MATCH PREVIEW | CARDIFF CITY vs SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
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Cardiff City welcome Sheffield Wednesday to South Wales for their second Sky Bet Championship home fixture in four days.
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The Bluebirds will be looking to build on their excellent Severnside Derby victory over Bristol City at Cardiff City Stadium on Friday.
Sheffield Wednesday, managed by Carlos Carvalhal, arrive in the Welsh capital in having won two of their last three Championship games. The Owls beat Blackburn Rovers 1-0 towards the end of September thanks to a goal from Steven Fletcher but they came unstuck in their next match when they lost 2-1 to Brighton and Hove Albion at Hillsborough.
They returned to winning ways on Sunday when they overcame high-flying Huddersfield Town 1-0 away from home. Fernando Foriestieri sealed the result with a second half penalty.
Wednesday have four players all on three goals for the season so far with Forestieri, Fletcher, Gary Hooper and Keiran Lee all sharing the mantle of the Owls’ top scorer.
Centre back Glenn Loovens currently plays for the Owls and has captained the side on many occasions. The Dutch defender initially joined the Bluebirds on loan in 2005 before making that deal permanent before the start of the 2006/07 Championship season. In total he represented City 100 times, scoring three goals.
City left-back Joe Bennett turned out for Wednesday on loan last season. After his excellent debut in the City shirt on Friday night, he looked ahead to the Owls game with us here.
A host of players have represented both the Bluebirds and the Owls in recent years and these include Jay Bothroyd, Steve McPhail, Darren Purse, Seyi Olofinjana, Roger Johnson, Kenwyne Jones and Graham Kavanagh.
A memorable meeting between the two sides took place during the Bluebirds’ final season at Ninian Park on 20th December 2008.
City had the better of the first half exchanges but were finding it hard to fashion clear cut chances to test Lee Grant in the Wednesday goal. Striker Jay Bothroyd came the closest with a couple of half chances but the score was 0-0 at the half time whistle.
City came racing out of the traps in the second half and were in front inside the opening five minutes. Bothroyd nodded the ball down to Roger Johnson and the centre back saw his volley take a big deflection on its way into the back of the net. The Bluebirds never looked back after this and Michael Chopra made sure of the result from the penalty spot after Sean McAllister had brought down Joe Ledley in the Wednesday area.
- The Owls were founded in 1867 by members of The Wednesday Cricket Club.
- The club have lifted the FA Cup three times, first in 1896 and then again in 1907 and 1935.
- Wednesday have not played in English football’s top flight since they were relegated in 2000.
- The Owls came agonisingly close to promotion last season when they lost the Championship Play-Off Final to Hull City. Wednesday went down 1-0 thanks to a spectacular second half goal from Mohamed Diamé.
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