MATCH PREVIEW: CARDIFF CITY v BRENTFORD
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
Date: Tuesday 15th December 2015, 7:45pm K.O.
The Bluebirds are in action for their last home match ahead of Christmas, playing host to Brentford at Cardiff City Stadium.
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The Bees travel to South Wales just one point behind City, as they look to compete for a Sky Bet Championship play-off spot, having reached the semi-finals in the 2014/15 campaign.
Dean Smith’s men are in superb league form, having lost just one of their last ten fixtures, and visit CCS fresh from a 2-2 West London Derby draw away to Fulham.
Their top scorer is Alan Judge, who has had a hugely successful season, netting eight goals so far from attacking midfield. Danish forward Lasse Vibe has also found the net on six occasions.
Harlee Dean could return to the side following suspension, possibly lining up alongside Nico Yennaris, James Tarkowski and Jake Bidwell in defence. Meanwhile, Ryan Woods and Toumani Diagouraga look set to partner each other in midfield.
City signed ‘keeper Simon Moore from Brentford back in July 2013. The twenty-five year old stopper made a total of seventy-seven League and Cup appearances for the Bees, his penalty shoot-out heroics helping the side to the 2013 League One Play-Off Final.
Going in the other direction was former Bluebird, Tommy Smith. The forward, who previously made over three-hundred career appearances for Watford, moved to Griffin Park in 2014 after playing a total of twenty-six games for City.
Kadeem Harris, Ben Nugent and Tom Adeyemi have all had temporary spells with the Bees in recent years. Harris and Nugent joined on loan from City, while Adeyemi scored three goals in thirty-nine games on loan from Norwich, prior to joining the Bluebirds.
Cardiff City came back from a goal down to beat Brentford 2-1 at Griffin Park in March 2015.
The Bees took the lead on twenty-eight minutes when striker Andre Gray tapped in, after Simon Moore had parried Alex Pritchard’s free-kick.
However, City were back in it when Kiko Macheda took advantage of a David Button slip-up in the second half, to side-foot the ball into an empty net in front of the travelling City fans.
City then took the lead with one of the goals of the season – a sublime chip from Alex Revell half an hour from time.
While both Kadeem Harris and Macheda were dismissed, the Bluebirds’ nine men hung on for the victory – Kenwyne Jones putting in a superb block in his own box to secure the points late on.
Scroll down for highlights of City’s 2-1 victory over Brentford!
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