Cardiff City vs Brentford
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
Date: Saturday 20th December 2014, 3:00pm
Cardiff City host Brentford at Cardiff City Stadium looking to return to winning ways. Mark Warburton's side certainly won't be a pushover, three points in the Welsh Capital could be enough for them to top the Championship this Christmas.
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- Cardiff City have picked up 22 points from 30 at home this season
- The Bees last defeat came on the road to Huddersfield Town
- Andre Gray tops the scoring charts for Brentford with nine goals this term
- Kadeem Harris made his league debut against AFC Bournemouth last time out
- It's our last opportunity to pick up points before Christmas!
KEY OPPOSITION PLAYER: Andre Gray
Andre hasn't required much time to settle into the Sky Bet Championship following his summer move from 2013/14 Conference Champions Luton Town, firing in nine goals in the first half of the campaign. Gray bagged 30 league goals in 44 matches last time, and while he may struggle to reach that tally once more, the three-division step up hasn't hindered him at all - a true testament to his goal-scoring ability. While top flight clubs are rumoured to be interested in Gray, Mark Warburton certainly won't be willing to let his talisman forward leave without a battle. A true attacking threat for the Bluebirds defence to look out for.
ONE TO WATCH: Jota
José Ignacio Peleteiro Ramallo, or Jota as he is known by those at Griffin Park, is an attacking midfielder signed during the summer by Brentford from Celta de Vigo. It was during a loan spell with Segunda División side Eibar that Jota's talents were exhibited last season, scoring eleven goals and picking up a league winners medal before his move to London. He has scored five league goals already this season from midfield in thirteen starts and four sub appearances.
RECENT FORM (ALL COMPETITIONS)
Cardiff City: LDWWDL
Last time out: AFC Bournemouth 5-3 Cardiff City - Saturday 13th December 2014, Sky Bet Championship
AFC Bournemouth rose to the top of the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon, after edging out Cardiff City in an eight-goal thriller. Kenwyne Jones and Sean Morrison (2) scoring for the Bluebirds.
Cardiff City: Marshall, Connolly, Morrison, Turner, Brayford, Kim Bo-kyung (Harris), Gunnarsson (Adeyemi), Whittingham, Noone, Jones (Macheda), le Fondre. Subs Not Used: Moore, Fabio, Ecuele Manga, Ralls.
Last time out: Brentford 3-1 Blackburn Rovers – Saturday 13th December 2014, Sky Bet Championship
Brentford returned to winning ways as Andre Gray scored his ninth goal of the season to help defeat Blackburn. The 23-year-old fired across Jason Steele to score between goals from Jonathan Douglas and Jota. Douglas' 15th minute tap-in was cancelled out by Blackburn's Rudy Gestede, whose acrobatic volley found the back of the net via a deflection. But the hosts took all three points as Jota slotted past Steele just after Ben Marshall had rattled a Brentford post.
Brentford: Button, Odubajo, Dean, Craig, Bidwell, Douglas, Peleteiro Ramallo (Dallas), Diagouraga, Pritchard (Smith), Judge, Gray (Proschwitz). Subs Not Used: Saunders, Bonham, Toral, Tarkowski.
LAST COMPETITIVE MEETING
2002/03: Tuesday 4th March, Division Two: Brentford 0-2 Cardiff City
The Bluebirds continued their excellent away form to record their first win at Griffin Park since 1990. Scott Young opened the scoring in the 51st minute. An excellent Graham Kavanagh free kick was well saved by home keeper Paul Smith, but current Assistant Manager Young was there for the follow-up header to record his first goal since that FA Cup goal against Leeds United. Club legend Robert Earnshaw sealed the win in the 77th minute with his 29th strike of the season.
Young wasn't the only member of current first team management in the Cardiff City squad on that day, with goalkeeping coach Martin Margetson on the substitutes bench.
Cardiff City: Alexander, Croft, Young, Prior, Barker, Boland, Kavanagh, Bonner, Mahon, Thorne, Earnshaw. Subs: Legg, Bowen, Fortune-West, Collins, Margetson.
Brentford: P. Smith, Dobson, Frampton, Sonko, Somner, O'Connor, Hutchinson, J. Smith, Rowlands, McCammon, Vine. Subs: Julian, Marshall, Peters, Hughes, Constantine.
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