Match Preview | Birmingham City vs. Cardiff City
Cardiff City TV options
In respect of domestic streaming, the EFL has returned to the position as was prior to the pandemic when the live broadcast or streaming of any match in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is prohibited between the hours of 2:45pm-5:15pm on Saturday afternoons.
However, supporters in the UK can purchase a Monthly Audio Pass to listen in for just £5! For audio throughout the season, purchase an Audio Only Season Pass for £45.
This fixture is available to watch live on Cardiff City TV for supporters based overseas.
Overseas supporters can watch City’s match against Birmingham City live on Cardiff City TV by grabbing an International Match Pass for just £10! International Match Passes for the fixture begin before kick-off, with exclusive pre-match coverage presented by Cardiff City TV.
Opposition Focus | Season so far
The Blues are currently in 16th place in the Sky Bet Championship table after 21 games, having won seven, drawn five and tasted defeat on nine occasions.
Their home form has seen them win four times this term, defeating Derby County, Swansea City, Bristol City and most recently Blackpool.
Lee Bowyer is the man in charge at Birmingham City. The former midfielder took the job in March of this year, leaving Charlton Athletic after three years.
Opposition Focus: Ones to watch
Troy Deeney joined his childhood club over the summer after 11 memorable years at Watford. The forward has been involved in 15 matches this season, and scored three times.
Ahead of Deeney in the scoring ranks for the Blues is former Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan. Birmingham City's No.9 has hit the net on six occasions in 19 matches in the league in 2021/22.
Between the sticks, former Bluebirds shot stopper Neil Etheridge made his first league appearance of the season last time out against Millwall. The former City No.1 suffered an intense battle with COVID over the summer, halting his pre-season campaign. Birmingham's regular goalkeeper this season, Matija Sarkic, missed the game with the Lions due to a hamstring injury.
Blues & Bluebirds | Club connections
The aforementioned Etheridge spent three seasons at Cardiff City Stadium after joining on a free from Walsall in 2017. The goalkeeper, initially signed to fight it out with Lee Camp for the No.1 jersey, played in 45 Championship matches in his first season in South Wales, helping the Bluebirds to promotion to the Premier League. During the subsequent top flight campaign, Etheridge put in a stellar performance, earning the Club Player of the Year award. Neil left CCS in September 2020, signing a four year contract with the Blues.
Former City winger Chris Burke has worn blue for both sides during his career. The 38 year-old – who is still playing for Kilmarnock – made the move from the Welsh capital to Birmingham in 2011. He made over 100 appearances for both clubs, scoring a combined 40 goals over a five-year period.
Jordon Mutch, Tom Adeyemi, Roger Johnson, Cameron Jerome and Tony Capaldi are just some of the other players to have featured for both the Blues and the Bluebirds.