Preview: Cardiff City (H)

Blackpool welcome Cardiff City to Bloomfield Road on Saturday, in their first home match back in the Championship for six years.

A bumper crowd is expected for the match, with Blackpool looking to build on Wednesday's emphatic Carabao Cup victory over Middlesbrough, which saw the Seasiders progress into round two, as well as their opening day point gained at Bristol City.

Cardiff opened their 2021/22 season with a 1-1 home draw with Barnsley, before getting past League Two Sutton United in a 3-2 Carabao Cup win on Tuesday evening. 

The Manager: Mick McCarthy
62-year-old Mick McCarthy joined Cardiff in January 2021, replacing the sacked Neil Harris in the dugout at the Cardiff City Stadium.

A manager with almost 30 years worth of experience in the dugout, McCarthy counts Millwall, Sunderland and Ipswich Town on his list of former employers, as well as Cypriot side APOEL, whom he managed in 2020.

His most successful period as a manager arguably came at Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he enjoyed taking the side from mid-table in the Championship to an established Premier League outfit, where they defeated the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Before his managerial days, McCarthy was a successful player, representing the likes of Manchester City, Lyon and hometown Club Barnsley.

The Key Man: Ryan Giles
21-year-old Ryan Giles joined Cardiff on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers for the season in July. A midfielder by trade, Giles has spent the majority of his career out on loan so far, playing for the likes of AFC Telford, Shrewsbury Town and Coventry City.


Our Last Three Meetings:
25/04/15 - Cardiff City 3 Blackpool 2
03/10/14 - Blackpool 1 Cardiff City 0
19/01/13 - Blackpool 1 Cardiff City 2

Who Comes Out On Top?
The Seasiders have met Cardiff 71 times throughout their history, with Cardiff securing a 4-2 win in 1920. Blackpool come out on top with 34 wins compared to Cardiff's 17. There have been 20 draws, with the last coming in 2011.

Sponsors

The Club would like to thanks Match Sponsors, Visit Blackpool and Ball Sponsors, JSM Developments for their fantastic support.

Season Ticket Card Collection
Those who are yet to collect their season ticket card for the season are advised to arrive early to pick them up from the ticket office, which is open from 10am on Saturday morning. 

Admission:
Tickets for the match, which has been listed as a category A game, will remain on sale at the Club's ticket office up until kick-off at 3pm. Please be advised, prices on matchday are slightly increased.

Ticket prices and details can be found here.

Supporters are advised to arrive early and take the seat ahead of kick-off.

Those who aren't attending can purchase an audio match pass to listen to Saturday's action. Overseas supporters can also purchase a match pass to watch the game.

For more information on Tangerine TV, please visit here.

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