Sunderland vs Cardiff Predictions

Sunderland vs Cardiff Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews. In-form pair Sunderland and Cardiff clash on Wearside. The hosts, after the convincing away win against Blackburn, are looking to keep the momentum going at home. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.

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Sunderland vs Cardiff Predictions




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A Duel of Championship Aspirants

Key Stats
– Sunderland have plundered 11 goals in their last three matches.
– Cardiff City have managed only a single point from their last three away matches.
– Jack Clarke boasts five goals for Sunderland this season, marking him as the man to watch.

Sunderland are preparing to welcome Cardiff City this Sunday, aiming for their fourth consecutive win in the Championship. Currently seated in a respectable fourth place, they are facing a Cardiff team in form, who could potentially match their points tally with a win. Early in the season, murmurs arose around the potential sacking of Tony Mowbray due to a rocky start. However, the Sunderland chiefs seem vindicated in their patience. From potential relegation candidates, they’ve soared to the top four after amassing an impressive 13 points out of the last 15 available.

The Black Cats have shown remarkable offensive prowess, registering 11 goals in their three most recent matches. Their clash against Queens Park Rangers was a testament to their resilience, having come from behind even with a numerical advantage after an early red card to their opponents. Jack Clarke, with five goals, has illuminated their attacking forays. But perhaps what’s even more noteworthy is the spread of goal contributors, with eight distinct players marking the scoresheet in merely seven games.

Cardiff City’s Ambitious Drive

On the flip side, Cardiff City are showing signs of a team ready to challenge for promotion. Their stumble against Leeds United at the start of the season seems a distant memory as they currently reside in the 10th position. The three victories that have bolstered their recent form were all clinched in South Wales. These tight encounters against Sheffield Wednesday, Swansea City, and Coventry City might not have been the most emphatic, but manager Erol Bulut will undoubtedly be content with the results.


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The Bluebirds have demonstrated a significant attacking threat, boasting the joint-third best offensive record in the league. However, tightening their defensive setup remains a priority to solidify their top-six aspirations.

Tactical Approaches and Player Focus

For the upcoming clash, Mowbray is likely to favour the same lineup that secured victory against Blackburn. However, there could be a debate around the inclusion of Chelsea loanee, Mason Burstow, given his subdued performances. Patrick Roberts, on the other hand, might just provide the edge they need.

On Cardiff’s end, the return of Aaron Ramsey could be instrumental. Having been rested in their last game due to a minor thigh concern, his re-entry into the lineup would likely be at the expense of Joe Ralls. Up front, the choice between Yakou Meite, Ike Ugbo, or Ollie Tanner could prove crucial for Bulut.

Statistical Insights and Predictions

Sunderland’s Dominance: Based on the recent performance metrics, the BettingTips4You Expert Rating has Jack Clarke at the pinnacle for Sunderland with a rating of 7.89. Their offensive statistics highlight their potency, with an average of 2.1 goals scored per match. Their ball possession stands at a commendable 56.1%, underlining their control in games.

Cardiff’s Resilience: Aaron Ramsey leads the Cardiff charts with a 7.40 rating. Their attacking metrics are slightly behind Sunderland’s, with 1.9 goals per game on average. However, their ball possession of 45.3% indicates a more counter-attacking approach.

Prediction 1 (Market – Both teams to score): Both teams have showcased attacking verve. Sunderland’s form and Cardiff’s away goal record suggests that both teams will find the net.

Prediction 2 (Correct Score): Given Sunderland’s strong home form and Cardiff’s defensive lapses on the road, a 3-1 win for Sunderland seems plausible.

Prediction 3 (Goalscorer Prediction): Jack Clarke, with his recent form and consistent goal contributions, is a prime candidate to get on the scoresheet.




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