Our prediction for this Championship match:
Cardiff City made a flying start to the season, with the team recording back-to-back wins over Burton and Aston Villa in the Championship, while beating Portsmouth in their League Cup opener. The Bluebirds obviously have big ambitions for the 2017/2018 season and they will be looking to keep their 100% record in the league intact when they host Sheffield United at their Cardiff City Stadium. Canada international Junior Hoilett opened his goal-scoring account against Aston Villa and all eyes will be on him when the two teams face each other in Wales. The Blades are not regarded as good travelers and they are unlikely to spoil Cardiff’s party in Tuesday’s football match. It has to be noted that Sheffield United suffered a 1-0 loss to Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium in their first away game of the season. In their last meeting in the English second tier (2011) the Bluebirds emerged triumphant.
Highlighted Player (Bruno Ecuele Manga):
Bruno Ecuele Manga is a defender who plays for Cardiff City and the Gabonese national football team. The player who was born on 16 July, 1988, began his senior career at FC 105 Libreville. In 2006 he signed a contract with Bordeaux B, making 40 appearances for the French outfit, but he did not play for the senior team. Manga played for the likes of Rodez, Angers and Lorient in France as well before joining Cardiff City on 1 September, 2014. The Gabonese defender signed a €5 million deal with the Championship side. On 1 November, 2014 Manga scored his first goal for the Bluebirds, finding the net in a 3-1 victory over Leeds United. Bruno Ecuele represented Gabon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but les Pantheres were eliminated in the group stages of the tournament. Speaking of his individual honours, Manga was named Cardiff City Player of the Year for the 2014/2015 season.
Highlighted Team (Sheffield United):
Sheffield United are a professional football club that compete in the Championship. The Blades finished the 2016/2017 League One campaign in top position in the standings, with the team collecting exactly 100 points in the process. Sheffield United last competed in the Premier League in the 2006/2007 season and they were more than unfortunate not to secure the top flight survival.
The Blades finished the season in 18th place in the process and it has to be noted that they were level on points with Wigan Athletic, who managed to avoid the relegation to the English second tier. Sheffield United welcome their rivals at Bramal Lane, the stadium which was opened on April 30, 1855. The current capacity of the venue is 32.702.
The club have numerous rivalries, but the most notable one is the rivalry with their city neighbors Sheffield Wednesday. The two teams face each other in the Steel City derby and it has to be noted that United share rivalry with the likes of Barnsley, Rotherham United, Doncaster Rovers and Leeds United as well.