Cardiff City and Sunderland meet at Cardiff City Stadium, in a match for the 27th round of the Championship. In the last head-to-head for this edition of the league, played on 09-23-2017, Cardiff City got an away win by (1-2). The record of recent direct confrontations between these two teams could not be more balanced, since there was 1 victory for each team in the last 2 games they played. The condition home / away deserves particular attention, because despite this being a match between 3rd and 24th of the league table, it is actually a match between the 2nd classified in home games and the 15th as a visitor.
After 14 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses, the home team is currently in the 3 rd position, with 47 points won. In the last match, they have lost in an away match against Queens Park Rangers by (2-1), after in the previous match they have lost (0-1) at home, against Preston North End. This is a team little affected by the home factor, that is, usually conquer as many points at home as outside. In his last games he scored 22 goals and suffered 10 at home, against 14 scored and 15 suffered as a visitor. The team comes to this match after a draw at home with Mansfield Town by (0-0). For the league, Cardiff City won 18 points out of 30 possible points, after 5 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses in the last 10 home matches. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 26 matches in the competition, he suffered the first goal 11 times and only managed 2 comebacks. In the last 13 home matches for this competition there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 4 of their 10 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
Cardiff come to this game with a scoreless draw against Mansfield, for the Cup of England, and thus is forced to play another game to find the winner of the tie. This game showed that the home team is not going through a good time, as they were not able to win at home against a team from the English fourth division. It is important to underline that Cardiff records four consecutive defeats in the championship.
In this game, it will be expected that coach Neil Warnock, play in his usual tactical system, 4-3-3, benefiting the maintenance of possession of the ball and leisurely attacks, always looking for the offensive reference Zohore. On the other hand, the extreme Hoillett is the player who stands out, since he contributed with 6 goals and 6 assists. What worries the local coach so far is the inability of his team to maintain possession of the ball. Absent due to physical problems continue Peltier, Connolly and Gunnarsson.
The away team is currently in the 24 th position of the league, with 22 points won, after 4 wins, 10 draws and 12 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Nottingham Forest, by (0-1). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Barnsley, by (0-1). This is a team that usually gets more positive results in away matches than at home, since they have won 14 points in away matches and 8 at their stadium, with 16 goals scored and 22 conceded in away matches, against 13 goals scored and 21 conceded at home. In the last match they played, for the FA Cup, they lost with Middlesbrough away by (2-0). In the last 10 away league matches Sunderland has a record of 2 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses, so they have won 10 points out of 30 possible. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-1 (5 out of 13 matches). Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 26 matches in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 17 times and never got the comeback.
Sunderland also played a tie for the Cup of England, but was not happy and was defeated by Sunderland, 2-0. In this way, the visitors concentrate all their attentions on the championship, since it occupies the last position in the qualifying table. We remember that Sunderland dropped out of the Premier League in the previous season. In the last game played away from home, Sunderland managed to beat Nottingham Forest, by 0-1.
Due to the complicated phase it goes through, the visiting team must opt for a more defensive strategy, with the lines very close, exploring only the space in the back of the opponent’s defense. Most likely the visiting team will be organized in 3-4-3. It is important to underline that Sunderland lost its great scorer, Lewis Grabban, player set by Bournemouth. For this game, coach Chris Coleman can not count on several players, due to injury: Watmore, Gooch, Cattermole, Kone, Williams and Gibson.
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