macheda and Adam le Fondre going close though the golden touch deserted the Bluebirds. 0-0 the final score, City remaining two points and three places from the play-off positions.

Cardiff City: Marshall, Connolly (Fabio), Brayford, S. Morrison, Turner, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Noone, Kim, le Fondre (R. Morrison), Jones (Macheda). Subs Not Used: Moore, Ralls, Daehli, Adeyemi.

AFC Bournemouth: WWDDDW

Last time out: Wolves 1-2 AFC Bournemouth – Saturday 6th December 2014, Sky Bet Championship
AFC Bournemouth returned to winning ways at Molineux as Wolves finished the match with nine men. Rajiv van La Parra and Matt Doherty sent from the field of play, but it was Wolves that took the lead early in the match through on-loan Danny Graham. van La Parra's dismissal on 59 minutes transformed the match with Harry Arter levelling before Matt Ritchie blasted the Cherries ahead from 15 yards. Doherty was sent off following the second Bournemouth goal.

AFC Bournemouth: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels (Smith), Ritchie, Arter, Surman, Pugh (Kermorgant), Pitman, Wilson (Gosling). Subs Not Used: Camp, Stanislas, Fraser, O'Kane.

LAST COMPETITIVE MEETING

2014/15: Tuesday 23rd September, Capital One Cup: Cardiff City 0-3 AFC Bournemouth
The Bluebirds fought but were unable to stop in-form Bournemouth from advancing to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup at CCS. City conceded within ten minutes facing an uphill struggle. It wasn’t long before the visitors added a second and when the third came just after the half-hour mark it was all but over for our boys. The second half brought a renewed effort to cut the deficit and City did improve, creating chances through Mats Dæhli though the Bluebirds could not find the finishing touch. The Cherries hit the bar and had one cleared off the line whilst Cardiff had a goal denied by the linesman as the contest became stretched; however it was not to be this evening for Cardiff City, the final score 0-3.

Cardiff City: Moore, Brayford, John, Cala, Gabbidon, Le Fondre, Kim Bo-kyung (Daehli), Adeyemi, Gunnarsson, Guerra (Macheda), Maynard (Pilkington). Subs Not Used: Marshall, Wolff Eikrem, Burgstaller, James.

AFC Bournemouth: Boruc, Smith (Francis), Cargill, Elphick, O'Kane, Gosling, MacDonald (Arter), Pugh, Daniels, Pitman, Stanislas (Rantie). Subs Not Used: Camp, Wilson, Ritchie, McCarthy.

Away Tickets for this match are sold out with over 1300 Bluebirds making the trip to Dean Court!

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