PREVIEW: SWFC vs Cardiff City

The day after the supposed resurrection of Christ, the Owls host Cardiff City as they try and resurrect their ever-fading hopes of survival.

The Bluebirds have seen something of a resurgence under Mick McCarthy, with a run of results which has seen them rise to 8th in the table.

Whilst a disappointing 1-0 loss against Nottingham Forest served a slight blow to their play-off ambitions, Cardiff are certainly not out of the top six picture: and will serve as a huge test for Wednesday. 


City are fairly high scorers, with 55 for the campaign – 16 of which have been scored by talisman Kieffer Moore, a man Wednesday will certainly need to watch out for.

Sheyi Ojo, Joost van Aken and Kieffer Moore battling for the ball in the reverse fixture. Image:examinerlive.co.uk

Harry Wilson was deemed by many as a real ‘coup’ of a signing, and he hasn’t disappointed: registering 4 goals and 9 assists this season. 

At the back, the Bluebirds have an impressive 14 clean sheets this season, conceding on average only a goal a game. 

We all know the style to expect from a Mick McCarthy, yet his ever-pragmatic approach has reaped serious reward for the south-Wales club: making this yet another tough game for the Owls.

Wednesday were unlucky to come away with nothing against Watford on Good Friday, the Owls matched them for the full 90 minutes and controlled the game for significant periods. 


Once again, however, it was our complete void of attacking ideas that cost us – something that looks like it will require a summer clear-out to fix. 

The defence was once again impressive, as were the midfield (Barry Bannan shone from minute one and proved to any doubters the quality he possesses).

The experiment of Paterson at a right midfield/wing-back role was, well, interesting. I would look to change him for another ex-Bluebird in Kadeem Harris – who seems to have fallen slightly out of favour with Darren Moore. 

Adam Reach was, once again, deployed on the left of the midfield. Again, and it pains me to say this as I really like Adam, he failed to put in any sort of performance that could warrant praise. Unfortunately, down simply to lack of numbers, Wednesday haven’t got anyone to replace him with. 

I like the partnership of Windass and Rhodes up top, and feel they are our best combination as Wednesday attempt to finally try and turn the season around.

My Starting XI – Wildsmith; Urhoghide, Lees, Borner; Harris, Pelupessy, Bannan, Hutchinson, Reach; Windass, Rhodes

Score Prediction – 2-0 Owls. Why not? It is the time of miracles after all!

Ahead of the game I spoke to @cardiffcitymad about all things Bluebirds…

Which players do Wednesday need to keep their eyes on?

For the first time in a decade we have a goalscoring striker. So Kieffer Moore up front is our main threat but he is supported by our centre backs who like to get forward for set pieces so look our for Aden Flint, Curtis Nelson and, if fit, Sean Morrison who will cause problems for you in your penalty area.

If you could bring one Wednesday player to Cardiff City FC, who would it be and why?

Barry Bannan has always been a player that appears to offer consistency in midfield. It was the first name I thought when I read the question but on looking at his record I’m surprised how few goals he’s scored.

How would you describe Mick McCarthy’s tenure at the club?

Season changing. When Neil Harris was sacked, Cardiff were under threat of being dragged into a relegation battle. Five weeks later Mick had gone 11 games unbeaten with six wins in a row and we were a play off contender. We have slowed down a little but play offs are still a possibility.

Where do you think you’ll finish this season?

I think we will finish in the top 10 but will probably fall short of a play off place.

Who’s been your ‘signing of the season’?

With 16 league goals in 33 starts it has to be Kieffer Moore.

Finally, what’s your score prediction?

Sheff Weds 1 – 2 Cardiff

Many thanks to ‘CardiffCityMad’ for taking the time to answer the questions and good luck for the rest of the season (just not today!)

UTO!

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