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Can We Make It Three In A Row?

Wednesday face Neil Warnock this weekend as we look to head further towards the summit of the Championship and extend our current unbeaten run. Obviously we know what the Cardiff City manager will say ahead of the game, we know he’ll have them revved up more so than normal but we have a job to do… Maybe it’s a decent rehearsal for the Derby game next week??

Wednesday could move up above our neighbours with a third victory on the spin this weekend, should results go our way ahead of the derby, of course that would be lovely but let's concentrate on Cardiff first.

Cardiff after putting the pedal down from the off and winning five league games on the spin, the brakes have come on a bit, drawing at Fulham then losing to Preston last time out. But the Bluebirds still sit in second place in the table, it promises to be an intriguing encounter.

Wednesday….

We go into what is Carlos Carvalhal’s 100th League game as Wednesday head coach buoyant after recent exploits at home looking to make it three wins on the spin for the first time since last season. In fact, when we went on our six game winning streak which sealed our playoff berth at the back end of last season, the third victims were Cardiff City (at home).

Our treatment table is as busy as ever, with former Bluebird’s skipper Glenn Loovens, Sam Hutchinson, Fernando Forestieri, Almen Abdi, and now George Boyd added to the list, but such is the depth of the Wednesday squad these days.. No one is worried about it!!!

There are a couple of players carrying niggles, Steven Fletcher and Barry Bannan, but Ross Wallace told the assembled press on Thursday he was fine and Kieran Lee continues his comeback from his lengthy layoff, so whether he’ll be included or rested ahead of next week’s Sheffield derby remains to be seen.
But hey, we’ll just call on Jacob Butterfield, Jordan Rhodes or someone like that if needs be!!!

Cardiff….

Here we go again, the man who’s almost become a parody of himself is building up the game. Mr Warnock admitting it’s a ‘special one’ to the press on Friday morning… Really Neil? That’s a surprise eh. Anyway, enough of that.

Warnock will be looking to reverse a heavy defeat to Preston in midweek where he admitted some of his players looked a little leggy against the Lilywhites after an impressive start to the season which saw them topping the Championship a week or so ago. It seems like there will be a raft of changes from the side which lost 3-0, the manager said Lee Camp COULD feature for them with Kadeem Harris and Rhys Healey the ones who will definitely miss out through injury.

Some stats V Cardiff City….

Unfortunately the stats go with the home side this weekend in recent meetings, it’s been quite a while since Wednesday went into the Welsh capital and brought home the spoils. You have to go back to the 2006/07 season since we did… But in the last two seasons there were terrific draws from the jaws of defeat, the one in 15/16 being particularly memorable as the Owls came from 2-0 down with 20 minutes to go to pinch a point.

If either side is to win on Saturday, they’ll go into the lead in the head to head stats, both sides have won 26 games and 15 have ended in a draw.

And just for our site member, Sam, there’s not been a 0-0 draw in games between the sides in Cardiff since …. The 4th of March 1981.

Gary Hooper will be looking to score for the fourth game in a row for the first time since February 2008…

Last time out in Cardiff for SWFC….





Final Thoughts…

As I alluded to at the top of this preview, I really do think it could be the perfect rehearsal for the derby next week. With their manager a proper ‘Blaaaaaaaade’ and their up and at ‘em style. Although we have a poor record historically against Warnock’s sides on their own patch, records are to be broken. Cardiff have impressed many so far this season, but we have impressed in recent weeks too.

It promises to be a good game and to be honest I expect it to end similarly to what it did last season, in a draw.

Prediction….

Cardiff 1 Wednesday 1

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