MATCH FACTS: CARDIFF vs BLACKPOOL
Club News24th April
Cardiff City vs Blackpool
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
Date: Saturday, 25th April 2015, 3:00pm
The final home game of 2014/15 is here for Cardiff City FC with already relegated Blackpool visiting Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Bluebirds will be determined to finish their home fixtures with a victory, while the Seasiders have one final chance to win away from Bloomfield Road.
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- The Tangerines are yet to win away from home in the league this season
- It's 16 games since the visitors last registered a win
- History though favours Blackpool, with City winning two of the last eight meetings
- Bluebirds goalkeeper Joe Lewis has spent the 2014/15 season on loan with Blackpool
- While January signing Stuart O'Keefe had a short term loan period with the Seasiders from Palace in 2014
Jamie O'HaraKEY OPPOSITION PLAYER:
Former Wolves man Jamie O’Hara has impressed since linking up with the Seasiders on a short term deal back in November. Following the Black Country side’s back-to-back relegations, O’Hara was somewhat stuck in limbo for a period, playing just twice during the 2013/14 League One title charge. Once a key part of the England U21 setup and regular at Tottenham Hotspur, O’Hara has begun showing the midfield impact he can make after arriving at Bloomfield Road.
Gary MadineONE TO WATCH:
With top goal-scorer Steve Davies joining Sheffield United on loan in March, the Tangerines have looked at their own loan signing to cause attacking problems. Madine joined on a temporary basis from Sheffield Wednesday and has been a rare consistent in the starting line-up for Lee Clark, scoring three times to date.
RECENT FORM (ALL COMPETITIONS)
Cardiff City: WDLWLD
Last time out: Cardiff City 0-0 Millwall – Saturday, 18th April 2015, Sky Bet Championship
Cardiff City drew 0-0 with Millwall in their penultimate home game of the 2014/15 Championship season. Full video highlights are below.
Cardiff City: Marshall, Peltier, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Malone (Fábio), Noone (Kennedy), Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Ralls (Pilkington), Mason, Doyle. Subs Not Used: Moore, Adeyemi, O’Keefe, Harris.
Last time out: Blackpool 0-1 Fulham – Saturday, 18th April 2015, Sky Bet Championship
Matt Smith's header earned Fulham a win at relegated Blackpool and all but secured safety for the Cottagers. Blackpool almost took the lead inside five minutes when Henry Cameron struck the post with only the keeper to beat. Cameron had another shot saved a minute later, but Smith put Fulham ahead when he nodded in Sean Kavanagh's cross. Nathan Delfouneso had an effort cleared off the line for the hosts, while Gary Madine had a late effort well saved by Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.
Blackpool: Parish, Barkhuizen (Maher), Clarke, O'Dea, Dunne, Cubero Loria, Perkins (Delfouneso), Orlandi (Telford), O'Hara, Cameron, Madine. Subs Not Used: Oliver, Ferguson, Boney, Osavi-Samuel.
LAST COMPETITIVE MEETING
2014/15: Friday, 3rd October, Championship: Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff City
Francois Zoko's individual effort was enough to earn Blackpool a 1-0 victory over Cardiff City. It was against the run of play, when Blackpool took the lead. The Tangerines broke from a Bluebirds corner, finding substitute Dielna in the left-wing position. He slipped Francois Zoko into the area with ease, turning Sean Morrison before firing low under David Marshall into the centre of the goal. Substitute Adam Le Fondre almost levelled late on, but the former Reading man couldn’t beat Elliot Parish. The former City shot stopper’s Championship debut turned out to be a successful one as the Seasiders held on to pick up their first win of the campaign.
Blackpool: Parish, Daniels, J. Oriol (Dielna), Perkins, Zoko (Ranger), Delfouneso, Miller, E. Oriol (Mellis), Lundstram, Rentmeister, McMahon. Subs Not Used: Milton, Cywka, Mendy, Zenjov.
Cardiff City: Marshall, Brayford, S Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Fabio, Pilkington, Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Ralls (Noone), R Morrison (Le Fondre), Jones (Macheda). Subs Not Used: Moore, Adeyemi, Maynard, James.