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MATCH FACTS: CARDIFF VS FULHAM

9 January 2015


Cardiff City vs Fulham
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
Date: Saturday 10th January 2015, 3:00pm

Cardiff City welcome Fulham to Cardiff City Stadium for their first Sky Bet Championship match of 2015. The Cottagers currently sit three points behind City in the league table, while Russell Slade's side will be looking to build further momentum at home following the FA Cup triumph over Colchester. Cardiff City supporters have the extra bonus of watching the Bluebirds at home in the traditional Blue colours once again.

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MATCH FACTS
  • New signing Scott Malone could be in line to make his Cardiff City debut
  • Fulham's last away win in the Welsh Capital came in Aug 1998
  • Hugo Rodallega is the current top scorer for Kit Symons side with nine goals
  • The Cottagers have won three of twelve away league matches this term
  • Peter Whittingham and David Marshall are both 'ever-present' in the Sky Bet Championship for Cardiff this season


KEY OPPOSITION PLAYER: Ross McCormack
While he may currently sit second in the goal-scoring charts at Fulham, the talent and work rate of Ross McCormack means he is undoubtedly a key part of their attack. McCormack has scored six goals in all competitions for the Cottagers since his summer move from Leeds United, while continuing his tradition of threatening from set pieces as well as supplying crucial assists for fellow forwards. Former Bluebird McCormack made his mark when City visited Craven Cottage in August, supplying the cross for Tim Hoogland's headed goal.

ONE TO WATCH: Lasse Vigen Christensen
2014/15 has certainly started memorably for this future talent. Christensen may be in doubt for Saturday's clash at Cardiff City Stadium due to a knock but the midfielder has shown incredible adaptability in his first full season in the Fulham squad. Christensen's talents were discovered while the 20-year-old was playing in his native Denmark. Trial periods with Arsenal and Fulham followed, with Christensen moving to Craven Cottage permanently in January 2012. Despite just two Cup appearances before 2014/15, Christensen has comfortably settled into Kit Symons first team squad with five goals from midfield in just 20 appearances so far.

RECENT FORM (ALL COMPETITIONS)



Cardiff City: WDLLDW

Last time out: Cardiff City 3-1 Colchester United - Friday 2nd January 2015, FA Cup Third Round
Overall it was comfortable evening in the Welsh capital as Cardiff City defeated Colchester United 3-1 in the third round of the FA Cup. City took the lead just after the half hour mark when a Joe Ralls strike combined with two deflections and a huge slice of fortune put the home side ahead. After the break Russell Slade’s squad built on the first half lead as Kadeem Harris showed great agility and control to place a hooked volley into the bottom corner. Kenwyne Jones then added himself to the score sheet with his very first touch cushioning a header past Sam Walker in the Colchester United goal. Freddie Sears gave the hosts a nervous final twenty when he pulled one back for the visitors but Cardiff held on and ensured their name will be in the hat for the fourth round draw.

Moore, Brayford, Turner, Connolly, John, Whittingham (Le Fondre), Adeyemi, Ralls, Harris, Noone (Cardiff City:Fábio Wilson, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Kim.Subs Not Used:), Macheda (Jones).

LWWLLDFulham:

Last time out: Fulham 0-0 Wolves – Saturday 3rd January 2015, FA Cup Third Round
Fulham and Wolves played out an entertaining draw in the third round of the FA Cup. Leon Clarke slammed a rebound wide with the goal gaping after Bakary Sako's powerful strike hit the post early on. Scott Parker lifted Seko Fofana through on goal late on but Ikeme saved well to ensure a replay for Wolves.

 Bettinelli, Grimmer, Bodurov, Hutchinson, Stafylidis, Parker, Fofana, Christensen (Kavanagh), Woodrow (Fulham:Dembélé Subs Not Used:), McCormack, Rodallega. Király, Ruiz, Roberts, Williams, Burn.

LAST COMPETITIVE MEETING


2014/15: Saturday 30th August, Championship: Fulham 1-1 Cardiff City
Cardiff City were forced to share the spoils at Craven Cottage, drawing 1-1 against Fulham. The hosts dominated the first 45 minutes and were deservedly ahead at the break when Tim Hoogland glanced home Ross McCormack’s dangerous cross after 22 minutes. City levelled on 55 minutes as Kenwyne Jones slotted in his fourth of the campaign from close range. Neither side were able to find a winner in an end-to-end final half hour though, as Cardiff returned to South Wales with a hard earned point.

Fulham: Bettinelli, Hoogland, Stafylidis, Bodurov, Parker (Eisfeld, 82), Voser, Woodrow, (Chihi, 59) Hyndman, David (Dembélé, 75), Burn, McCormack. Subs Not Used: Király, Hutchinson, Roberts, Williams.

Cardiff City: Marshall, Brayford, Fábio, Connolly, Morrison, Whittingham, Dikgacoi (Ralls, 59), Pilkington, Dæhli (Eikrem, 82), Le Fondre (Macheda, 70), Jones. Subs Not Used: Moore, Cala, Adeyemi, Guerra.

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


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