Cardiff City vs Sunderland Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: Promotion-chasing Cardiff City will welcome basement club Sunderland to Wales in the Championship this weekend.
Last time: Cardiff recorded a 2-1 win over Sunderland when the two teams met at the Stadium of Light earlier this season. Joe Ralls scored the winner from the penalty spot after Lynden Gooch had cancelled out an opening goal from Craig Bryson.
This time: Cardiff are 4/5 to win it with Sunderland available at 43/10 and the draw at 11/4.
You might remember: These two teams played out a 2-2 draw at the Cardiff City Stadium when they met during the 2013-14 Premier League campaign. Jack Colback netted a 90th-minute equaliser for the Black Cats.
Cardiff’s last six: Won: 1 Drawn: 1 Lost: 4
Junior Hoilett and Anthony Pilkington should both return to the XI after coming off the bench against Mansfield Town in the FA Cup at the weekend.
Sol Bamba will also be among those to return for the Welsh outfit.
Sunderland’s last six: Won: 2 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3
James Vaughan started on the bench against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup at the weekend, but the striker should return to the Sunderland XI here.
Darron Gibson could also return, while Callum McManaman should keep his spot.
Betting Tips & Predictions
Cardiff will look to end a run of four straight Championship defeats when they welcome the league’s bottom side Sunderland to Wales this weekend. Neil Warnock’s side are still very much in the promotion picture as they sit third, but will be wary of the teams below them. Sunderland, on the other hand, will enter the match knowing that a win would see them move out of the relegation zone.
Cardiff are 4/5 to triumph as they look for the win that would move them back above Derby County into second spot in the table. The Welsh club have been victorious in eight of their 13 home Championship fixtures this season, but have lost to Fulham and Preston North End in their last two home league matches. It is vital that Warnock’s side put three points on the board as soon as possible.
Sunderland are 43/10 as they look for the win that would move them off the bottom of the Championship table, and indeed out of the bottom three. The Black Cats have been victorious in two of their last five in the league – including a 1-0 victory in their last away fixture at Nottingham Forest. That said, Chris Coleman’s side will enter the match off the back of defeats to Barnsley and Middlesbrough in the league and FA Cup respectively.
The draw is 11/4, and as mentioned, these two teams played out a 2-2 draw when they last met at the Cardiff City Stadium during the 2013-14 Premier League campaign. There is no question that Sunderland would take another point this weekend, and the same could be said for a Cardiff side looking to end their losing run. It will be a battle of tactics between Warnock and Coleman this weekend.
Kenneth Zohore is 4/1 in the first goalscorer market. The 23-year-old last scored against Fulham on Boxing Day, and will be keen to get among the goals once again on Saturday afternoon. The Dane certainly has the capabilities of causing Sunderland’s shaky defence a lot of problems, and can be backed at 15/2 to net two or more.
James Vaughan is 8/1 to open the scoring in this match. The 29-year-old has only managed two league goals this season, but could have some joy against a Cardiff side that shipped four at home to Fulham on Boxing Day. It is 17/5, meanwhile, that the Sunderland forward scores at any point during the match.
Predicted Score: Cardiff City 1 - 1 Sunderland
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The double chance market has some interesting value. Cardiff or draw can be backed at 2/9, while Sunderland or draw is 10/9.
Correct score of 1-1 can be backed at 13/2. Cardiff are the favourites on home soil, but there is no question that Warnock’s side are struggling for form at the moment. We fancy Sunderland to pick up a welcome point in Wales this weekend.
It’s a long shot, but:
Sunderland to win 2-0 is available at 30/1. Cardiff have lost their last two at the Cardiff City Stadium, and Sunderland beat Nottingham Forest in their last away Championship clash on December 30.
Written by Matt Law
Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.