MATCH PREVIEW:Wednesday -v- Cardiff City

It’s the last home game of the season, it’s win or go home for our visitors, can Wednesday finally secure their place in the playoffs in front of a massive Hillsborough crowd?

There’ll be 30,000+ at S6, can the Owls get the result the majority want and give us a shot at the promised land?

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Derby (A) D 1-1 8 3 7 4 13 45%
CARDIFF Bolton (H) W 2-1 26 8 7 1 11 77%

Wednesday played out an even contest against Derby but couldn’t hold on to their advantage after Barry Bannan scored a stunning goal, Forestieri could have made it two but the woodwork denied him and Darren Bent netted with his first touch to share the spoils.

Cardiff needed a late penalty to overcome relegated Bolton who had played the majority of the game with ten men after a moment of stupidity from Niall Maher, the Bluebirds did little with the possession they had but their pressure eventually paid off.

Last five games Derby(a) MK Dons(h) Ipswich(h) Bristol C(a) Blackburn(h)
WEDNESDAY D 1-1 D 0-0 D 1-1 L 4-1 W 2-1
Last five games Bolton(h) Brentford(a) QPR(h) Fulham(a) Burnley(a)
CARDIFF W 2-1 L 2-1 D 0-0 L 2-1 D 0-0

Wednesday have had a few chances to secure that top six berth but haven’t quite been able to do it, two sloppy goals have been conceded in the last three games but a point from either of the last two games represents the Owls’ biggest point haul since their drop from the top flight in 2000.

Cardiff have also stuttered at the wrong time, Wednesday’s slip ups have kept their hopes of a top six spot alive but the Bluebirds need to win here, a tough ask given they’ve won just five games on their travels all season.

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS CARDIFF WINS DRAWS
24 26 14

LAST MEETING: 12th December 2015, Cardiff City Stadium, Att – 14,526

Cardiff City 2-2 Wednesday

(C.Noone 21 (pen),A.Pilkington 34)(F.Forestieri 61,B.Bannan 76)

The Owls showed grit in the last meeting to fight back from a 2-0 deficit but haven’t won in the last six meetings against Cardiff.

That being said Cardiff have only won once at S6 since 2005, a 2-0 win in March 2013 on their way to promotion to the Premier League.

The Owls’ last win over Cardiff was a rare victory in the 2009/10 season – Etienne Esajas, Luke Varney and Leon Clarke all scored as the Wednesday triumphed.

 

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

Ross Wallace serves the second match of his ban but Sam Hutchinson could make the squad after suffering from glandular fever.

Otherwise the Owls emerged unscathed at Derby.

Cardiff are missing Joe Ralls and Lex Immers through injury.

WESTWOOD

HUNT

HUNT

LOOVENS

LOOVENS

LEES

LEES

PUDIL

PUDIL

McGEADY

McGEADY

LEE

LEE

BANNAN

BANNAN

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

NUHIU

NUHIU

HOOPER

HOOPER

 

KEY PLAYERS

Barry Bannan is a key part of the Wednesday midfield and deserved his nomination to the PFA team of the Year for the Championship. His energy, enthusiasm and high quality have been a big part of the Owls’ success, capable of the odd screamer, if he,Lee and Forestieri click like they have for the majority of the season, we’ve got a huge chance of extending our season.

Peter Whittingham has long been a part of the Cardiff midfield and has been a quality player at this level for a long time too. If the Owls can keep him quiet, their chances for success increase.

 

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Cardiff WIN DRAW Bannan 1st Goal Correct Score 2-1
BEST ODDS 21/20 16/5 13/5 18/1 17/2
BOOKIES Bookies Badge Bet365 BetVictor-logo BetVictor-logo Bookies Badge StanJames BetVictor-logo


HERE COMES D-JUDGE

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt over the years, it’s that teams can throw it away. This fixture is a good example, on the final day of the 2008/09 season Cardiff came to S6 knowing that all they needed to do was avoid defeat to make the play offs, mid-table Wednesday stunned them with a 1-0 victory and allowed Preston to make them at Cardiff’s expense.

The bottom line is if we play to avoid defeat, we’ll get defeated.

We need to discover the brand of football that’s brought us so many victories this season. Intense and Intelligent football has served us well, let’s turn it on, do the business and go to Wolves in a relaxed frame of mind.

Cardiff have to lay it all on the line here and despite the talk, the pressure is on them more than it is us, they have to win, let’s take what they can throw at us and give it them back and secure our place at the end of season party.

VERDICT: Nervous? Shattered nerves will be in place but we’ll do it – 2-1.

Danny
Owls Alive
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