With forty-six matches to scan through in our newly-released 2016/17 fixture list, we’ve picked out ten of the most exciting dates to look forward to ahead of the new season...
Find the 2016/17 fixture list in full here.
1. THE OPENING DAY
It’s the first date we look to in the footballing calendar, and this year the Bluebirds travel to Birmingham City on Saturday, 6th August to kick off 2016/17!
City will be looking to start the season with a positive result at St Andrew’s – you can read more about some of the Bluebirds’ most memorable recent opening days here.
2. HOME COMFORTS
After kicking-off the season on the road, City will be back home for a CCS double header, as we take on QPR on Saturday, 13th August, before Blackburn Rovers visit the Welsh capital just three days later.
3. A FIRST-TIME TIE
On Saturday, 1st October, the Bluebirds will compete against Burton Albion for the first ever time in league action, after Nigel Clough’s men earned promotion from League One with a second place finish last time out.
City have, however, encountered the Brewers in the League Cup, with goals from Michael Chopra, Jay Bothroyd and a Ross McCormack brace sealing a 4-1 Cup win in 2010.
4. THE SEVERNSIDE DERBY
City were unbeaten in the Severnside Derby last season, with Lex Immers and Stuart O’Keefe scoring in a 2-0 win at Ashton Gate last time out.
The rivalry is rekindled on Saturday, 15th October, with the Robins visiting CCS at 3pm for another derby-day clash.
5. A TRIP TO ST JAMES’
On Saturday, 5th November, the Bluebirds travel to the North East to face Newcastle for the first time since our Premier League season in 2013/14.
We suffered defeat in the League that year, although late goals from Craig Noone and Fraizer Campbell secured a 2-1 St James’ Park win in the FA Cup.
6. ASTON VILLA AWAY
Villa Park is one of a number of historic grounds that travelling Bluebirds will be looking forward to visiting this season.
Our first trip there since February 2014 also falls in the month of November, with City travelling to the midlands on Saturday, 26th.
7. BOXING DAY
Pack your turkey sandwiches – we’re away from home on Boxing Day again. This time, we’ve got a trip along the M4 to Griffin Park, as Paul Trollope’s men take on Brentford.
8. NEW YEAR’S EVE
As the fixture list dictates this year, if you’re away on Boxing Day then you’re away on New Year's Eve too. It’s another interesting match-up for City as we play out 2016 against Brighton & Hove Albion at the AMEX.
9. THE LAST HOME GAME
While City are away from home on the final day, our last home match is a big one! We welcome Newcastle United to Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, 29th April.
10. THE FINAL DAY
It will come around quicker than you think! City’s last game of the 2016/17 season is away to Huddersfield Town. A Peter Whittingham master-class settled the points in our last trip to face the Terriers – it could be a crucial encounter this time around as we travel to the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday, 7th May.