Our prediction for this Championship match:
After holding Bristol City to a draw in their opener, Blackpool will be aiming to impress in their first home game of the season when they face Cardiff City at their Bloomfield Road. The Seasiders showed character in the season opener, with the team scoring the equalizer in the second minute of the stoppage time. Blackpool are tough to beat at home, but the game against the Bluebirds will be anything but a walk in the park for Neil Critchley’s troops.
Aforementioned midfielder Shayne Lavery should be recalled to the starting XI, while Dougall and Mitchell remain in the recovery room. The Welsh outfit came from behind to share the spoils with Barnsley in their opener, and they are now on a quest to record their first win of the season. Even though all Davies, Evans, Tomlin, and Vassell have been struggling with injuries of late, away win should be considered as the lack of experience in big matches should prove to be a big problem for the Seasiders.
Highlighted Player (Chris Maxwell):
Chris Maxwell is a Welsh goalkeeper who was born in St Asaph on July 30, 1990. Maxwell began his youth career at Penrhyn Bay (1998-2000) and in 2000 he moved to Wrexham. The 188-cm-tall shoot-stopper made his first-team debut for Wrexham at the age of 18 and he played 76 league games for the club from 2008 to 2012.
During the 2008/2009 season he spent six months on loan at Welsh club Connah’s Quay Nomads and in 2012 he joined Fleetwood Town. Chris Maxwell made 110 appearances in the league for the Trawlermen and on May 16, 2016 he signed a three-year deal with Championship side Preston North End. You should know that he managed to keep clean sheets in 38 appearances for the Lilywhites in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign.
Due to his dual citizenship, Maxwell is capable of representing both Wales and Scotland at senior level, but he played for the Dragons at youth level, being capped for the U21 team 16 times.
Highlighted Team (Cardiff):
Cardiff City are a Welsh football club that compete in the English second tier (Championship). In 2009 they moved from Ninian Park to Cardiff City Stadium, the venue that officially holds 33,280 spectators.
The Bluebirds played their first ever Premier League match on 18 August, 2013, but they were beaten by West Ham United (0-2) on their debut in the English top flight. However, a week later Fraizer Campbell (two goals) and Aron Gunnarson helped Cardiff City record their first ever win in the Premier League.
The Bluebirds outplayed Manchester City back then, but they eventually dropped to the Championship at the end of the season. Fellow Welsh outfit Swansea City are considered Cardiff’s fiercest rivals and the two teams take on each other in the South Wales derby.
The colour of Cardiff City’s home kit is blue, whilst they wear red shirts and shorts when playing on the travels.