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Sunderland vs Cardiff: Our top betting tips
Sunderland are looking to make it three games without defeat here. Will they see off the challenge of Cardiff here? Find out with our Sunderland vs Cardiff match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.
Sunderland to win it
We kick off our predictions for this match by backing Sunderland to win. The Black Cats have taken seven points from their last 15 available whilst, at home, they've lost just one of their last five games. By contrast, Cardiff have been in rather ropey form; they've taken three points from their last five matches with four of those games ending in defeat. With better general form and home advantage on their side, we fancy Sunderland to win here and odds of 5/4 (2.25) are very generous.
Under 2.5 goals
Our next prediction for this game sees us backing under 2.5 goals. Sunderland have seen three of their last four matches go south of the 2.5 mark including each of their last two games. Cardiff meanwhile have also seen three of their five matches come in under the 2.5 cut off. If you translate that form into percentage that gives Sunderland a 75% ‘under' rating with Cardiff's ‘under' percentage coming in at 60%. With the odds on offer coming in at 8/13 (1.62), we think there is reasonable value to be had here.
Here are the key stats & form guide for Sunderland vs Cardiff
Are both sides in danger of falling into a relegation battle?
Neither of these sides look like troubling the playoff contenders in the league but both could get sucked into trouble at the other end of the standings. Sunderland are currently clear of that bother as they sit on 24 points in 12th place, however, Cardiff are only two points off the bottom three and also only three points behind their hosts. Things could look very different for both clubs over the next few weeks depending on who takes the three points here.
Sunderland have seemingly established themselves nicely in midtable on their return to the second tier of English football, which they'll be delighted with. That's especially true considering their injury list. They currently have five players ruled out including the likes of Ross Stewart and Lynden Gooch.
Sunderland Predicted lineup – Patterson, Cirkin, Batth, Wright, O'Nien, Roberts, Pritchard, Embleton, Evans, Diallo, Dajaku
Cardiff are struggling down towards the bottom of the table and things don't look like getting much easier when you see how many players are ruled out ahead of this match. Callum Robinson is suspended whilst Isaak Davies, Ebou Adams and Rubin Colwill are amongst those injured.
Cardiff Predicted lineup – Allsop, Romeo, Ng, Kipre, Nkounkou, Rinomhota, Wintle, Ralls, Harris, O'Dowda, Philogene-Bidace
A quickfire FAQ on Sunderland vs Cardiff
- Where is the match being hosted? – The Stadium of Light
- Who do the bookmakers have as favourites? – Sunderland
- What time does the match kick off? 3 PM GMT