Opposition report: Cardiff City

Blues come into today's game unbeaten in their last six Sky Bet Championship fixtures.


An in-depth look at this afternoon's visitors...


Cardiff City come into this afternoon's St. Andrew's encounter unbeaten in their last four Sky Bet Championship fixtures. A 2-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers last weekend was preceded by three draws against Brentford, Reading and Blackburn. Those stalemates all-but ended the Bluebirds' aspirations of a late run to the play-offs. 

A difficult Christmas spell saw the Bluebirds begin to fall away, before form began turning around in late January when experienced manager Mick McCarthy joined the club. He went unbeaten in his first 11 fixtures.

Over the course of the campaign, Cardiff have won 17 of their 44 games played in the league, drawing 13 and losing 14. 

They're one of the league's higher scorers, dispatching 61 and conceding 48.


Mick McCarthy succeeded Neil Harris earlier this year after the former Millwall man oversaw six successive defeats in all competitions, marking an end to his tenure.

Now 61, McCarthy moved to South Wales after severing ties with Cypriot side APOEL at the beginning of January, after just nine games and two months in-charge. 

Before his move to Cyprus, McCarthy had been serving his second spell in-charge of the Republic of Ireland. The Barnsley-born defender has also spent time with Ipswich Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sunderland and Millwall as a manager, twice overseeing promotions from the Championship with the Black Cats and Wolves. 


It's been another solid season for Cardiff frontman Kieffar Moore - who's notched an impressive 23 goals across the campaign in all competitions.

He's been in good form more recently too, dispatching four goals in his last three fixtures - including both of the Bluebirds' strikes in last Saturday's 2-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers. 

His two goals against the Chairboys means Moore became the first Cardiff City player to notch 20 league goals across a campaign since the late Peter Whittingham, who achieved the feat in the 2009/10 campaign. 

Moore's signing has proved a real success after joining from Wigan Athletic last summer. The Welsh international forward has been the focal point of the team's attack all season and it seemed no surprise that they struggled without him when he sustained an injury just before Christmas. 


Blues fell to a 3-2 defeat against the Bluebirds in mid-December last year. 

Sean Morrison's last minute header completed Cardiff's comeback, after Blues had twice scored through Marc Roberts and Ivan Sanchez' wonderful solo strike. 


Blues and Cardiff City have met 74 times over the years, their first meeting coming all the way back in 1920 in the Second Division, a match won by the Bluebirds 2-1.

The head-to-head record lies slightly in Blues' favour, we've won 29 encounters to Cardiff's 28. 

Birmingham's best run of form over today's opponents came from the early 70's to mid-90's; of the 11 games contested, Blues won nine and drew two. 


The Bluebirds were formed back in 1899 but football wasn't their first priority. The team was created when members of a local cricket team decided that they wanted to remain social and keep fit during winter, primarily when the South Wales cricket leagues weren't competing.

The resulting decision was to set up Riverside FC, which comprised of the cricket club’s players and then later became Cardiff City in 1908.