PREVIEW: Cardiff City -v- Wednesday

PREVIEW: Cardiff City -v- Wednesday

The league campaign continues apace for Wednesday after the international break.

After a terrific win in the televised Sunday game at Huddersfield Town, Wednesday travel to South Wales to face Cardiff City, who have appointed a new manager after a poor start.

The Owls are on the cusp of the top six after recent results.

Can Wednesday break into the play-off spots with a win here?

 

 

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Huddersfield (A) W 1-0 25 5 7 0 12 59%
CARDIFF Bristol City (H) W 2-1 12 4 3 4 10 40%

 

Fernando celebrates

Fernando celebrates

Wednesday put in their best performance of the season at Huddersfield, playing some attractive football while nullifying the threat of David Wagner’s well-drilled Terriers.

David Jones and Fernando Forestieri both hit the woodwork before the latter coolly converted a penalty to ensure victory.

Neil Warnock’s first game as Cardiff manager was a fraught derby win against Bristol City.

The Bluebirds seized the initiative and went two goals to the good through Peter Whittingham and Sol Bamba.

Lee Tomlin reduced the arrears on 69′ but Bristol City could not force an equaliser despite having all the running in the last twenty minutes.

 

 

LAST 5 Huddersfield (A) Brighton (H) Blackburn (A) Forest (H) Birmingham (A)
WEDNESDAY W 1-0 L 1-2 W 1-0 W 2-1 L 1-2
Bristol C (H) Burton (A) Derby (H) Rotherham (A) Leeds (H)
CARDIFF W 2-1 L 0-2 L 0-2 W 2-1 L 0-2

 

 

Wednesday have been in steady form of late; losing away to Birmingham is the only real blot on their last-five copy book.

Carlos Carvalhal has often been criticised across his tenure for playing too expansively away from home; this was answered emphatically at the John Smith’s Stadium. However, his side will face a different type of opposition on Wednesday night.

Wednesday have won consecutive away games

Wednesday have won consecutive away games

Cardiff have been poor since the end of August, with six defeats in seven ultimately costing Paul Trollope his job. I do hope the local papers went with ‘WHAT A LOAD OF TROLLOPE’ on the morning of his sacking.

Colin has come in and absolutely Done A Colin, signing former players and getting instant results in a tough-looking fixture.

Carlos Carvalhal today chose to focus on his team ahead of commenting on Neil Warnock’s relationship with Wednesday saying, “He is a very interesting person. I look forward to talking to him again tomorrow.”

David Jones was equally disinterested in Warnock. You can read more of Angela’s excellent press pass piece by clicking here.

Claims about Warnock charging his former players a sub fee in order to play have been dismissed by the Bramall Lane favourite.

 

 

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS CARDIFF WINS DRAWS
  25 26 14

 

LAST MEETING

 

30 April 2016, Hillsborough Stadium, Att: 31, 843

Wednesday 3-0 Cardiff City

(G. Hooper 64′, 75′ and 90+4′)

Wednesday confirmed a play-off spot in comfortable fashion against a Cardiff side who looked beaten the moment they took to the pitch.

Loovens, Pudil and Hooper (post) all came close in the first half but it was a second half hat-trick from Hooper that sealed the deal.

His first was a rebound into the roof of the net from an initial Pudil effort; the second a cross-shot that beat David Marshall after he’d first tackled the goalie on the dead-ball line; his final effort chipped Marshall again after a flick-on from Nuhiu.

 

 

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

 

Expect Carvalhal to continue his full-back rotation policy, a policy which only applies to right side until Urby Emanuelson is fit enough to feature.

Barry Bannan could sit this one out – David Jones had an excellent game shielding the back four at Huddersfield and Kieran Lee has been terrific all season.

Ross Wallace would give Wednesday better width than his compatriot. Another Scot – Steven Fletcher – could return after missing at the weekend due to personal reasons.

WestwoodPreview

WESTWOOD

HUNT

HUNT

LEES

HUTCHINSON

HUTCHINSON

PUDIL

PUDIL

WALLACE

WALLACE

LEE

LEE

JONES

JONES

REACH

REACH

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

FLETCHER

FLETCHER

 

 

KEY PLAYERS

 

Fernando Forestieri looked like his old self at Huddersfield, finding pockets of space all over the pitch and moving the ball with some masterful touches.

His penalty sealed the deal but, had it gone in, his effort that brushed the post would have been a goal of the season contender given his exquisite first touch.

Wednesday need him at his best if they are to take anything away from Cardiff.

Will both feature from the start?

Will both feature from the start?

Peter Whittingham still plays for Cardiff and still scores goals for Cardiff.

Wednesday cannot afford to concede set pieces around the box with the reckless abandon that has characterised our defensive displays at certain points this season.

The midfielder, now in his twelfth season with the club, has a scoring record of better than one in five.

 

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

 

BET Wednesday WIN Cardiff WIN DRAW Reach FGS 1-1 Full-Time
BEST ODDS 8/5 21/10 23/10 16/1 11/2
BOOKIES Betway Bookies Badge Bet365 Bookies Badge Bet365 888 SPORT logo bookies Bookies Badge Hills

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HUGH’S VERDICT:

 

I wish I didn’t have to take the Warnock factor into account here.

Cardiff had a dire start under Trollope but will absolutely have the bit between their teeth here, despite the comments from Jones and Carvalhal earlier today.

Wednesday were excellent against Huddersfield (and Blackburn) but have been largely inconsistent on their travels this year.

The ‘new’ slightly more compact shape away from home has seen Wednesday collect consecutive clean sheets on the road.

Wednesday have failed to score in just five competitive games in 2016. Keeping a clean sheet will multiply the chances of victory against a side who have already conceded twenty league goals.

With only two home games between now and December, Wednesday have to continue to pick up points in a tricky run of away fixtures in order to stay in touch with top six.

VERDICT: 0-1

Wednesday to pick up a win in a Warnock home game for the first time since 1991 (and we know what happened that ye-)

Hugh
Owls Alive
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