Sunderland travel to take on Cardiff City at Ninian Park on Saturday afternoon, needing to turn around their fortunes at the ground. The Black Cats will be hoping to improve upon a record which has seen them lose 16 and win only 6 of the 27 games.
The last time the two teams met at Cardiff City was amazingly over twenty years ago, in May 1980, where the two sides shared the spoils courtesy of a 1 - 1 final scoreline in a Second Division match.
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|Recent encounters between the teams:|
|2003/2004||Tue 14 Oct||Sunderland||0 - 0||Cardiff City||LD1|
|1979/1980||Sat 03 May||Cardiff City||1 - 1||Sunderland||DIV2|
|1979/1980||Sat 08 Dec||Sunderland||2 - 1||Cardiff City||DIV2|
|1978/1979||Sat 28 Apr||Sunderland||1 - 2||Cardiff City||DIV2|
|1978/1979||Sat 09 Dec||Cardiff City||1 - 1||Sunderland||DIV2|
|1977/1978||Sat 28 Jan||Cardiff City||5 - 2||Sunderland||DIV2|
|1977/1978||Tue 04 Oct||Sunderland||1 - 1||Cardiff City||DIV2|
Recent respective form guides
Cardiff City's poor home run has seen them win just 1 and draw 2 of the last six. While Bluebirds have scored 6, a worringly large 9 have been leaked at the other end.
Sunderland's away form is none too clever either, with two wins, two draws, and two defeats. The Black Cats's have a narrow positive goal difference over these games, with 10 goals for and 9 against.
Cardiff City's 43 points from 31 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 12th position. Sunderland lie just outside the playoff positions in the Nationwide League Division One, picking up 48 from their 29 games so far.
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FootyMad's prediction ...
The away form of the Black Cats has not been the best, though the Footymad panel sees them pulling off a narrow win on their visit to Cardiff City. Away win
|Cardiff City||Not won in the 3 most recent games.|
|Sunderland||Drawn each of the last 2 games.|
No win in the 2 most recent games.