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MATCH PREVIEW: CARDIFF CITY v WIGAN ATHLETIC

Cardiff City v Wigan Athletic

Cardiff City v Wigan Athletic

PUBLISHED

13:50 18th August 2014

by Wigan Athletic

Latics head to Welsh capital in search of their first win of the campaign.

  • Latics haven’t lost in Cardiff in 18 years.
  • Four wins on the bounce for Latics against the Bluebirds.
  • Latics scored two or more in eight of the last ten against Cardiff.
Latics will look to bounce back immediately from Saturday’s cruel late defeat at Charlton Athletic as Uwe Rosler gears his side up for a 400-mile round trip to Cardiff City on Tuesday evening.

The Welsh capital has proved a fruitful destination in the past, though with Latics undefeated in their last seven visits, winning the last two.

Tickets are still available for the clash with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, though please be aware this is an all-ticket fixture and tickets will be on sale from the DW Stadium ticket office until 4pm on Monday 18th August.

LAST TIME OUT

Last season ended in heartbreak for both Latics and the Bluebirds with Solskjaer’s side failing to secure their Premier League status at the first attempt.

Equally, Rosler and his side narrowly missed out in the Play-Offs of the Sky Bet Championship at QPR as they looked to bounce back to the top-flight following relegation a season earlier.

Despite being in separate divisions, the two sides did meet last campaign in the fifth round of the FA Cup with Budweiser.

Goals from Chris McCann and Ben Watson, either side of a Fraizer Campbell strike, sent the hosts out against an in-form Latics side.

It was McCann who opened the scoring on 18 minutes with the Irish midfielder turning in a low cross before Campbell lashed home a leveller.

However, a stunning 30-year free-kick from Watson left Marshall with no chance and Rosler’s side progressed to the quarter-finals to meet Manchester City.


THIS TIME AROUND

Last time out, the formbook was in Latics’ favour and the result duly replicated that, though, this time it’s Solskjaer’s side who go in in better fettle after picking up four points from their opening two league games.

An opening day draw at Blackburn Rovers was followed up by a resounding 3-1 home success against Huddersfield Town has left the Bluebirds sitting pretty in third place in the early stages of the Sky Bet Championship.

It’s been late goals that have written the story of Latics’ early campaign – one for and one against.

The opening day draw at home to Reading, thanks to a 93rd minute James McArthur goal, was slightly unfair on the visitors after their second-half heroics, though it was probably a fair reflection of the game.

In contrast, Charlton Athletic’s goal in the third minute of stoppage time on Saturday to give the Addicks a 2-1 win proved a cruel blow to a Latics side that had dominated play for large portions of the game.

The one point Rosler’s side have so far achieved leaves them in 18th place, three behind the Bluebirds and five behind Millwall and Bournemouth – the only two sides in the division with a 100% record.

MAN TO WATCH – KENWYNE JONES

29-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international striker Kenwyne Jones has started the 2014-15 campaign with a bang, scoring three goals in two games for Solskjaer’s side.

Jones joined the Bluebirds midway through the 2013-14 Premier League campaign from Stoke City but he scored just once in 11 appearances in the top-flight.

His spell with Stoke never fully replicated his form with Sunderland where he scored 28 goals in 101 appearances over four seasons – a feat that took 17 games more during his spell in the Potteries.

A powerful frontman who is strong in the air, Jones will be one of multiple attacking threats for Solskjaer’s side on Tuesday evening.

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