Cardiff v AFC Bournemouth

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Cardiff City and Arsenal will both honour missing striker Emiliano Sala at the Emirates tonight as the Bluebirds return to action for the first time since his disappearance.

Both team captains will lay a floral tribute on the pitch ahead of the match, but black armbands will not be worn at the request of the family.

Some teams wore the armbands on Saturday before the FA was informed the family did not want this as Sala has not been confirmed dead. You can read that story here.

Chief executive Ken Choo has revealed their plan to remember the Argentine, with further tributes planned for the home match against Bournemouth next Saturday. Staff and fans will wear yellow daffodils at the Arsenal match.

Choo said earlier this week: "At this point in time we haven't finalised everything, but we will be wearing yellow daffodils on behalf of the club (against Arsenal)," Choo said.

"It is a yellow flower, the flower of Wales and has significance to Nantes. We feel for FC Nantes, their fans and players. They definitely know Emiliano better than we do and it is tougher for them, at this point in time."

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport...s/emiliano-sala-arsenal-cardiff-city-15735196


City’s match against Arsenal is our first game since forward Emiliano Salaand pilot David Ibbotson sadly went missing while travelling to Cardiff. As a sign of respect, a floral tribute of daffodils and tulips will be laid at pitchside by the captains of both teams. Supporters of Arsenal and Cardiff City will be invited to share a moment of silent reflection before kick-off.

The travelling Bluebirds will be given a Yellow Daffodil flower pin badge to show their solidarity and support at this difficult time.

https://www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk/new...iew-for-arsenal-vs-cardiff-city-on-29-jan-19/
 
#8
Can We Get A Hat-Trick Of Wins?

After that ten day break after our home win against West Ham, now we will have had two games in the space of three days. First that 4-0 second half thrashing of a strong Chelsea side at Dean Court on Wednesday night. With two home wins and clean sheets on the trot at Dean Court against the two London clubs, the Cherries need to maintain this form and get back to winning ways away from home. Cardiff City (the Bluebirds) is our next game. This will be Cardiff’s first home game since the news of the disappearance of the plane carrying their new player and the pilot which has been well documented. It will be an emotional event with a late afternoon start.

This will be the Cherries first visit to the Cardiff City Stadium since our promotion season from the Championship. The stadium was built on the old Cardiff Athletic Stadium, (thinks, maybe, just maybe, Kings Park one day). Their stadium is just over a mile away from their old ground Ninian Park.

The name “Bluebirds” originated from a 1909 children’s play by Belgian Maurice Maeterlinck, brought to New Theatre, Cardiff in October 1911. So enthused by it by one Cardiff City supporter that when the club changed from their chocolate and amber strip to blue, the club coined the nickname ”The Bluebirds”.

Following Cardiff’s 2-0 defeat at Dean Court, they kept clean sheets in the following two games of August. In the opening home game of their return to the Premier League they drew 0-0 with Newcastle United, following this with the same result up in Huddersfield.

September was to prove to be a bad month for the Bluebirds, losing all four matches. Three of the fixtures were against top six sides. Two from London to start with, losing at home against Arsenal 2-3 and then away to Chelsea 4-1. Then it was back home to face last season title winners Manchester City, Cardiff were thrashed 0-5. Last game of the month was home as well against Burnley, it finished 1-2.

October’s three games included another two top six sides. First Cardiff travelled to Wembley Stadium to face Spurs, they lost by the only goal of the game. The next game at home brought smiles at last to the Cardiff City fans as they gained their first win of the season so far, beating Fulham 4-2. The jubilation was short lived as their next game was away against Liverpool, it ended with a 4-1 win for the Merseysiders.

November had Cardiff playing at home three times out of the four games played. They started the month at home against Leicester City, losing by 0-1. The next home game was a 2-1 win against Brighton. It was another trip for Cardiff up to Merseyside, this time to face Everton, the home side were the winners with the only goal of the game. The last game of the month was at home and another win for Cardiff, beating Wolves 2-1.

December had a busy six game schedule for the Welsh club, first visiting the London Stadium where they were beaten 3-1 by West Ham. Back home and another win for Cardiff beating Southampton 2-1. Next was a trip to play Watford, the home side taking all three points in a 3-2 win. Back home again and the visitors were Manchester United, they repeated what their neighbours City did by putting 5 goals in the Cardiff net, only this time Cardiff scored to make it 1-5. The next two games were away, first a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace, then the last game of the month and year followed by Cardiff City’s first away win of the season 0-1.

