Wednesday need to bounce back from Etihad mauling.
For 47 minutes, the Owls kept Premier League champions Manchester City at bay at the Etihad on Wednesday. They also had a couple of chances themselves in the first half but Stuart Gray’s men were blown away after conceding immediately after the interval and ended up conceding seven times with Kamil Zayatte’s dismissal rubbing salt in the wound.
In the Championship, mistakes aren’t always punished but City showed what happens if you give the likes of Frank Lampard, Edin Dzeko and Yaya Toure room in which to play and it was a salutary lesson to what Wednesday could expect should they gain promotion to the top flight.
Those ambitions remain very much alive with Wednesday sitting in the play-off places after last week’s hard-fought victory over Reading. Let’s hope that Capital One Cup mauling hasn’t affected confidence! Kieren Westwood, Glen Loovens and Jose Semedo will all come back into the team to face Cardiff City after being rested in midweek.
Manchester City, the Capital One Cup holders, scored five or more on seven occasions in the Premier League last season so Wednesday are in good company but it was still a shock to see them capitulate in such a manner considering they’ve been hard to beat this season and the manager will need a convincing team talk before the trip to south Wales.
Cardiff could have a new manager, reportedly Russell Slade, in place before this Saturday’s game and the new man will have some rebuilding to do. They’ve got a talented squad but have badly under-performed in recent weeks and are without a win in five. The Bluebirds, too, had a poor result in the cup in midweek, losing 3-0 at home to Bournemouth – controversial owner Vincent Tan will want an immediate improvement and that could be bad news for the Owls.
Wednesday have only won once against City in Cardiff since 1984 and the Welshmen did the double over them when they were last in the Championship two years ago. Wednesday’s heavy defeat in midweek may have left his mark and, with City trying to impress a new boss, this could be a tough task for Gray’s men.
Cardiff are 13/10 to win but Wednesday are 11/10 to score first against a team that’s only kept one clean sheet all season.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, September 27th at the City Of Cardiff Stadium.