Cardiff City v Bristol City (Fri)

13 Oct

Marouane Chamakh


Marouane Chamakh joined Cardiff City on a free after his release from Crystal Palace in the summer

BBC coverage

How to follow:
BBC local radio; text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Newly-appointed Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock could give debuts to his four new signings in the Severnside derby against Bristol City.

Marouane Chamakh, Kieran Richardson, Sol Bamba, Junior Hoilett will all be assessed before the game on Friday.

Bristol City right-back Mark Little may return following a hamstring problem.

Forward Lee Tomlin is available after a one-match ban, while striker Tammy Abraham is expected to start after his brace for the England Under-21 side.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:

“There is no better pantomine baddie is there, than Neil Warnock, and I say that lovingly. Do I want to get involved in that? No, I want to be fully focused on my team.

“There’s some serious history between the two clubs and that’s the fun bit I suppose – only if you win.

“Cardiff are always a tough side, normally technically decent, and this game will be no different.

“It’s got the potential to be a really good game and we want to make sure it’s not a damp squib.”

Match facts

  • Cardiff have won five and drawn two of their last seven home league encounters with rivals Bristol City.
  • The Robins have conceded two or more goals in five of their last six league games against Cardiff, keeping a clean sheet in the other fixture.
  • Cardiff have seen just three of their players score a league goal for them this campaign; the fewest spread in the Championship.
  • Bristol City have come from behind to win a league-high 11 points so far this season.
  • The Bluebirds have lost six of their last seven matches in league competition, winning the other.
  • Tammy Abraham has been directly involved in more goals than any other Championship player this season (10 – 8 goals, 2 assists).

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