Cardiff vs. Everton: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
Fresh from their memorable win over Manchester City last weekend, Cardiff play host to an Everton side with two draws to their name thus far this season. Who will emerge victorious?
Location: Cardiff City Stadium, Carfiff
Date: Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013
Time: 3 p.m. BST
TV Info: BBC Match of the Day (UK—highlights only), NBC (U.S.)
Live Stream: NBC Sports Network (U.S. only)
It was the result that nobody had predicted last weekend, as Cardiff City secured a 3-1 win in their first home Premier League game against 2011-12 league champions Manchester City.
They were simply exceptional in their work on that occasion and, ultimately, were well deserving of their win. The tests come thick and fast in the Premier League, though, and this weekend marks the visit of Roberto Martinez's Everton side.
The Toffees have put in two strong-looking league performances thus far this campaign but have been forced to come away with a solitary point from both encounters. Martinez will certainly be hoping for more this weekend.
Change is already underway at Goodison Park, with Everton looking to retain possession much more this season than in previous years, while also creating plenty of chances. The cup victory over Stevenage in midweek perhaps offered a glimpse of the role Barcelona's on-loan attacker, Gerard Deulofeu, could play at Everton this year as well.
They will not find life easy against the Cardiff midfield, however, with the fiercely combative Gary Medel in particular impressing against Manchester City. His tenacity should be a major help to the Welsh side this season.
Buoyed on by their success last week, though, Cardiff will hope to be a threat of their own and will look to Korean playmaker Kim Bo-Kyung for inspiration.
Kim was excellent in the second half of the tie with Man City last weekend and, with a brace from Fraizer Campbell stealing the headlines, was perhaps unlucky not to receive more attention.
Both teams will hope to strengthen ahead of Monday's transfer deadline, meaning that players will likely be playing for their long-term first-team roles on Saturday.
Martinez and his side will doubtless be keen to break their seasonal duck, but can Malky Mackay and his Cardiff side make lightning strike once more in South Wales.
*Lineups and statistics courtesy of WhoScored.
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