CARDIFF CITY v WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 14th December 2013,
Cardiff City Stadium
The game will be the 53rd league & cup meeting
between the Baggies and Cardiff City. Albion currently lead the way in the victory
stakes with 22 compared to the Bluebirds' 16.
The match will be the first time the two clubs have
met in the Premier League and the first top-flight meeting since March 1962.
The Baggies' last game on this date took place in
2009 when they played out a 2-2 draw with Queens Park Rangers at The Hawthorns.
The club's last win on December 14 came in 1963 with a 2-0 win at Leicester
Cardiff's last game on this date came in 2002 when
they suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Bristol City.
Albion's last defeat at Cardiff came on Boxing Day
1960. Since then the Baggies have gone seven games unbeaten on Cardiff soil.
Albion's last six games: Norwich
City (H) 0-2; Manchester City (H) 2-3; Newcastle United (A) 1-2; Aston Villa (H)
2-2; Chelsea (A) 2-2; Crystal Palace (H) 2-0
City's last six games: Crystal Palace (A) 0-2;
Stoke City (A) 0-2; Arsenal (H) 0-3; Manchester United (H) 2-2; Aston Villa (A)
0-2; Swansea City (H) 1-0
Nicolas Anelka and Scott Sinclair could both return against
the Bluebirds but fellow forward Victor Anichebe is a doubt through illness.
Defender Jonas Olsson returns following his one match
suspension but goalkeeper Ben Foster remains out.
Myhill, Daniels, Jones,
Ridgewell, Olsson, McAuley, Lugano, Brunt, Sessegnon, Amalfitano, Mulumbu,
Berahino, Yacob, Anichebe, Vydra, Long, Anelka, Morrison, Popov, Dawson, Reid,
Sinclair, Gera, Rosenberg.
Cardiff could welcome back
Andrew Taylor after the defender missed the Bluebirds' last two games due to a
Experienced striker Craig Bellamy, who has also missed
Cardiff’s last two matches, is a
doubt due to a knee problem.
Marshall, Connolly, Taylor,
Caulker, Hudson, Turner, Whittingham, Medel, Cornelius, Campbell, Odemwingie,
Brayford, Kim, Smith, Noone, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Cowie, Maynard, Theophile-Catherine,
Lewis, Bellamy, John.
Baggies' boss Steve Clarke:
“We had a bad week and we have to prove that was just what it
was. The last time we had three games in a row where we didn’t do very well was
right at the start of the season and then we went on a fantastic run - and
that’s what we have to do again.
“This week’s game can’t come quick enough. The boys have been
chomping at the bit and are ready for the game. It’s been a difficult week but
they understand things can change very quickly in football. You have to win
games. It’s an industry that says you have to win. Three defeats in a row,
whether it comes over a three-week period or in a week, is still three defeats.
All we focus on this week is making sure we get back to winning ways.
“If you said we’re going to go to
Cardiff and play terrible and
win I’d be delighted. It’s a week to get results. Even before the Norwich game
it was a game to win and normally, since I’ve been here and it’s been a game
like that, the team has always won. I would say that’s the first time we’ve gone
into a game like that and we haven’t won. So it was a little bit of a strange
feeling for us. We went into the game expecting to win and we didn’t. We look to
rectify that this weekend.
“I know Malkay through association. He’s a good man, with
good tactical nous, and has a good team there. They’ve had some great results at
home and some really good performances. And we expect a tough afternoon, as I’m
sure they do. Absolutely, they could survive; all the teams have shown that. A
few weeks ago people had written Palace off but they’re coming back and, I
think, by and large, all the teams have shown they can compete.”
City boss Malky MacKay:
"There was a lot of press around Peter at the time and he
took a lot of pressure over it. But I can only speak about the lad I know and (I
have) talked to people who had managed and coached him before we completed the
signing. They were all glowing about Peter. If they hadn't talked about him in
those terms it might have been a cause for concern, but he's an intelligent man
who speaks four or five different languages, has been smiling since he came
here, is really talented and desperately wants to do well here. He is a joy to
work with and a really good signing for us. If he hadn't been the right sort of
character we would not have signed him.
"We were all disappointed with last weekend's result. But we
quickly put it behind us and looked ahead to Saturday.
West Brom have done well under
Steve Clarke and have players that can hurt you. It's a test we're looking
"Every game is one we want to win. The festive period brings
a lot of games but we'll treat all of them in the same way. We're used to
frenetic periods of games - hopefully that's something that bodes well for us
over the festive period."
Albion Win: 9/5, Cardiff City Win: 13/8, Draw:
Long 13/2, Anelka 7/1, Anichebe 7/1, Sessegnon 15/2, Berahino 8/1, Vydra
9/1, Rosenberg 11/1, Gera 14/1, Morrison 14/1, Sinclair 14/1, Brunt 16/1,
Amalfitano 16/1, Mulumbu 20/1, McAuley 25/1, Dawson 33/1, Jones 33/1, Yacob
Cardiff City: Campbell 6/1, Odemwingie 13/2,
Cornelius 7/1, Whittingham 9/1, Bellamy 10/1, Mutch 14/1, Gunnarsson 16/1, Noone
16/1, Bo-Kyung 16/1, Cowie 20/1, Medel 25/1, Caulker 33/1, Theophile-Catherine
33/1, Connolly 33/1.
Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)
Webb has taken charge of one Albion game so far
this season - the goalless draw at Stoke City in October. He took charge of two
Albion games during 2012/13 -
the 2-1 defeat at home to Arsenal in April and the 4-0 defeat at Norwich City in
The South Yorkshire official has refereed one
Cardiff game so far this season - the 2-0 defeat at West Ham United on the
opening day of the season.
He has handed out 54 yellow cards but no reds in
his 18 games so far this season.
Tickets for travelling supporters are now sold out.
Light cloud, 11°C.
Albion have met Cardiff City 52 times
previously in competitive football. The Baggies
currently have 22 wins compared to City's 16.
The first meeting of the two clubs came in
a First Division game at The Hawthorns on October 22, 1921, the match finishing
2-2, Howard Gregory and Andrew Smith scoring the
Albion's biggest win against the Bluebirds
came in November 1953 when they beat the Welsh side 6-1 at The Hawthorns, Ronnie
Allen hit four of the hosts' goals. Albion recorded three big wins at City's
former ground Ninian Park - a 6-3 victory in 1930 was followed in April 1948 by
a 5-0 success. More recently, in July 1998,
Albion travelled to Wales for a pre-season friendly and came
home with another 5-0 victory, Italian trialists Marco Nappi and Mario
Bortolazzi amongst the goals.
Cardiff's biggest win against Albion is
4-2, achieved twice, both times at The Hawthorns. The first came in 1923 in a
league game at The Hawthorns when Len Davies scored all four City goals. In
September 2007 Cardiff repeated the scoreline in a League Cup 3rd round tie.
The two clubs also met five times in wartime football,
Albion winning twice, one of them a 6-3 victory in a Football League South game
in August 1941.
Albion have lost just one of the last fifteen league meetings between the clubs.
The last meeting of the clubs came in a FA Cup 3rd round tie
at The Hawthorns in January 2012.
Albion ran out 4-2 winners with Simon Cox hitting a hat-trick.
(Click on game to view)
Saturday 7 January 2012 - Albion 4-2 Cardiff City - FA Cup 3rd Round - The Hawthorns
LAST LEAGUE MEETING AT CARDIFF
City 1-1 Albion
Tuesday 16th February 2010,
Marshall; McNaughton, Gyepes,
Gerrard, Kennedy; Burke, Rae, Wildig (Blake 70), Whittingham (McCormack 27);
Chopra, Bothroyd. Subs not used: Enckelman (gk), Quinn, Taiwo, Feeney,
Whittingham 8 (pen)
Tamas, Olsson, Mattock; Slory (Wood 64), Koren (Cox 83), Dorrans, Brunt, Nouble;
Moore. Subs not used: Kiely (gk), Bednar, Brown, Mantom, Labadie.
Tamas 33 (foul),
Dorrans 53 (unsporting behaviour), Koren 55 (handball), Mattock 78 (foul)
Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire)
Gianni Zuiverloon's second goal in three games fired depleted
Albion back to the top of
the table on goal difference. The Baggies had to contend with a manpower crisis
on their first-ever trip to the Cardiff City Stadium and fell behind to an
eighth-minute Peter Whittingham penalty. But Roberto Di Matteo's men regrouped
admirably and deservedly levelled on the stroke of half-time when Zuiverloon
bundled home his fourth of the season. The visitors will feel somewhat aggrieved
they did not seal a fifth successive league win in South Wales, with Andy Slory
hitting the post in the first half and sub Chris Wood spurning a gilt-edged
chance with 20 minutes to go. But a ninth successive game without defeat -
making it 13 unbeaten on the road - in such testing circumstances underlined the
never-say-die character of this Baggies side.
Albion started the day three
positions and 11 points better off than fifth-placed Cardiff, who have a game in
hand on the Baggies. Di Matteo made four changes as he attempted to cope with
the loss of nine players through injury and suspension.
Roman Bednar became the latest casualty, being relegated to
the bench with a back injury. Slory (Achilles), Gabriel Tamas, Frank Nouble and
Luke Moore came in, with the benched Simon Cox, Gonzalo Jara (foot) and
Abdoulaye Meite (ankle) also making way. Academy players Sam Mantom and Kayleden
Brown, plus 19-year-old rookie midfielder Joss Labadie, were among the subs.
