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Match Preview: Cardiff City

Posted: Fri 28 Sep 2012
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Seasiders Face Bluebirds

Blackpool are back on their travels again tomorrow after back-to-back games at Bloomfield Road against Middlesbrough and Huddersfield Town.

The Seasiders will take a near full strength squad to the Welsh capital, with Craig Cathcart (calf) the only notable absentee, as they look to get back to winning ways.

As for the hosts, the Bluebirds have won three out of their last four league games, scoring nine goals in the process, but losing last time out at Crystal Palace.

They are yet to drop a point at home, whereas Blackpool’s only away win came in the side’s opening day victory at Millwall.

Head-To-Head

Blackpool have faced Cardiff City on 67 occasions in competitive matches with the Seasiders coming out on top in 33, losing 14 and drawing 20.

Last League Meetings

4 February 2012 – Cardiff City 1-3 Blackpool

17 September 2011 – Blackpool 1-1 Cardiff City

Cardiff City

The Bluebirds have finished in the play-off places for the past three seasons without managing to get promotion to the Premier League.

The owners will be hoping that a change of shirt colour will bring them some better luck this season, after changing their home colours from blue to red.

So far this season Malky Mackay’s side have won four, drawn one and lost two with Peter Whittingham scoring five of their twelve league goals.

Stat Attack

Cardiff have only scored four goals in the first half of games this season with all of them coming in the opening 15 minutes.

After Peter Whittingham (five goals) there are seven players who have all found the net just once this season.

Thomas Ince is the only Blackpool player to score away from home this season. He netted twice at Millwall and once at Barnsley.

Both teams have played away at Millwall and won 2-0, as well as facing Leeds United at home and winning 2-1.

Referee

Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire)

Mr. Boyeson has refereed seven games so far this season handing out 14 yellow cards and no red cards.

The last game he officiated involving Blackpool was the Seasiders 2-1 defeat at Derby in March when Thomas Ince’s early goal was cancelled out by a Steve Davies double.