Cardiff City begin their 2020/21 Championship campaign against Sheffield Wednesday.
With the Bluebirds having reached the play-off semi-finals last term, they will be hoping to go a couple further and secure promotion to the Premier League this season.
Below, we have all the details ahead of the first league fixture of the season.
What time is Cardiff City v Sheffield Wednesday kick-off?
Cardiff City v Sheffield Wednesday will kick-off at 3pm on Saturday, September 12, behind closed doors at Cardiff City Stadium.
Is Cardiff City v Sheffield Wednesday on TV?
No, the game is not going to be shown on TV.
What about live streaming?
Cardiff City will be streaming the game live on their website and match passes for those viewing in the UK can be bought here for £10.
Overseas viewers will be able to pay to watch the game for £7 – other packages are also available here.
Meanwhile, 2020/21 season ticket holders are eligible to apply for a Cardiff City TV streaming pass here.
You can also follow all the action on our live blog from 12pm, which you’ll be able to find here.
What are the odds?
(Odds via The Pools and correct at the time of publication)
What’s the team news?
The news of the week, of course, is that Nathaniel Mendez-Laing will not be available after his Cardiff City contract was terminated with immediate effect.
The winger’s deal was officially ended in an abrupt statement on Wednesday. While the full details of his exit are yet to be confirmed, what is known is he is no longer a Cardiff City player.
Elsewhere, City have a few doubts. Last year’s Player of the Season Lee Tomlin and key midfielder Joe Ralls are both touch and go, having taken some time to recover from injuries sustained in the final game of last season against Fulham.
They are both back training, but a starting berth appears unlikely.
The same goes, too, for Gavin Whyte, who took a knock while on international duty with Northern Ireland last weekend, missing his country’s second game against Norway after scoring in their draw with Romania.
Isaac Vassell is still a long-term absentee and while he is now training, he is nowhere near full fitness.
Greg Cunningham is in line to make his first ever Championship appearance for Cardiff City. He was signed ahead of the Premier League campaign but was sent out on loan last term to Blackburn Rovers before kicking a ball for the Bluebirds.
New signings Kieffer Moore, Jordi Osei-Tutu and Sheyi Ojo are all available for selection.
For the Owls, new signing Elias Kachunga is fully fit and available selection. However, fellow new recruit Chey Dunkley, recovering from a double leg break, is not in contention.
Osaze Urhoghide, who has been suffering with a knee issue, only resumed training on Wednesday, so he is touch and go, but Liam Palmer was also involved in first-team sessions this week and looks more likely to be available.
What have the managers said?
Cardiff City manager Neil Harris: “They start with -12 (points), so mentally tough for them to play with some freedom.
“I can’t control that, what I can control is where they finished last season, with a 3-5-2 and pre-season they played that.
“They’ve got a lot of experience in the Championship and streamlined their squad.
“They are a team that were third in the division back in December, but we beat them. I expect a better team than the back half of last season.”
Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk: “They have strengthened their striker line. They’re a physical threat.
“They can be quite direct. It is always a physical game against Cardiff and you have to be prepared to match that.
“It is important that we concentrate for the whole 90 minutes but we are also trying to work on being a big threat to them.
“They have solid, experienced defenders and a good physical presence up front and they have a few in there that are technically very good.
“Going away from home against one of the strongest squads in the league is a big first test for us but I think it is a good one.”
Cardiff City have only lost two of their last 13 league games against Sheffield Wednesday (W5 D6 L2), winning last time out against the Owls in December 2019.
Sheffield Wednesday are winless in their last nine away league matches against Cardiff City (D4 L5), with each of the last four ending level.
Cardiff City have lost their last two season openers in league competition – they last lost three in a row between 1982-83 and 1984-85.
Sheffield Wednesday will kick off their league campaign on the road for a fourth consecutive season, winning last year at Reading, 3-1.
- Cardiff’s Lee Tomlin has been directly involved in eight goals in 12 league appearances against Sheffield Wednesday, scoring four goals and assisting four. Tomlin has scored or assisted in his last two vs the Owls.