Cardiff City and Aston Villa go head-to-head in the second round of Championship fixtures this weekend, however who will come out on top in South Wales?
Aston Villa make the journey to the Welsh capital in search of their first league win of the new season against a Cardiff City side who were winners in their opening game of the campaign. The Bluebirds won 1-0 against Burton Albion last weekend with Kenneth Zohore scoring the winning goal with just three minutes left on the clock. As for Aston Villa, they took an early lead against Hull City thanks to the efforts of Agbonlahor but ended up sharing the spoils at the final whistle.
Villa boss Steve Bruce is under no illusion that Villa need to start winning games given the money which they have spent on summer signings. They have signed Chelsea stalwart John Terry as well as Ahmed Elmohamady, Chris Samba and Glen Whelan. They also have in their ranks Jonathan Kodija who banged in no less than nineteen goals last season and who must fancy his chances of bagging a few more with the Villans.
Nevertheless Villa bounced back from their disappointing draw by beating Colchester United 2-1 in the midweek League Cup match and they will be confident of managing something from this weekend’s clash with the Bluebirds. Cardiff will nevertheless have been boosted by their excellent start to the season and having seen off Portsmouth in the League Cup on Tuesday evening, we fancy the hosts’ chances of securing all three points this weekend.
The corresponding match in 2016/17 saw Cardiff run out 1-0 winners, however Villa are without a doubt one of the strongest sides in this season’s Championship and an open and action-packed encounter should see the Villans edge their way to a narrow victory.