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MATCH FACTS: CARDIFF VS SHEFF WED

26 September 2014

Cardiff City vs Sheffield Wednesday
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
Date: Saturday 27th September 2014, 3.00pm KO

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Cardiff City host Stuart Gray's Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, still searching for a first win in September. The Owls go into this match on the back of a seven goals thrashing to Capital One Cup holders Manchester City, but have shown strong league form so far this season, losing only once.

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

MATCH FACTS
  • New loan signing Ravel Morrison could make his Cardiff City debut after joining from West Ham United earlier in the week
  • Cardiff have won the last three matches between the two teams
  • While Stevie May has impressed since signing from St Johnstone, Atdhe Nuhiu currently top scores for the Owls in all competitions with four goals so far
  • The Owls have kept clean sheets in their past three Championship matches
  • Saturday's match will see caretaker coaches Danny Gabbidon and Scott Young take charge of their first league match at Cardiff City Stadium

KEY OPPOSITION PLAYER: Glenn Loovens
Glenn Loovens joined Cardiff City on loan initially for the 2005-06 season, and after forming a formidable partnership with Darren Purse in the heart of defence was signed permanently at the end of the campaign. He was a big part of the 2008 FA Cup run to Wembley, playing the full ninety minutes of the final. He left the Welsh Capital to join Celtic in 2008, and linked up with the Owls in 2013, initially on a short term contract. Stuart Gray’s faith in Loovens was shown at the start of 2014/15 as made the central defender his club captain.

ONE TO WATCH: Stevie May 
Former Southampton and Northampton Town manager Stuart Gray made a succession of astute signings in the summer to strengthen his squad, beating a number of clubs to the signing of clinical forward Steven ‘Stevie’ May from St Johnstone. May has scored three goals in seven league games so far in the blue and white strips, including the winner over Nigel Adkins’ Reading side last Saturday. His exuberant hairstyle and goal-scoring technique disguise the fact that May is still only 21-years old.

RECENT FORM (ALL COMPETITIONS)

Cardiff City: WDLLDL

Last time out: Cardiff City 0-3 AFC Bournemouth - Tuesday 23rd September 2014, Capital One Cup

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, Gabbidon, Cala, John, Gunnarsson, Kim (Dæhli), Adeyemi, Guerra (Macheda), Le Fondre, Maynard (Pilkington). Subs Not Used: Marshall, James, Eikrem, Burgstaller.

Sheffield Wednesday: WLDWWL

Last time out: Manchester City 7-0 Sheffield Wednesday - Wednesday 24th September 2014, Capital One Cup

A day for all Sheffield Wednesday fans to forget as holders Manchester City hit them for seven. Loanee Frank Lampard opened and finished the scoring, with Yaya Touré, Navas, Dzeko and youngster Pozo also hitting the back of the net for Manuel Pellegrini's side. 

Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland, Zayatte, Buxton, Mattock, Lees, Maghoma, Maquire, May, Palmer (Helan), Coke (Dielna), Madine (Nuhiu). Subs Not Used: Westwood, Semedo, Drenthe, Hope.

LAST COMPETITIVE MEETING

2013/14: Saturday 16th March 2013, Championship: Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Cardiff City
Cardiff City ended a run of three games without a win to open a seven-point lead at the top as Sheffield Wednesday edged nearer the relegation zone.The first half ended with Don Cowie breaking the deadlock with a driven shot from the edge of the area after Wednesday failed to clear a corner.Another set-piece saw the unmarked Matthew Connolly double the lead with a close-range header to seal victory for Cardiff.

Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, R Johnson, Gardner, Llera, Lee, Antonio (Maquire), Helan (J Johnson), Pugh (Madine), Prutton, Lita. Subs Not Used: Bywater, Taylor, Semedo, McCabe. 

Cardiff City: Marshall, Taylor, Connolly, Barnett, Nugent, Whittingham, Cowie, Gunnarsson, Helguson (Gestede), Campbell, Bellamy (Smith). Subs Not Used: Lewis, McNaughton, Conway, Kim, Mutch.

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

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