English Championship: Game Week 4
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
26th August 2023
Cardiff City will welcome Sheffield Wednesday at Cardiff City Stadium in Gameweek 4 of the English Championship. Sheffield are only team in the championship without a point. Who will come out on top after 90 minutes?Receive Your Welcome Bonus!
Cardiff City form
Cardiff City have had a disappointing start to the season despite a positive atmosphere within the club. With just one point from their opening three matches, the team has undergone significant changes during the summer. Erol Bulut took over as manager after Sabri Lamouchi's departure, and the club made several transfers in preparation for the new campaign.
Their first Championship match was against Leeds United, a challenging opponent who had recently been relegated from the Premier League. Cardiff City looked set to secure a 2-1 victory with debut goals from Josh Bowler and Ike Ugbo. However, a late equaliser from Crysencio Summerville resulted in a 2-2 draw. They narrowly defeated Colchester United in a penalty shootout in the EFL Cup but suffered a disappointing home loss to Queens Park Rangers in their second league game, despite Ugbo's goal.
Seeking to bounce back and achieve their first league win under Bulut's leadership, Cardiff City faced another tough challenge against Leicester City. They initially seemed on track for a commendable draw with Aaron Ramsey's long-range goal just before halftime. However, Cesare Casadei scored a 92nd-minute winner, allowing Leicester City to maintain their perfect start to the season.
Despite the team's positive performances not translating into results, Bulut's side is determined to avoid further winless matches and secure their first three points of the season on home soil this weekend.
Cardiff City Predicted Lineup
Alnwick; Ng, McGuinness, Goutas, Collins; Wintle, Ralls; Bowler, Ramsey, O'Dowda; Ugbo
Sheffield Wednesday form
Sheffield Wednesday, who achieved promotion through the League One playoffs last season under Darren Moore's management, have struggled since returning to the Championship. Moore left the club in the summer and Xisco Munoz took over as manager. In their first game against Southampton, they suffered a 2-1 defeat with Che Adams scoring a late winner for Southampton after Lee Gregory had equalized early in the second half. They then won a penalty shootout against Stockport County in the EFL Cup but failed to carry that momentum into their league game against Hull City, losing 4-2 despite taking the lead through Juan Delgado. Ozan Tufan scored a hat-trick for Hull City and Aaron Connolly added a fourth before Michael Smith scored a late consolation goal for Sheffield Wednesday. They suffered another defeat in their next game against Preston North End, with Liam Lindsay scoring the only goal of the match for Preston. With their confidence shaken from last season's promotion, Sheffield Wednesday will be desperate to turn their form around starting with a crucial win away from home this weekend to avoid falling too far behind in the standings.
Sheffield Wednesday Predicted Lineup
Vasquez; Palmer, Diaby, Iorfa, Famewo; Byers, Bakinson; Paterson, Bannan, Windass; Gregory
Cardiff City vs Sheffield Wednesday Expert Tips
Cardiff City's performance this season might be considered superior to what their outcomes suggest. On the other hand, the visiting team, the Owls, have struggled to find their momentum since returning to the Championship. Consequently, we predict that Bulut's team will claim their first league victory of the season.We can very well expect a draw as the outcome. Under 2.5 goals are expected in the game.