Sheffield Wednesday vs Cardiff City Preview – Team Line-Ups and Predictions 2023/24

Hamish Woodward

  • Cardiff City face Sheffield Wednesday at the Hillsborough Stadium on Saturday, 23rd of December 2023.
  • The Owls sit 23rd in the league and are coming off a 2-1 win over fellow relegation candidates QPR.
  • Meanwhile, the Bluebirds recently lost 3-0 to Hull City in their fourth loss in the past six matches.

Sheffield Wednesday vs Cardiff City

Two teams in very different circumstances will face off when Cardiff City travel to Sheffield Wednesday for the last match before Christmas Day.

The Bluebirds have fallen out of the Play-Offs and currently sit in 12th position in the league, following a bad run of form.

Manager Erol Bulut tore apart the side following last week’s 3-0 loss to Hull City, demanding more from a side that narrowly avoided relegation from the Championship in the last two seasons.

Meanwhile, the Owls are in danger themselves but come to Hillsborough on the back of a big win over fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers.

Goals from Bailey Cadamateri and Anthony Musaba late on secured the three points for Sheffield Wednesday, and they will be keen to close the six-point gap between themselves and Huddersfield Town in 21st with a home win against the struggling Bluebirds.

Sheffield Wednesday picked up a huge win against QPR last week.

Predicted Line-Up

Expect a similar team to the one that lost 3-0 to Hull City, with a few key differences.

For the trip to Sheffield Wednesday, we predict that Alex Runarrson will take his place back in goal after the disastrous display of Jan Alnwick last week.

Joe Ralls could return from his knock after missing the clash with Hull, and would be the ideal replacement for Ebou Adams in the midfield.

The front three, while misfiring at the moment, will likely remain unchanged, with Etete, Meite and Grant playing in front of Rubin Colwill in attack.

Cardiff City Line-Up vs Sheffield Wednesday:

GK – Alex

RB – Perry Ng

CB – Dimitrios Goutas

CB – Mark McGuinness

LB – Jamilu Collins

CM – Manolis Siopis

CM – Roe Ralls

CAM – Rubin Colwill

RM – Yakou Méïté

LM – Karlan Grant

St – Kion Etete

What Did The Managers Say?

Quotes from the managers will be added once the pre-match press conferences have taken place.


Prediction: 1-0 win to Cardiff City. While the Bluebirds have been poor, a festive atmosphere in the Cardiff City Stadium should inspire some confidence in a squad that desperately needs it.

With the rumours of Kieffer Moore and Anastasios Bakasetas coming into the club in the New Year, the players will want to stake their place in the side before a whirlwind January transfer window.

Rubin Colwill is putting on some good form in the last few matches, so expect him to star in the middle in what will be a tough game for all involved.

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