Preview: Cardiff City v Bristol City

Cardiff City players celebrate a goal against Birmingham City. Image Credit: Cardiff City

by Jamil Salih

CARDIFF are looking to make it back-to-back home wins when they welcome Bristol City to Cardiff City Stadium in the Severnside derby on Sunday.

Neil Warnock wanted a reaction from his side following the 1-0 defeat to rivals Swansea and he certainly got one, as the Bluebirds fought back from a goal down, with a man sent off, to run out 4-2 winners over Birmingham City last weekend.

The Bluebirds’ impressive home record is their foundation and Neil Warnock will be hoping his team remain unbeaten at home in the Sky Bet Championship after the visit of the Robins.

“It’s always special for me. I always get a loud welcome from their fans. Two very good fans and clubs. It’s a rivalry I’m looking forward to.” said Warnock.

“We want the bragging rights. The lads have been really up for it this week. The atmosphere at the stadium is excellent. They are flying high and we are on TV as well.”

Bristol City are winless in their last nine away league games in Cardiff since running out 2-0 winners at Ninian Park in December 2002.

Lee Johnson’s Robins come into the clash off the back of two consecutive 2-2 draws against Wigan Athletic and Barnsley respectively.

Speaking pre-match, the Bristol head coach relished the upcoming clash and spoke about how a sold out away end can spur his side on in the Welsh capital.

“I’m very much looking forward to the game. It’s always a passionate game, the fans will be there in their numbers and that’s going to be key.

“Our record away from home has been decent so far this season and it’s going to need to be decent again because of the quality of the Cardiff players.”

A win for Neil Warnock’s men would put them on 24 points heading into the international break, one point behind Sunday’s visitors Bristol City, who currently sit in 6th place.

Lee Johnson’s side know a win could put them level on points with fellow promotion hopefuls Preston, Leeds and Swansea.

Kick-off is at 12pm on Sunday 10th November, the game is also live on Sky Sports Football.