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Watch Live: Cardiff City vs. Aston Villa (Lineups and Discuss)

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On Tuesday there’s a huge relegation clash in the Welsh capital, as Cardiff City host Aston Villa (Watch live online, 2:45pm ET, via NBC Sports Live Extra) in a real six-pointer at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The Bluebirds have been in free-fall for quite some time, and coming off the back of a sickening 3-0 defeat to Swansea in the South Wales derby last Saturday, home fans will be expecting a response as Ole Gunnar Solksjaer aims to drag his team out of the relegation zone.


However Aston Villa won’t be the ideal opponents to face, not because Villa are having a terrific season, but because they have been pretty darn good away from home. Villa have won four of their 12 away games thus far, as opposed to just three victories at Villa Park all season. Form like that sees the Midlands club sit just four points above the drop zone before kick off, as Cardiff have the chance to pull yet another team into the mire. Four of Cardiff’s five PL victories this season have come at home but they’ve scored just 12 goals in front of their own fans, something has to change if Cardiff will stay up.

In team news Cardiff start with, while Craig Bellamy is replaced by Frazer Campbell after his ban, while Mutch, Theophile-Catherine and Noone all come into the lineup. As for Villa, they bring in captain Vlaar, winger Albrighton and Bennett to their starting lineup.


Cardiff City: Marshall; Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, John; Zaha, Mutch, Medel, Noone; Campbell, Jones. Subs: Lewis; Eikrem, Cowie, Cala, Daehli, Berget, Fabio

Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett, Bertrand, Westwood, Albrighton, Delph, Benteke, Agbonlahor. Subs: Steer, El Ahmadi, Sylla, Helenius, Holt, Clark, Weimann

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City SC 2-1 Montreal Impact

Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

The game in 100 words (or less): For weeks, it was a widely held belief that the Montreal Impact would snatch up the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference with little or no resistance from their opposition. As they went six games unbeaten (four wins), all looked to be setting up perfect for the club that fired Frank Klopas midseason, but there was another team in the race for sixth that kept winning themselves: Orlando City SC. On Saturday night, Montreal and Orlando City faced off at the Citrus, with the expansion Lions claiming their fourth-straight victory with a 2-1 triumph. Montreal now holds a one-point lead on Orlando in the race for sixth, and have two games in hand, but it’s no longer a foregone conclusion L’Impact will qualify for the playoffs no resistance whatsoever.

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Three moments that mattered

33′ — Bush’s mistake gifts Larin the opening goal — Larin did what your taught to do as a striker — “put it on frame, test the goalkeeper” — but in no universe does a shot so feeble have any business finding the back of the net. Evan Bush has been great this year. Hopefully (for Montreal’s sake), this howler doesn’t turn into the yips with the playoffs looming.

43′ — Hall’s “mistake” gifts Oduro an equalizer — Dominic Oduro equalized in the 43rd minute, when he took the ball out of the hands of Tally Hall and smashed it into the back of the net, but the goal should have been disallowed due to Hall having full control of the ball.

80′ — Hines hits the winner for Orlando — Seb Hines put the ball back into the mixer and just so happened to find the back of the net in the 80th minute. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

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Man of the match: Seb Hines

Goalscorers: Larin (33′), Oduro (43′), Hines (80′)

MLS Snapshot: NY Red Bulls 2-1 Columbus Crew SC

Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
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The game in 100 words (or less): Two weeks in a row Columbus Crew SC have had a chance to go top of the Eastern Conference with a victory, and two weeks in a row Crew SC have failed to take a single point from massively important fixtures. Their latest defeat, a 2-1 humbling at the hands of the East-leading New York Red Bulls, started so well for Gregg Berhalter’s side, but was undone by a pair of costly, comedic defensive errors that allowed Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips (15th of the season) to erase an early deficit (Justin Meram) and win all three points. The result not only keeps the Red Bulls top of the East, but gives them a three- and four-point cushion with three and two games in hand on their nearest competitors., D.C. United and New England Revoltion respectively. For Crew SC, they’re four points back of the Red Bulls in fourth place, one point ahead of fifth-place Toronto FC, who have a game in hand.

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Three moments that mattered

9′ — Meram pokes it past Robles for an early lead — Meram “earned” his goal all the way back in midfield, when the Iraqi international’s mazy run took a routine turnover inside Crew SC’s defensive half and turned it into a dangerous counter-attacking opportunity. Harrison Afful overlapped and provided the cross for Meram to send home.

12′ — Sam capitalizes on multiple mistakes to equalize — Crew SC pass the ball out of the back. They don’t boot it forward to clear. It’s just what they do. Sometimes, that’ll bite you. When your goalkeeper and right back both have blunders clearing the ball 10 seconds apart, you probably deserve to concede an ugly, scrappy goal.

21′ — Wright-Phillips capitalizes on more defensive gaffes — See the above description for Red Bulls goal no. 1.

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Man of the match: Damien Perrinelle

Goalscorers: Meram (9′), Sam (12′), Wright-Phillips (21′)