Sunderland vs Cardiff City
2017/18 EFL Championship
Date: Saturday, 23rd September 2017
Kick off at 15:00 UK/16:00 CET
Venue: Stadium of Light.
Sunderland’s promotion hopes are already shattering and it will be interesting to see them face a high-flying opposition like Cardiff.
Sunderland lost another 2 points last game. They played Hull away in a tough fixture and were somewhat unlucky to get just a point. James Vaugham opened the score early for Sunderland. The team tried to hold onto the score but Hull managed to get an equalizer after 82 minutes of play as sub Meyler found the net for 1-1.
Cardiff had a tough opposition to face last round. They played Sheffield Wednesday ambitious side trying to get another 3 points to their name. Still Sheffiled proved to be a tough nut to break again as the opened the score in the first half. Cardiff ried their best to equalize and the fortune finally smiled at them as Bamba scored deep into the added time.
Form and Tactical Analysis
Disappointing is probably the first word you come up to when you see Sunderland’s form. Instead of fighting for promotion they are currently just a palace above the relegation zone. 6 points in 8 game is an atrocious record and the team is already looking out of the promotion battle with just 8 games passed.
Sunderland are trying to control their games though a 4-2-3-1 formation. The team though is having serious issues like last year in terms of scoring. They fail both to create and convert chances and that is costing them too much currently.
Cardiff lowered the throttle in recent weeks. The team had an amazing start of the season followed by 3 games without a victory. These games were all against top oppositions though and 2 of them were away so we shouldn’t bother too much. Cardiff are sitting on 3rd place and will be going into this game with confidence.
The team plays in a 4-2-3-1 formation trying to control the game. Their main outlet up front is Zohore and he is the main threat to the opposition defensive line.
Sunderland vs Cardiff: Head to head
In the 8 head to head clashes between the sides we can see 4 victories for Sunderland, 2 for Cardiff and 2 draws.
At home The Black Cats have 2 victories, defeat and a draw.
Sunderland are unbeaten in the last 3 games against Cardiff.
Sunderland vs Cardiff: Prediction
Sunderland are not looking very confident currently. They are having troubles at both ends of the pitch. Cardiff are having troubles against top sides and it will be interesting to see whether they hold respect for Sunderland and the approach they will have. Cardiff are looking to be the stronger side as they have a good defensive line and doesn’t have much trouble finding the net.
Sunderland vs Cardiff: Bet Tips
Cardiff 0.0 AH for 1.82 with Pinnacle.
BTTS: No for 2.00 with Unibet.