Match Preview | Cardiff City vs. Bristol City
OPPOSITION FOCUS | IN THE DUGOUT
Bristol City are managed by the experienced Nigel Pearson, who has been at the helm since his appointment in February 2021.
During his playing days, Pearson operated as a defender, representing the likes of Shrewsbury Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough.
His time in management is mostly recognised by his time at Leicester City, having had two spells from 2008-2010 and 2011-2015.
Leading the Foxes to the League One title in 2009, Pearson also had success in the second-tier, securing top spot in the Championship in 2014.
Since taking over the Robins, he has managed 130 matches, with a win percentage of 32.31%.
OPPOSITION FOCUS | A SUMMER OF TRANSITION
It was a summer of change for Bristol City, who lost some key players. Midfielder Alex Scott made the move to the Premier League with Bournemouth, while Frenchman Han-Noah Massengo signed for Burnley.
Centre-back Tomáš Kalas also departed after making over a century of appearances, joining German side Schalke.
Looking to fill the void left by outgoing players, midfield duo Jason Knight and Ross McCrorie were signed from Derby County and Aberdeen respectively, while centre-back Rob Dickie joined from Queens Park Rangers.
Pearson also bolstered his squad with the signings of Haydon Roberts from Brighton, goalkeeper Lewis Thomas and right-back Taylor Gardner-Hickman, the latter joining on loan from West Bromwich Albion.
OPPOSITION FOCUS | SEASON SO FAR
Bristol City head into this weekend's fixture sitting 13th in the Championship table. The Robins have struggled for consistency so far this season, failing to pick up back-to-back league wins this campaign.
The side have claimed some impressive wins over the likes of Millwall, Plymouth Argyle and Coventry City, but followed up those victories by dropping points.
Last time out, Pearson’s side faced high-flying Ipswich Town, with Wales international Nathan Broadhead netting the only goal of the game to earn the Tractor Boys all three points.
On their travels this season, the Robins have picked up 10 points from six away matches, a record which ranks eighth in the division.
PREVIOUS MEETING | LAST TIME OUT
The Severnside derby at Cardiff City Stadium last season resulted in a memorable 2-0 victory for the Bluebirds.
City put in a fine performance and deservedly went ahead through striker Sory Kaba, who netted one of his eight goals during a successful loan spell.
Another loanee who impressed last season was Jaden Philogene, who cut inside from the right and struck into the bottom corner to double the advantage.
The fixture also stands out due to the performance of defender Perry Ng, who played between the sticks in added-time, keeping a clean sheet to see out a vital victory.