MATCH PREVIEW: CARDIFF CITY v CHARLTON ATHLETIC
Match Previews24th September
CARDIFF CITY v CHARLTON ATHLETIC
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
Date: Saturday, 26th September 2015, 3pm K.O.
The Bluebirds take on Charlton Athletic at Cardiff City Stadium in our final home match before October’s international break.
The Addicks have had a mixed start to the season, taking eight points from their first four matches, but just one in the four fixtures since. As a result, they've slipped from third place in the League to their current position of fifteenth.
Managed by former Israel U21s and Standard Liège boss Guy Luzon, Charlton had a large turnover in the summer as they brought in the likes of Patrick Bauer, El-Hadji Ba and Ahmed Kashi, to make up for the departures of Joe Gomez and Rhoys Wiggins, among others.
Further important players for the Addicks include Jordan Cousins, Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson and Tony Watt, who has netted three goals so far this year. They have had the better of our recent encounters, with two wins and three draws in our past five meetings.
Charlton signed former Bluebird Conor McAleny on loan from Everton this month. The twenty-three year old’s time in South Wales last season was cut short by injury, but he still netted two important strikes for the Club in away matches at Rotherham United and Reading.
Another player to have pulled on both shirts is Wales international midfielder John Robinson, who made over three-hundred appearances for Charlton before joining City. Meanwhile, Jay Bothroyd played for the Addicks in the Premier League in 2005/06 prior to his time at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Cardiff City 0-0 Charlton Athletic
Cardiff City Stadium, 16th April 2013
A point against the Addicks confirmed the Bluebirds’ promotion to the Premier League with three matches to spare in the 2012/13 season. The result came fifty-three years to the day since a win over Aston Villa at Ninian Park sealed City’s last promotion to the top flight.
City's three-nil victory over Nottingham Forest on the previous Saturday had put them on the brink of promotion. Needing just a point against Chris Powell's men, the Bluebirds would have sealed it with another win had Craig Noone’s late header not been ruled out for offside.
Nevertheless, they went on to confirm their status as champions of the division thanks to Craig Conway’s goal the following Saturday away at Burnley.
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