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BIG MATCH GUIDE; CARDIFF CITY v AFC WIMBLEDON, Cardiff City Stadium, 7.45pm.

THE LIKELY LINE-UPS Cardiff City, 4-4-2: B Wilson; L Peltier, S Ajayi, S Morrison (capt), Fabio; C Noone, A Gunnarsson, S O'Keefe, S Ameobi; E Doyle, A Revell.

AFC Wimbledon, 4-4-1-1: J Shea; B Fuller (capt), P Robinson, K Osbourne, J Meades; G Francomb, D Bulman, J Reeves, A Barcham; S Rigg; A Akinfenwa.

TEAM NEWS Cardiff City: Russell Slade has said he will make changes. The question is how many? Ben Wilson could well be given his chance, while defender Semi Ajayi, midfield players Stuart O'Keefe and Aron Gunnarsson plus striker Eoin Doyle are likely to be given the nod.

ONES TO WATCH Cardiff City: Stuart O'Keefe - The central midfield player finished last season in a rich vein of form and is likely to line-up alongside Aron Gunnarsson against the Dons. An energetic midfield player who can an impact. AFC Wimbledon: Andy Barcham - Has blistering pace, plus quick feet and a low centre of gravity.

LAST TIME THEY MET This will be the first time these two clubs have faced each other.

AFC Wimbledon hold the distinction of being the first club formed in the 21st century to make it into the Football League. They earned five promotions in nine seasons and rose from the ninth tier (Combined Counties League) to the Football League.

Founded in 2002 after Wimbledon FC were given permission to relocate to Milton Keynes.

WHAT THE BOOKIES SAY Bluebirds to win (8/15), draw (17/5), AFC Wimbledon to win (11/2).

Eoin Doyle to be first on the scoresheet (5/1, Bet365) WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY Russell Slade (Cardiff City): "Wimbledon know how to put a cup run together. It was only last January they were playing Liverpool at home in the FA Cup and it took two Steven Gerrard goals to put them out.

"They will come with their strongest team and give us a tough match." Neal Ardley (AFC Wimbledon): "I have fantastic memories of my time at Cardiff City, both as a player and coach. I have stayed in touch with a lot of friends I made during that time and it will be good to go back."

WHO'S THE REF? Brendan Malone (Salisbury, Wiltshire). Aged 47. Ran the line at Wembley Stadium during the 2008 Johnstone's Paint Trophy final and awarded a penalty to Grimsby Town after 19 minutes for a foul by MK Dons goalkeeper Willy Gueret.

Gueret saved and Dons' went on to win 2-0.

DID YOU KNOW? AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley and his assistant, Neil Cox, are both former Cardiff City players. Their squad includes one ex-Bluebird in Jon Meades, who is in his second spell at AFC Wimbledon.

AND ANOTHER THING...AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley scored one goal for Cardiff City and that was against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in 2005. Ardley fired home from a free-kick and his goal was a key factor as the Bluebirds stayed out of relegation trouble.

TERRY PHILLIPS SAYS Home win. AFC Wimbledon will be competitive, but the Bluebirds will have too much for their visitors. Russell Slade's Cardiff will come out on top 3-1.

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Date:Aug 11, 2015
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