Cardiff had to overcome just one Premier League team on their road to Wembley. And it was against strugglers Blackburn. Liverpool won at Stoke, Chelsea and took Man City over two legs. Their first home game in the competition was the 2nd leg against Man City. They did have one less round to play though.
Round 1. Oxford (a) won AET
Round 2. Huddersfield (h) won AET
Round 3. Leicester City (h) won on penalties
Round 4. Burnley (h) won in 90 mins
Round 5. Blackburn (h) won in 90 mins
Round 6. Crystal Palace. Won on penalties. Level after two legs.
Round 2. Exeter (a) won in 90 mins
Round 3. Brighton (a) won in 90 mins
Round 4. Stoke (a) won in 90 mins
Round 5. Chelsea (a) won in 90 mins
Round 6. Man City. Won on agg over two legs.
Cardiff City v Liverpool