2019/20 Championship Season: Renewed Rivalries
Following the fixture release for the 2019/20 Championship season, we take a look at some of the most highly anticipated matches that the Bluebirds are set to play in…
Kicking off the season
Cardiff City’s 2019/20 Championship season will kick off on Saturday, August 3rd in an away match against Wigan Athletic. City last played against the Tics in April 2017, with the Greater Manchester side being relegated to League One at the end of the 2016/17 season. The Bluebirds will make their way to the DW Stadium for their opening game against Paul Cook’s side, who finished 18th at the end of their 2018/19 Championship campaign.
The Bluebirds will welcome the City faithful back to CCS the following week for our first home match of the 2019/20 Championship season, as we host the newly-promoted Luton Town. The Hatters finished the 2018/19 season at the top of the League One table with an impressive 94 points, and their visit to South Wales on Saturday, August 10th will be their first time ever playing at CCS following our last home meeting with the side at Ninian Park in September 2006.
South Wales Derby
On Saturday, October 26th, Cardiff City will head to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City for the first time in five years. The match will also be the first time that the two sides have met in the Championship since 2011, when the Bluebirds left the Liberty Stadium with three points following a dramatic 1-0 win over then-manager Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Swansea City finished their last league campaign in tenth place in the Championship league table, and are now under the management of Steve Cooper, who joined the club following Graham Potter's move to Brighton & Hove Albion earlier this summer.
The return fixture will be held on January 11th as Neil Warnock’s men face the Swans at CCS for perhaps the most highly anticipated home fixture of the season.
The Bluebirds’ first encounter of the season with Lee Johnson's Bristol City will be only two weeks after the first South Wales Derby, on Saturday November 9th. The Robins will be visiting CCS for the first time since February 2018, when Ken Zohore’s goal proved the difference between the two sides.
City travel over the bridge to Ashton Gate on Saturday April 4th for the return fixture following the March International Break.
Without a doubt some of the most highly anticipated fixtures of the upcoming season, City’s matches against Leeds United will be looked forward to by many supporters on either side of this rivalry.
Following their Play-Off semi-final loss against Derby County at the end of their last league campaign, the Whites will again look to push for promotion to the Premier League during the 2019/20 season. Cardiff City came away from their matches against United with six points during the 2017/18 Championship season, beating the West Yorkshire club 3-1 at home and 4-1 away.
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The first meeting between the two sides during the 2019/20 season will come on December 14th as the Bluebirds travel to Elland Road. City will then welcome the Whites to CCS three months later on Saturday, March 14th for another highly anticipated fixture against Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
Cardiff City’s final match of the 2019/20 season will be at home against Hull City on Saturday, May 2nd. The Bluebirds will host the Tigers – who finished in 13th place at the end of the 2018/19 Championship season – for the first time since December 2017, when the Bluebirds came away with all three points thanks to a header from Sol Bamba.
City’s away result against the Tigers proved vital at the end of the 2017/18 season, thanks to a brace from captain Sean Morrison in a 2-0 victory at the KCOM Stadium. Could this season’s closing fixture end up being just as important to City’s 2019/20 campaign?