Cardiff City vs Leicester City LIVE: English Premier League Football 2018
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Cardiff City welcome Leicester City this afternoon in a Premier League contest that will see the Foxes play for the first time since the tragic death of their owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
The Thai chairman and four others lost their lives in a helicopter crash outside the club’s King Power Stadium last weekend.
Leicester’s midweek Carabao Cup tie against Southampton was postponed in the aftermath of the accident, but Jamie Vardy and other Foxes players have revealed they want to play in honour of Vichai.
There will be lots of tributes from both sets of fans both before and during the match with scarves and flags to be raised, as well as a minute’s silence.
As for the match itself, Cardiff will see it as an opportunity to pick up a second Premier League win of the season.
Cardiff City v Leicester
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Vardy on the Cardiff game
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Images of King Power mourners
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A standing ovation from the Cardiff City fans – and Leicester’s – as the Foxes players come into the corner of the Grand Stand and Grandstand to do a few final warm-ups.
A shirt bearing the image of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha before the Premier League match at the Cardiff City Stadium
A shirt bearing the image of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha before the Premier League match at the Cardiff City Stadium (Image: PA Wire)
Applause for Sol
Big applause from the huge contingent of Leicester fans when Sol Bamba’s name is read out on the PA system.
Counting down to kick off now.
Leicester players wearing Vichai t-shirts
Leicester players are out on the pitch doing their warm-ups at Cardiff City Stadium, all wearing white t-shirts adorned with a picture of Vichai and the words ‘The Boss’.
Looks like the Foxes fans are wearing the t-shirts too. Nice touch.
Thoughts on the teams
It’s probably what we expected in terms of a Cardiff City lineup today, as Harry Arter returns in place of Junior Hoilett – the only change from the side that faced Liverpool last weekend and the same team that beat Fulham 4-2 in Cardiff’s last home game.
It’s interesting that Neil Warnock has no named Kenneth Zohore on his bench. We’re fairly sure that’s not due to an injury.
Leicester make five changes, bringing back experienced players such as Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton for an emotional contest today.
The sides look strong, but we’re not sure what kind of game to expect until that whistle goes. There will be plenty of tributes to the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha before the game
The subs benches
Cardiff subs: Smithies, Cunningham, Damour, Hoilett, K.Harris, Madine, Ward
Leicester subs: Ward, Simpson, Evans, Fuchs, Iborra, Diabate, Iheanacho
Cardiff: Etheridge; Manga, Morrison (capt.), Bamba, Bennett; Arter, Gunnarsson, Camarasa; Decordova-Reid, Murphy, Paterson.
Leicester: Schmeichel; Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Ndidi, Mendy; Gray, Maddison, Albrighton, Vardy.
That’s just the one change for the Bluebirds, five for Leicester. Subs and reaction to come.
Team news soon
Less than 10 minutes now until today’s teams are announced. Stay tuned.
Vincent Tan’s programme message
The Cardiff City owner has added to his comments earlier in the week in tribute to Vichai:
This week, the thoughts and prayers of Cardiff City Football Club have been with our friends at Leicester City. Today, in the saddest of circumstances, we stand alongside them in memory of those lost last weekend.
Indeed, the football family as a whole is standing with Leicester City. Rivalries and the like are put to one side when something of such magnitude happens. Collectively, we all want to offer our support to a football club that over the course of nine months, three seasons ago, proved that anything is possible in our wonderful sport. Leicester’s achievements in lifting the Premier League title gave every team, player and coach the belief that the impossible was, in fact, possible.
Vincent Tan has paid tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Fans applaud Leicester coach
The Leicester City squad have arrived via coach to a warm reception from both sets of supporters.
Warnock’s message to Leicester in his programme notes
I’d like to pass on my condolences to the bereaved families from myself, my staff and the players.
I would also like to praise the way that Leicester City have conducted themselves this week off the field in circumstances that I can never remember as a manager.
The past week has shown that supporters of all clubs rally around at times of tragedy such as these. On that note, I am proud of our fans for the messages that I’ve seen them send to the Leicester supporters.
When something like this happens, you realise it’s only a game of football. There is such a fine margin in life; it’s almost on a knife-edge and that’s why we have to treasure every minute.
In my entire managerial career, these are probably the most difficult notes that I’ve ever had to write. Football almost seems irrelevant after what has happened.
Neil Warnock (Image: Huw Evans Picture Agency)
Sol Bamba on Vichai
Cardiff centre-back Sol Bamba will no doubt feel the emotion today, as a former Leicester player.
He has spoken to the Telegraph in a typically honest interview and given some insight into the kind of ethos Vichai brought to the King Power Stadium.
He recalled this story after his wife had given birth in France:
“Forget about the game. This is the time for family.”
“I remember saying ‘I want to play’ but he said ‘no, family is more important than football’.
That just said everything about the man he was. He was so good to me and my family.”
Bamba on Vichai
Sol Bamba applauds the Cardiff City fans
Sombre mood around the stadium
A day of tributes
No doubt football is secondary today as both Cardiff and Leicester fans pay tribute to Vichai.
The football world has been stunned by the accident and the week in the lead-up to the game has been dominated by tributes to the Thai owner.
The Bluebirds have pledged to offer full support and Saturday afternoon at Cardiff City Stadium promises to be a highly emotional occasion.
Here’s a breakdown of all the tributes and how they will unfold today.
Supporters pay tribute to Leicester Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at the King Power Stadium
Supporters pay tribute to Leicester Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at the King Power Stadium (Image: PA)
It’s matchday at Cardiff City Stadium, although this one might have a more sombre and emotional feel than usual Saturdays.
Cardiff’s opponents Leicester City are still mourning the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the build-up to the match will be dominated by tributes to him and the four others who lost their lives in the helicopter tragedy outside the King Power Stadium last weekend.
On the pitch there is of course three points to be won. Stay tuned for the latest on all the tributes and of course the match updates.