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IN PROFILE: CARDIFF CITY

Cardiff City Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

PUBLISHED

16:00 16th June 2014

by Ashley Houghton

As we countdown to fixture release, take a look at our new opponents in the Sky Bet Championship.

With the announcement of our Sky Bet Championship fixtures for the 2014/15 season just two days away, we continue our look at the division's six latest incumbents by profiling recently relegated Cardiff City.

Cardiff City

Founded: 1899

Stadium: Cardiff City

Travel

Wigan Athletic Supporters’ Club offer travel to all away games but, should you wish to make your own way to south Wales, the travel details are below:

Distance from the DW Stadium (By car): 193 miles (M6, M5, M4, A48)

By train: Wigan North Western to Crewe, Crewe to Cardiff Central, Cardiff Central to Grangetown.

Last Season

After a 51-year wait, Cardiff returned to the top-flight in 2013-14, though their stay would last only one season as a return of just ten away points proved costly in a season of difficulty off the field for the Bluebirds.

A change of management in mid-season saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer take the reins from previous boss Malky Mackay, though the former Manchester United striker won just five of the 21 games in which he took charge in all competitions.

The Welsh outfit parted with over £30million in transfer fees as they looked to secure their top-flight status meaning they return to the Championship with a wealth of quality in their ranks.

Should Cardiff keep hold of the likes of Steven Caulker, Gary Medel and Peter Whittingham, they’ll stand a chance of an immediate return to the top-flight.

Key Stat

Only Fulham (39) conceded more home Premier League goals than Cardiff (36) last season.

Key Man

Adam Le Fondre

A new addition to the Cardiff ranks but one that could prove crucial to any success Solskjaer’s side has, Adam Le Fondre will look to bring his prolific goal record with him to the Cardiff City Stadium after the Welsh side secured his services from Reading in May.

The 27-year-old has bagged 39 league goals in his last three seasons, including on in the Premier League with the Royals, earning a reputation as one of the best ‘fox in the box’ strikers at this level.

With eight strikers currently on their books, Cardiff have lots of options, though Le Fondre would be the most likely to start given his fine record in the second tier.

New Boy

Kagisho Dikgacoi

South African international Kagisho Dikgacoi provides a wealth of experience to Cardiff’s midfield after joining from Crystal Palace.

The 29-year-old joins the Bluebirds after turning down a new contract with the Eagles for whom he impressed in their successful Premier League survival bid.

A hard-working and energetic midfielder, Dikgacoi’s addition is a further sign of intent from Solskjaer and Cardiff.

Latics Link

Latics left-back Andrew Taylor moved to the DW Stadium from Wales in June after previously helping the Bluebirds to promotion from the Sky Bet Championship to the Premier League.

The 27-year-old made 100 league appearances in three years with the Bluebirds before signing a three-year deal with Latics.

Head-to-head

Latics’ 2-1 win at Cardiff in the fifth round of the FA Cup in February was their tenth against the Bluebirds. 

The Welsh outfit haven’t secured a win against Latics in the last 11 meetings between the two sides and have only recorded four in total.

The tie has produced nine draws, the last of which came in September 2003 as Latics drew 0-0 at Ninian Park in Division Two.

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