Sunderland will be aiming to continue their impressive start to the Championship campaign as they are set to host Cardiff City on Sunday afternoon in a game which kicks off at 15:00.
The Black Cats are currently sitting in 4th place in the Championship table, having amassed 13 points from their opening seven league outings. This has come following four wins, one draw and two defeats. Sunderland have started this season how they finished last campaign and have recorded impressive victories over Southampton, Rotherham and QPR.
The Black Cats have been particularly impressive in attack at the start of this campaign, with Jack Clarke scoring five times with a goal conversion of 50%.Tony Mowbray’s side featured in midweek action on Wednesday evening as they travelled to face Blackburn. First-half goals from Jack Clarke and Dan Neil provided Sunderland with an unassailable lead as they went on to win the game 3-1.
The Stadium of Light has proved to be a fortress so far this season, winning two of their three league games, whilst scoring eight goals in the process. Tony Mowbray will be hoping that his side can continue this impressive league form on Sunday afternoon.
Cardiff are currently sitting in 10th place in the Championship table following a mixed start to their season. The Bluebirds have amassed 10 points from their seven league games following three victories, three defeats and one draw.
Erol Burut’s side also featured in midweek action as they defeated Coventry in a highly exciting game. Despite only having 35% of the game’s possession, Cardiff managed to take three points from the game thanks to goals from Dimitrious Goutas, Karlan Grant and Kion Etete.
Sunderland and Cardiff City have met 68 times in all competitions, with Sunderland winning 26 games, Cardiff winning 22, and 20 games drawn. The first meeting between the two teams was in the FA Cup in 1921, with Sunderland winning 4-1.
The two teams have averaged 3.6 goals per game in their last 10 meetings, suggesting that fans can expect a high-scoring encounter when the two teams meet.These sides last met at the back-end of last season's Championship campaign. The only goal in the game came in the 61st minute when Dennis Cirkin scored from the rebound of a free kick.
Sunderland dominated the second half and could have scored more goals, but they were unable to find the net again. Tony Mowbray will be hoping that his side can put on a repeat of this performance this weekend to try and close the gap to the three sides above Sunderland in the league.
Unsurprisingly, given their impressive start to the season, it is Sunderland who come into this game as heavy favourites and are currently priced @ ⅚ to record a victory, whilst a surprise away victory for Cardiff is currently priced @ 16/5.
We are backing Jack Clarke to score the first goal in the game due to the impressive manner in which he has begun the season. Clarke has netted five times in his first eight outings and has averaged 0.69 goals each game.