England - Championship

56' W. Vaulks 56' Yellow Card 56'  W. Vaulks 45' W. Vaulks 45' Goal 45'   Vaulks W. Vaulks 50' Sergi Canós 50' Goal 50'   Canos Sergi Canós 65' Sergi Canós 65' Goal 65'   Canos Sergi Canós 73' Sergi Canós 73' Goal 73'   Canos Sergi Canós 76' W. Vaulks 76' Goal 76'   Vaulks W. Vaulks
Cardiff City

Cardiff City

2 - 3

Brentford

Brentford

  • 45
    1 - 0
  • HT
    1 - 0
  • 50'
    1 - 1
  • 65'
    1 - 2
  • 73'
    1 - 3
  • 76
    2 - 3
  • Date: 26/12/2020
  • Time: 15:00
  • Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
  • Referee: Dean Whitestone
Cardiff City v Brentford - Preview

Date published: 12/26/2020 8:17:59 AM

Cardiff City v Brentford - Preview

Joe Bennett needs to prove his fitness before Cardiff’s clash with Brentford

Cardiff defender Joe Bennett is in a race to prove his fitness ahead of Brentford’s visit in the Sky Bet Championship.

Bennett missed Saturday’s 2-0 away defeat to leaders Norwich through injury, and Bluebirds boss Neil Harris puts the chances of the left-back returning on Boxing Day at 50-50.

Harris felt his side were “leggy” at Carrow Road and Filip Benkovic, yet to make his debut since joining on loan from Leicester in October, Gavin Whyte and Junior Hoilett will be targeting game-time against in-form Brentford.

Kieffer Moore (hamstring), Lee Tomlin (groin) and on-loan Arsenal defender Jordi Osei-Tutu (hamstring) remain out until the new year.

Brentford will revert to a more familiar line-up after reaching the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

Bees boss Thomas Frank made six changes for the 1-0 win against Newcastle, and David Raya, Mathias Jensen, Bryan Mbeumo and Ivan Toney are set to start after dropping to the bench on Tuesday.

Brentford, unbeaten in 14 games in all competitions, have injury concerns over defensive trio Henrik Dalsgaard, Pontus Jansson and Rico Henry.

But Brentford have been boosted by the return of Denmark midfielder Christian Norgaard, who ended a two and a half month absence after ankle damage with a 30-minute appearance from the bench against Newcastle.

 

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  • Championship
  • Round 21
  • Cardiff City Stadium
  • Dean Whitestone
  • 26 Dec, 15:00

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Lineups

Cardiff City
(4-4-2)
Brentford
(4-4-2)
  • 12. A. Smithies

  • 3. J. Bennett

  • 4. S. Morrison

  • 16. C. Nelson

  • 8. J. Ralls

  • 23. H. Wilson

  • 7. L. Bacuna

  • 6. W. Vaulks Goal Goal Yellow Card

  • 33. J. Hoilett

    68'
  • 9. R. Glatzel

  • 27. S. Ojo

    74'

Substitutes

  • 1. D. Phillips

  • 36. K. Patten

  • 18. G. Cunningham

  • 32. J. Bagan

  • 21. M. Pack

  • 11. J. Murphy

    74'
  • 20. G. Whyte

  • 29. M. Harris

    68'
  • 1. David Raya

  • 3. R. Henry

  • 22. H. Dalsgaard

  • 5. E. Pinnock

  • 18. P. Jansson

  • 7. Sergi Canós Goal Goal Goal

    90'
  • 9. E. Marcondes

  • 27. V. Janelt

  • 8. M. Jensen

    90'
  • 19. B. Mbeumo

    77'
  • 17. I. Toney

Substitutes

  • 28. L. Daniels

  • 38. M. Haygarth

  • 29. M. Sørensen

  • 2. D. Thompson

  • 36. F. Stevens

  • 24. T. Fosu

    77'
  • 20. S. Ghoddos

  • 15. M. Forss

    90'
  • 14. J. Dasilva

    90'

 

       

         

         

         

         

         

Simulation

Brentford vs Cardiff City

This is a very close match-up.
In 10,000 simulations Brentford won 32.7%, Cardiff City won 33.4% and there was a 33.9% chance of a draw.
Overall, the average simulation score is Brentford 0.9 to Cardiff City 0.9.
In simulation wins, Brentford averages 6.6 shots and 3.2 shots on goal.
They average 1.9 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.3 in simulation losses.
When Cardiff City wins they average 7.0 shots and 3.2 shots on goal.
They average 1.8 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.3 in simulation losses.

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    Cardiff City 2 - 3 Brentford - Match Report

    Date published: 12/28/2020 11:31:31 AM

    Cardiff City 2 - 3 Brentford - Match Report

    Sergi Canos nets second-half hat-trick as Brentford battle back to beat Cardiff

    Sergi Canos’ superb second-half hat-trick allowed Brentford to extend their unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship to 14 matches as they came from behind to beat Cardiff 3-2 in the Welsh capital.

    The Spaniard made it a great Christmas week for the Bees as he hauled his side back from a remarkable Will Vaulks goal at the end of a lacklustre first half to earn the visitors all three points.

    Hot on the heels of their 1-0 Carabao Cup triumph over Newcastle earlier in the week to set up a first major cup semi-final clash against Tottenham in the new year, the Canos-inspired comeback moved Brentford to within a point of the second automatic promotion spot in fourth.

    A cagey opening was followed by an even more frustrating contest in which there were only four shots in the first 45 minutes and neither keeper had to make a save.

    There were flimsy penalty shouts from either side around the half-hour mark, but referee Dean Whitestone waved play on in both incidents.

    It looked as though it was going to remain deadlocked up to the end of the half, but in the fourth minute of added time Vaulks lifted the game out of the mundane with an extraordinary goal.

    Having picked up a loose ball just outside his own penalty area the Wales international took a touch and then played a pass forward to target man Rob Glatzel.

    With his back to goal the German striker laid off the ball to his left to Vaulks who spotted David Raya some 20 yards out of his goal at the other end. Having looked up, he then put his head down and fired the ball from six yards inside his own half over the head of the stranded Brentford goalkeeper.

    Brentford started the second half with a bang and after winning successive corners they managed to get back on level terms with another great bit of skill, this time from Canos.

    The Spaniard got two bites of the cherry from his position just outside the home penalty area, deftly hooking his 22-yard volley over the head of Alex Smithies in the centre of the Cardiff goal.

    Canos then showed off his running skills in the 65th minute as he cut inside two Cardiff defenders before firing home a low shot inside the left-hand post to give his side the lead for the first time.

    Canos completed a 23-minute hat-trick not long after to give Brentford a two-goal lead at 3-1.

    Vaulks gave the home side some hope moments later with his second goal of the game after Sean Morrison had header down a corner for him to volley past Raya with a little bit of assistance from the chest of Ivan Toney, but Brentford were able to hold on for the win.

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