MATCH PREVIEW: CARDIFF CITY vs SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
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The Bluebirds kick off a home double-header of fixtures, facing Sheffield Wednesday at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, ahead of Brentford’s visit on Tuesday night.
Saturday 12th December 2015, 3pm K.O. Date:
Cardiff City Stadium
Summer recruits Lucas João and Fernando Forestieri have netted five goals apiece in the league, with João also scoring twice in their run to the Fifth Round of the Capital One Cup. The Owls have a settled side elsewhere, with Kieran Lee, Sam Hutchinson and ‘keeper Kieren Westwood also impressing.
The Owls look to be genuine contenders for a play-off spot this year under their new boss, having lost just one of their last thirteen league matches.
Just one goal keeps Sheffield Wednesday behind City in the Sky Bet Championship table, as Carlos Carvalhal’s men seek a return to the top flight after a fifteen year absence.
The twice-capped Dutch international made over 100 appearances for the Bluebirds, and is one of several players to have pulled on both shirts in recent years, also including Steve McPhail and Seyi George Olofinjana.
Former City centre-backs Darren Purse and Glenn Loovens have both worn the armband for the Owls, with Loovens making a welcome return to the Welsh capital tomorrow afternoon.
Another man facing his former side in the encounter is City striker Kenwyne Jones. The Trinidad and Tobago international had a loan spell at Hillsborough from Southampton, his first Club in the United Kingdom. Kenwyne made a huge impact in his brief time with the Owls, netting seven goals in seven matches.
The Bluebirds came out on top in a classic meeting with the Owls, winning 3-2 at Cardiff City Stadium in April 2010.
Wednesday, captained by Darren Purse, took the lead in the first half through Jermaine Johnson, only for City to equalise almost immediately through a Peter Whittingham free-kick.
Jay Bothroyd’s strike then gave the Bluebirds the lead, before Marcus Tudgay levelled from a tight angle for the Owls twelve minutes from time. However, City secured the points three minutes later as Bothroyd fired low to double his individual tally, making it 3-2.
Scroll down to watch highlights of City's 3-2 victory!
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