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MATCH PREVIEW: CARDIFF CITY V WIGAN ATHLETIC

28 October 2016

Latics head to Cardiff looking to end winless run.

  • Latics travel to Cardiff City aiming to stop a four game winless sequence.
  • First meeting at Cardiff City Stadium since August 2014 clash in the Sky Bet Championship.
  • Cardiff unbeaten since Neil Warnock was appointed as manager earlier this month.
Sky Bet Championship
Cardiff City v Wigan Athletic
Saturday 29 October 2016, kick-off 3.00pm
Cardiff City Stadium


PREVIEW

Latics head to Cardiff City this weekend for the first time in two years, as they look to put an end to the recent four-match winless run which has seen them slip to 23rd place in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Assistant Manager Graham Barrow, Development Squad Manager Peter Atherton and First Team Coach Joe Parkinson will be in charge of Latics for Saturday's match following the departure of Gary Caldwell as manager on Tuesday of this week.

Opponents Cardiff are three games unbeaten since the arrival of Neil Warnock as manager following Paul Trollope's departure at the start of October.

Latics last victory came at the DW Stadium against Wolverhampton Wanderers, but are still yet to claim three points on the road, seeing them with just 11 in 23rd place.

The Bluebirds' revival after a poor start has seen them collect seven points from Warnock's first three matches in charge, lifting them into 20th place on 15 points.

TEAM NEWS

Latics were handed a double boost last weekend with the returns of West Ham United defenders Reece Burke and Kyle Knoyle to the match day squad, the latter continuing his recovery with 90 minutes in the Development Squad's 7-0 victory over Morecambe on Tuesday.



Donervon Daniels, Andy Kellett and Reece James continue to make good progress on their long term injuries stemming from the summer, with Alex Gilbey still sidelined.  Nick Powell departed half way through the first half in the 1-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion, with no new updates on his fitness ahead of the trip to Cardiff.

Max Power will be missing from the match day squad due to suspension after he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Brighton & Hove Albion last Saturday. Despite not being available for selection, Max will still be involved on the day when he joins the Latics PlayerHD team for live commentary at Cardiff City Stadium.

For the hosts, Rickie Lambert will miss out after a 'freak' injury to his leg against Nottingham Forest last weekend which saw a deep cut rule him out.

WARNOCK IMPACT

Paul Trollope departed the Cardiff City Stadium with just two victories before the appointment of experienced boss Neil Warnock at the start of the month, with Trollope's Bluebirds picking up wins against fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United.

Since the arrival of Warnock, who has managed the likes of Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers, Leeds United and Rotherham United, Cardiff are unbeaten, kicking off his tenure with a 2-1 victory over Bristol City at home thanks to goals from Peter Whittingham and recent addition Sol Bamba.



The Ivory Coast defender is one of four signings since Warnock's arrival, alongside Junior Hoilett, Marouane Chamakh and Kieran Richardson, all of which have now made their debuts for the club following the latter's substitute appearance at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

A 2-1 victory at the City Ground on Saturday backed up a battling 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday last week, with Whittingham on the scoresheet again to earn a point, before Aron Gunnarsson and Joe Ralls hit the target against Forest in a 2-1 win.

Seven points from a possible nine have seen the Bluebirds leapfrog a number of teams at the bottom of the table, including Latics, sitting 20th in the Championship on 15 points.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

There have been 24 league meetings between Latics and Cardiff dating back from 1982 to as recent as 2015 in the Championship, with Latics coming out on top nine times, drawing the same amount and losing just six, two of which have been in our previous two clashes.

First Meeting - 11 September 1982 - Cardiff 3 Latics 2

A run of three straight five goal thrillers ended in defeat after back-to-back victories over Brentford and Bradford City were met with a 3-2 away loss at Ninian Park.

Peter Houghton and John Rogers hit the target for the visitors, with John Lewis, Gary Bennett and Billy Woof taking the spoils for the Bluebirds.

First Win - 8 February 1986 - Latics 2 Cardiff 0

Goals from Warren Aspinall and David Lowe at Springfield Park kept Latics on track for a fourth place finish.

First Away Win - 27 August 1996 - Cardiff 0 Latics 2

Fourteen years went by before Latics claimed their first victory away to the Bluebirds, a game which saw Graeme Jones net his second of 31 goals in a record breaking season for goals in a single campaign.

Ian Kilford grabbed Latics' second at Ninian Park as Latics made it three games unbeaten at the start of the Division Three title winning season.

Last Meeting - 24 February 2015 - Latics 0 Cardiff 1

Aron Gunnarsson's goal was the standout moment in a tight encounter at the DW Stadium last February, as Latics suffered another narrow defeat in an ultimately disappointed Championship campaign.

There were Latics links aplenty on the day, with former Cardiff players Don Cowie and Andrew Taylor amongst Latics' substitutes, with future loanee appearing from the bench for the Bluebirds, whilst fellow loanee Conor McAleny was unused.

Last Away Meeting - 19 August 2014 - Cardiff 1 Latics 0

In our most recent visit to the Cardiff City Stadium it was a former loan striker who came back to haunt a Latics side then managed by Uwe Rosler in the first of two narrow defeats to the Welsh outfit that season.

Current Latics striker Adam Le Fondre featured for the hosts, with current Cardiff midfielder Emyr Huws featuring for Latics alongside former Bluebirds Cowie and Taylor.


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