Cardiff City vs Aston Villa
EFL Championship, Season 2017/18
Date: Saturday, 12th August 2017
Kick off at 15:00 UK/16:00 CET
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium.
Aston Villa have high hopes this season and will be looking to take something in a tough game. They visit Cardiff City and it is certain they will not get the warmest of welcoming.
Cardiff started the season well. They needed extra time to defeat Portsmouth in the league though and that may prove costly for Saturdays big game. Pompey took the lead after Morrison scored himself an own goal. Mendes-Laing managed to get an equalizer in the 48th minute. The score remained the same and both team headed into extra time. Greg Halford was the man of the moment there as he managed to score for the final result of 2-1 in 113th minute.
Not everything went according to plan for Cardiff in the opening game. They played Burton away and the hosts prove to be a tough nut to break. Still after a good team effort and an outstanding shot from outside the area Keneth Zohore found the net with just a handful of minutes left to play. The Ivorian striker placed his left footed shoot well out of the reach of Burtons keeper. The 3 points were saved but the team may feel they had to win with bigger margin. Cardiff played in a 3-4-1-2 formation with new signing Tomlin playing behind Zohore and Hoilett.
Aston Villa are amongst the team with ambitions to win promotion this year. The team finished strong last season with its home form being outstanding. The core of the team remains the same but it has now some more depth and experience after the summer window. They dispatched Colchester in the midweek League cup fixture with 2-1 keeping some key players rested.
The opening round Villans played against recently relegated Hull City. The team showed a lot of determination in the first half and played better overall. Agbonlahor whose career was touted as over after few scandals last year was looking sharp. The Villains were playing with lot of pace lately exploiting any space provided by Hull. With 6 minuted into the game Agbonlahor scored after he received a great pass from the right side after a combination between Elmohammady and Hutton.
The second half though wasn’t so great for Villa as Hull set their dominance. The sharpness and pace from the first half was missing and the goal was hanging in front of Aston Villa’s goal. Campbell was running down the centre in a counterattacking effort from Hull. The ball reached Grosicki who found Bowen unmarked and the forward didn’t hesitate to equalize. Hull could have even won the game in the second half but Villa held to the point.
Cardiff City vs Aston Villa: Head to head
From the 5 meeting between the sides Villa have won 3 while Cardiff only 1.
Last season the games finished 3-1 at Villa Park and 1-0 for Cardiff in the return fixture.
Four of those games had less than 2.5 goals.
Cardiff City vs Aston Villa: Prediction
Villa looked well defensively at some points last season and now with the addition of John Terry they are expected to further strengthen that part of their game. Cardiff on the other side produced a lot of low scoring games at home which also points towards a low-scoring affair.
Aston Villa struggled through most of the last year on their visits. The team had a hard time finding the net away from Villa Park and it is doubtful if they were able to adjust that part of their game. The match could go either way but the hosts have the slight advantage here.