MATCH PREVIEW: CARDIFF CITY v READING
4 years ago
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
Date: Saturday 7th November, 3pm K.O.
The Bluebirds return to Cardiff City Stadium to take on Sky Bet Championship rivals Reading on Saturday.
Steve Clarke’s Reading are currently two points and two places above City in the Championship table. The Royals enjoyed a run of four successive league victories in September and October, however, they will be hoping for their first win in five tomorrow afternoon.
Nick Blackman is the man to watch for the opposition. The forward hit ten strikes in ten League and Cup matches this season, and will now be looking to get back on target after three games without a goal. Orlando Sá also has five goals to his name while Matěj Vydra recently netted his first for the Club since joining on loan from Watford.
Goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi and centre-halves Paul McShane and Michael Hector look likely to line-up at the back, while Oliver Norwood and US international Danny Williams should feature in midfield. However, Steve Clarke has not revealed the identities of several possible injury absentees.
Legendary forward Robin Friday split his professional career between Reading and Cardiff from 1974-’77. Before joining the Bluebirds, Friday played 135 games for the Royals, scoring fifty-three goals, and has been voted their greatest player of all time.
Tomorrow’s match will see City defensive duo Matthew Connolly and Sean Morrison go up against their former side, along with Reading full-backs Chris Gunter and Andrew Taylor.
A sensational goal from Peter Whittingham put the Bluebirds on their way to a 2-1 victory at the Madejski Stadium.
Whitts opened the scoring after just two minutes against the Royals, getting his foot in ahead of Jimmy Kébé to lift the ball over Adam Federici from thirty-five yards.
The City number seven then created the second, whipping in a free-kick from the left which Mark Hudson diverted home.
Kébé headed in from a corner with thirteen minutes remaining, but the Bluebirds held on for the three points.
Reading: Federici, Pearce, Mills, Gorkss, Cummings (Manset 74), Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, Kebe, Le Fondre (Robson-Kanu 88), Hunt.
Subs not used: Andersen, Harte, Church.
Cardiff City: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Hudson, Turner, Kiss (McPhail 81), Whittingham, Cowie, Conway (Gerrard 90), Gunnarsson, Miller.
Subs not used: Heaton, Earnshaw, Mason.
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