Match Preview | Burnley vs. Cardiff City
OPPOSITION FOCUS | IN THE DUGOUT
Burnley’s First Team manager is former Manchester City centre-back Vincent Kompany, who was appointed in June 2022.
Kompany had an illustrious playing career, as he was regarded as one of the best centre-backs in world football. Having impressed at Anderlecht and Hamburger SV, the defender joined Manchester City in 2008.
Spending eleven years at the Etihad Stadium, Kompany was a four-time Premier League champion, as well as winning the FA Cup on three occasions and the EFL Cup four times.
The defender re-joined Anderlecht to become the club’s player-manager in 2019, hanging up his boots for good a year later.
After two years in charge at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Kompany made the switch to the Clarets this summer and has led them to the Championship title at the first time of asking.
OPPOSITION FOCUS | KEY PLAYERS
One of Burnley’s star performers this season has been Nathan Tella, who is the club’s top scorer.
The winger, on loan from Southampton, has netted 19 league goals, as well as contributing with five assists.
Tella has averaged a goal every 149 minutes, with a shot accuracy of 68%. However, the 23-year-old was forced off through injury in a 2-2 draw against Rotherham United last month.
Fellow winger Manuel Benson heads into Monday’s fixture in fine form, having netted in each of his last four fixtures.
Benson has scored 13 goals this season, with four assists to his tally, averaging a goal every 138 minutes.
HEAD-TO-HEAD | CITY’S RECORD
The Bluebirds and the Clarets met for the first time in March 1922, with the two sides competing in Division One.
In a 1-1 draw, Billy Hardy, who went on to amass a remarkable 497 league appearances for the Club, found the net for City.
Since then, the Bluebirds have beaten Burnley on 29 occasions, while the Clarets have tasted victory in 30 meetings, with 26 clashes ending in a draw.
In the reverse fixture at Cardiff City Stadium back in October, Callum Robinson’s dramatic last-minute header earned City a point, after Tella had given the Clarets a second-half lead.
CITY FLASHBACK | BLUEBIRDS NET FOUR TO GO TOP
The Bluebirds welcomed Burnley to Cardiff City Stadium in October 2012, looking to continue a fantastic start to the Championship campaign.
City showed great quality from the off, as a fine strike from Craig Noone hit the woodwork, with striker Joe Mason on-hand to fire the Bluebirds into an early lead.
Striker Charlie Austin was aiming to net in his ninth consecutive fixture, but City produced a faultless defensive performance to deny the striker.
At the other end, Noone was again involved as the Bluebirds doubled the lead, finding the net with a great effort from distance.
With seven minutes left on the clock, a pinpoint corner from Peter Whittingham, which City fans grew so accustomed to, was headed home at the back post by Matthew Connolly.
Whittingham again showed his playmaking ability as the Bluebirds added a fourth, finding Rudy Gestede in the box, who headed down for Aron Gunnarsson to finish and send City to the top of the table, where they would end the campaign.