Written by billythekid
Not sure if it was because of the international break, but our last home game was a very disappointing performance against QPR and not one shot on target from the Cherries in a drab 0-0 draw. AFCB now go into a very busy schedule with two games a week for the next three weeks. The first of those is a visit to Wales to play Cardiff City on Wednesday at 7.45 pm.
Cardiff City manager is Neil Harris, better known for his time as a player and manager at Millwall over the years. He joined the Bluebirds on the 16th November 2019. This was after Neil Warnock who was in his last season as Cardiff City manager, decided to leave the job early the day after their home defeat to visiting side Bristol City, Cardiff City were in 14th place after 16 games with 21 points. Harris led the Bluebirds to finish in 5th place with 71 points, in the playoff semi-finals they lost to Fulham who went on to win the final and gain promotion to the Premier League.
During the Summer Cardiff signed striker Kieffer Moore from Wigan Athletic for £2 million, Moore earlier in his career had a spell at Dorchester Town. Their other money signing was goalkeeper Dillon Phillips for an undisclosed fee from Charlton Athletic, he was also rumoured to be of interest to AFCB as well. They signed four players on loan, defender Jordi Osei-Tutu from Arsenal, defender Filip Benkovic from Leicester City and two midfield players from Liverpool, Harry Wilson who was on loan last season at AFCB and Sheyi Ojo.
This season so far Cardiff City have had their best results on their travels. They started the season with a 0-2 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday. Their next game was away against Nottingham Forest, the game finished with the same 0-2 result, only this time in Cardiff City’s favour. It was back on Welsh soil again and another home defeat, 1-2 against Reading. Then followed two away games, first a 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers and then their most recent game the 0-1 win against Preston North End.
The last time the Cherries played the Bluebirds away, was in the Premier League 2018-19 season. Cardiff City won 2-0, this was their first season back in the top league since the 2013-14 season. It was short-lived as at the end of the season Cardiff City were relegated back into the Championship.
In all our away league games against Cardiff City, AFCB have W 2, D 6, L 9.
In all competitions, AFCB have W 18, D 11, L 14.
Cardiff v AFCB
Cardiff C Team News
Joe Bennett has been out injured, Greg Cunningham and Jordi Osei-Tutu went off with injuries in their recent game against Preston. Lee Tomlin missed the game through a one-match suspension.
Cardiff C Player To Watch
Against Preston, the best player was centre back Sean Morrison who was solid in their defence. Kieffer Moore their big striker, strong in the air and showed a neat piece of skill in a breakaway that led to him assisting for the only goal of the game. Harry Wilson came on early in the game as a substitute and we will see what he can do on Wednesday night against our side. Last time he had a season in the Championship he scored 15 league goals for Derby County.
AFCB Team News
Lloyd Kelly has missed recent games through injury, otherwise, both David Brooks and Josh King are back training and will be assessed ahead of the game. Cameron Carter-Vickers is also been training but lacks game time. Not sure what the situation is with Philip Billing, he was left out of our squad against QPR for tactical reasons.
AFCB Player To Watch
Hoping that David Brooks will be available for this game and we will again see him in the number 10 role he played so well the last time he played for us and had a good understanding with Sam Surridge. Another player who could be available is Josh King, if he plays and is on form he could be a match-winner for us.