First game of 2019 was at home to Spurs, the London club taking all three points in a 0-3 win. The second game of the new year was again at home, it ended in a 0-0 draw with Huddersfield Town. The next game was away against Newcastle United, it ended with a 3-0 home win. Cardiff’s most recent game was on Tuesday night away to Arsenal, they lost by 2-1. Cardiff had 19 shots on goal, but only 2 were on target. Arsenal had 15 shots of which 4 were on target. Neil Warnock described his teams performance as the best so far this season.

Our only game so far against Cardiff City in the Premier League was the first game of the season at Dean Court, it finished with a Cherries 2-0 win.
The last time we played Cardiff City on their ground was in the Championship and the game finished in a 1-1 draw. In all league games away to Cardiff City, the Cherries have W 2, D 6, L 8. In all competitions, the Cherries have W 18, D 11, L 13.

Six Game Form Guide in the Premier League – Starting with latest game first:

Cardiff C LLDLWD AFCB WWLDLL –

Home Form Table
Cardiff C – 15th P12 W4 D2 L6 GF13 GA23 Pts14

Away Form Table
AFCB – 16th P11 W3 D0 L8 GF12 GA25 Pts9

Cardiff City Team News
Sean Morrison has been out after having an appendicitis operation. Otherwise they have a full squad to pick from apart from Harry Arter who is on loan from AFCB and unable to play against his own club. Oumar Niasse has been signed on loan from Everton.

Cardiff City Player To Watch
Oumar Niasse on loan from Everton had a good game against Arsenal. Aron Gunnarsson, Joe Bennett and Callum Patterson also ones to watch.

AFCB Team News
Callum Wilson out after having a minor operation on his knee. Jefferson Lerma ankle injury. David Brooks went off with a knock in the second half against Chelsea.

AFCB Player To Watch
After watching Chelsea, it’s not about one player but the team. Can Josh King continue where he let off at Dean Court with his brace against Chelsea, this time on away soil. Maybe Solanke will get his debut if Brooks isn’t fit.
 
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They said on Sky, last night, that they thought Fraser had tweaked a hamstring too, so there may be 2 or 3 changes, I think.

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That was a strange one. He went for the ball and pulled up a bit and we all thought hamstring, but he was holding his backside more rather than the back of the thigh. He then carried on playing without treatment or any apparent recurring problem. I know he was subbed but not till the 92nd minute, if there was a doubt he could have come off after the third went in at 74 mins.
Hopefully not a real problem.
 
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Tactically Cardiff are the polar opposite of Chelsea. Instead of a slow build up try to play through the centre, they’ll use the space out wide and launch high balls in the box.

With Brooks and Fraser doubts, I can see us playing 3-5-2. That’ll give us a bit more width defensively, and an extra CB to deal with the aerial bombardment.
 
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That was a strange one. He went for the ball and pulled up a bit and we all thought hamstring, but he was holding his backside more rather than the back of the thigh. He then carried on playing without treatment or any apparent recurring problem. I know he was subbed but not till the 92nd minute, if there was a doubt he could have come off after the third went in at 74 mins.
Hopefully not a real problem.
My guess is it was just cramp. They mentioned on the radio that with the amount of sprinting he does, Weeman is prone to spells of cramp as the game goes on.
If he wasn't limping badly at the end of the game I would expect him to be okay after a bit of well deserved rest. He's a tough little character, probably grew up on a diet of granite ;).
 
#15
From COWS - Eddie

There is no mention of Ryan Fraser.

Callum Wilson just had a minor knee operation to clean out the knee. We don't think he'll be out long, maybe three to four weeks. As for David Brooks, I need to speak to him and the physios to find the extent of his injury.

Jefferson Lerma has got an ankle injury. We've done the relevant scans and we don't think it's anything too serious but he's got pain in his ankle so that was the concern for us.
 
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A definite must-win game ... for them. I will be very interested to see the starting XI and how the two managers set up. They really need the three points, and with home support, I suspect they will come out strong. It will be an extremely intriguing watch. Everton-Wolves and Watford away to Brighton ..... table could look quite special come Saturday night.
 
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A definite must-win game ... for them. I will be very interested to see the starting XI and how the two managers set up. They really need the three points, and with home support, I suspect they will come out strong. It will be an extremely intriguing watch. Everton-Wolves and Watford away to Brighton ..... table could look quite special come Saturday night.
I think I would prefer Cardiff to see this as a must-win game and come out at us if I'm honest. Then we can tear them apart with our fast counter attacks. Our defence is looking solid enough at the moment, so bring it on I say !

I'd be more worried if they set out to sneak a point from the game and just sit back and let us have all of the ball. It's in those situations that we've struggled to break teams down in recent times. We get to the edge of their packed penalty area and then run out of ideas.

So I think we will have the easier time of it if they decide to come out and have a go at us. I can't see that ending well for them :wagging:

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