FootyMAD's Sunderland match preview

Last updated : 20 February 2004 By Footymad Previewer
History of the Cardiff City v Sunderland fixture

Cardiff City play host to Sunderland at Ninian Park on Saturday afternoon, looking to continue an impressive record. The Bluebirds are clearly on top, having won 16 and lost 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.

For a detailed analysis of the head-to-head between the two sides, click here

Recent encounters between the teams:
2003/2004Tue 14 OctSunderland0 - 0Cardiff CityLD1
1979/1980Sat 03 MayCardiff City1-1SunderlandDIV2
1979/1980Sat 08 DecSunderland2 - 1Cardiff CityDIV2
1978/1979Sat 28 AprSunderland1 - 2Cardiff CityDIV2
1978/1979Sat 09 DecCardiff City1 - 1SunderlandDIV2
1977/1978Sat 28 JanCardiff City5 - 2SunderlandDIV2
1977/1978Tue 04 OctSunderland1 - 1Cardiff CityDIV2

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.

For a detailed analysis of team form guides throughout the leagues, click here

Current form guides:PWDLFAP
Cardiff City6222778

FootyMad's prediction ...

These are testing times at Ninian Park for the Bluebirds and the Madmen are unable to see past Sunderland claiming victory in a close match.

Sequence statistics:
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.