Cardiff were unchanged
from their FA Cup exit at
The hosts were the first to threaten but Gavin Rae failed to
trouble Scott Carson with a scuffed 20-yard effort from Chris Burke's square
ball. But Moore went much closer in the fourth minute, flashing a 15-yard
shot on the turn inches wide of the beaten David Marshall's far post from Graham
Dorrans' pinpoint ball over the top. However, after a lull in proceedings,
Cardiff snatched an eighth-minute lead after Jonas Olsson got caught the wrong
side of Jay Bothroyd, who advanced into the box before being pulled down by the
Swede. Whittingham made no mistake from the spot, powerfully driving his 19th
goal of the season past the helpless
Carson. Albion responded
immediately and after a surging run by Dorrans, only Anthony Gerrard's
interception denied Moore a tap-in from Nouble's left-wing centre. Brunt then
saw a tame 25-yard drive easily gathered by Marshall. Cardiff were happy to sit
back on their lead - which invited
was relieved to see Dorrans' 25-yard exocet from Joe Mattock's miscued centre
screw wide of his left-hand post. Albion kept pressing and were mightily unlucky
not to level on 24. A great move involving Dorrans and Moore set up Slory, who
saw his 12-yard drive bounce off the inside of the far post and straight to
Kevin McNaughton. Whittingham's evening went downhill after his breakthrough
from the spot and the former Villa midfielder limped off in the 27th minute,
being replaced by Ross McCormack. Cardiff finally made a foray into the Baggies
half a minute later and, from Bothroyd's lay-off, Burke well and truly stung
Carson's hands with a 20-yard piledriver which the
England international pushed
away. There was more Albion agony on 38 when Zuiverloon's long throw-in wreaked
havoc in the Bluebirds' box. Robert Koren reacted brilliantly to the bouncing
ball, only to see his acrobatic volley fly straight at Marshall. The Cardiff
keeper fumbled the shot but the ball again flew to a blue shirt. But
Albion kept plugging away and deservedly levelled four minutes into
first-half stoppage time. Dorrans picked out Zuiverloon's foraging run with a
sublime diagonal ball into the box and the right-back saw his goalwards stab
deflect off Marshall
and loop onto the far post before dropping over the line.
Albion picked up from where they left off after the interval
and Brunt saw a 15-yard snapshot fly into the side-netting after terrific
hold-up play by Nouble in the 49th minute.
Cardiff did not threaten again
until the 56th minute when Gabor Gyepes wastefully planted a free header from
McCormack's free-kick straight at
City were much-improved after the break and, moments later, Rae blasted an
ambitious 25-yard drive well wide. Back came Albion and Gerrard had to produce a
timely near-post clearance from Nouble's low centre to deny the lurking Koren
and Moore a certain goal after a terrific Baggies counter-attack. Di Matteo made
his first change on 64, replacing the tiring Slory with Wood. And the New
Zealand international should have put Albion ahead six minutes later. The
18-year-old used all of his brute strength to get on the end of Zuiverloon's
pinpoint centre, only to direct a free header wide from six yards. But Albion
had a huge let off five minutes from time when Olsson played Michael Chopra's
harmless pull-back straight to Burke inside the box. The former Rangers winger
beat Carson all ends up with a first-time shot from 15 yards - but the ball flew
wide of the far post. Incredibly, Albion went agonsingly close to winning it in
stoppage time when sub Cox almost forced Dorrans' terrific corner over the line
in a goalmouth melee.
Cardiff striker Peter Odemwingie spent a
successful three years at The Hawthorns but left in September 2013 after falling
out with the club's hierarchy.
Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for
both clubs are:
Kevin Bartlett, Gary Bell, Kevin Campbell, James Chambers, Stacy Coldicott, Stan Davies, Andy Dibble,
Rob Earnshaw,Elfed Evans, Wayne Fereday, Danny
Gabbidon, Mark Grew, Phil Griffiths, Derek Hogg, Wayne Hughes, Junichi
Inamoto, Godfrey Ingram, Jason Koumas, Ted Lane, Steve Lynex, Mick Martin,
Trevor Morris, Johnny Nicholls, Eli Postin, Darren Purse, Mel Rees, Walter Robbins,
Ricardo Scimeca, Ronnie Stockin, Kevin Summerfield, Bill Taylor, Andy Thompson,
Garry Thompson, Gavin Ward, Joe Willetts and George Wood.
Former Albion player Ronnie Rees later worked behind
the scenes at Ninian Park.
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS CARDIFF CITY
TEN MATCHES AGAINST CARDIFF CITY
Sat 07 Jan 2012
Odemwingie, Cox 3 - Earnshaw, Mason
Tue 16 Feb 2010
Zuiverloon - Whittingham (pen)
Tue 08 Dec 2009
Tue 01 Apr 2008
Sat 19 Jan 2008
Bednar, Albrechtsen, Johnson (og) - Parry 2, Ledley
Tue 25 Sep 2007
Miller 2 (1 pen) - Fowler 2 (1 pen), Hasselbaink, Sinclair
Tue 20 Feb 2007
Tue 08 Aug 2006
Gera - Scimeca
Sun 31 Jul 2005
Sat 14 Feb 2004
League Division 1
Clement, Hughes - Lee