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MATCH FACTS: CARDIFF VS WOLVES

27 February 2015


Cardiff City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
Date: Saturday, 28th February 2015, 3:00pm

The Bluebirds finish February with a home game against 2013/14 League One champions Wolves and both teams will look to push on from mid-week wins against Wigan and Fulham respectively.


MATCH FACTS
  • The last time Wolves visited the Cardiff City Stadium they lost 3-1 thanks to a Peter Whittingham hat-trick during our promotion campaign.
  • Head to head Wolves have won 24 matches out of 51 with 13 draws.
  • This month during the 2007/08 season saw the Bluebirds see off Wolves 2-0 in the F.A. Cup at Ninian Park. The game memorable for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s fine curling goal.
  • Cardiff’s biggest win over Wolves came in the 2006/07 season with a 4-0 victory.
  • The Bluebirds are unbeaten in their last five matches 
  • Defender Scott Malone began his playing career with the Black Country side

KEY OPPOSITION PLAYER: Bakary Sako
The pacey Mali winger is Wolves’ main attacking threat, whether that is in a scoring or assisting capacity. No place was it is clearer than on Tuesday night when he put in a man of the match display against Fulham, scoring two to help Wolves to a 3-0 victory. He has been in impressive form this season leading to him being linked to a high profile move in January. Sako is currently a doubt for Saturday’s game having come off in the midweek fixture due to a stomach illness.

ONE TO WATCH: Dominic Iorfa
The Wolves starlet’s meteoric rise from the club’s academy coincided with a four match unbeaten run in January, conceding just two, which now puts the West Midlands side in play-off contention once again. Saturday’s away side only conceded eight goals in the first ten Championship games when the young defender started. Recognition for his performances stretch beyond Molineux with Iorfa picking up the Football League Young Player of the Month award for January, joining other future stars such as Dele Alli and Demarai Gray as winners of this prestigious award.


RECENT FORM (ALL COMPETITIONS) 

Cardiff City: LDDDDW


Last time out: Wigan Athletic 0-1 Cardiff City – Tuesday, 24th February 2015, Sky Bet Championship

Cardiff City earned their first double of the season as they overcame the Latics on Tuesday evening. An exceptional first half solo goal from Aron Gunnarsson was enough for the Bluebirds as they got the win they deserved following four consecutive draws on a difficult playing surface. Captain David Marshall had to be at his best to ensure the three points returned to the Welsh capital city, denying the hosts with three world class saves late on.

Cardiff City: Marshall, Connolly, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Ralls, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Noone, Kennedy, Jones (Revell), Doyle (Harris). Subs Not Used: Moore, John, McAleny, Adeyemi, O’Keefe.

DLWLWWWolverhampton Wanderers: 
 
Last time out: Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 Fulham – Tuesday, 24th February 2015, Sky Bet Championship

Saturday afternoon’s visitors picked up their second home win in four days defeating Fulham 3-0 after a 5-0 thrashing of Rotherham last Saturday. All the goals came in a frantic first-half, Bakary Sako scoring a brace whilst Captain Danny Batth grabbed the other with a header from a corner. The result leaves Wolves in 8th position, five points off the coveted last play-off spot.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Doherty, Ebanks-Landell, Hause, Flatt.Subs Not Used:Kuszczak, Iorfa, Batth, Stearman, Golbourne, McDonald, Price, Afobe (Doyle), Edwards, Sako (van La Parra), Dicko (Henry).

LAST COMPETITIVE MEETING


2014/15: Saturday, 23rd August, Championship: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Cardiff City 
In August’s reverse fixture at Molineux, a late own goal in the dying embers of the game gave Wolves a slender victory. The game could have gone either way with Kenwyne Jones having City’s best chance but his point-blank header was saved by Nigerian ‘keeper Carl Ikeme.

Cardiff City: Marshall, Fabio, Hudson, Whittingham, Le Fondre, Connolly, Gunnarsson (Dikagcoi), Adeyemi, Pilkington (Burgstaller), Maynard (Jones), Morrison. Subs Not Used: Moore, Macheda, Brayford, Eikrem.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Ikeme, Doherty, Batth, Stearman, Golbourne, Evans, McDonald, van La Parra (Henry), Edwards (Jacobs), Sako, Dicko. Subs Not Used: Clarke, McCarey, Ricketts, McAlinden, Ebanks-Landell.


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