He wasn’t helped on Boxing Day by his team losing 3-0 at home to Southampton, with Cardiff trailing by three goals at half-time and the way that they start games must be a cause of concern. They were 3-0 down at Anfield last Saturday and are just a point above the relegation zone.
The 41-year-old will miss out on a chance to bid a proper farewell to the supporters, with Sky Bet bookie offering attractive odds of 13/10 that the Welsh side claim victory against a team propping up the division although Sunderland’s tails will be up after a surprise win at Goodison Park on Thursday.
Cardiff have just about kept their heads above water this season in the Premier League, landing a victory when they have started to sink towards the dreaded drop zone, while they have been tough cookies in front of their own supporters.
The aim has very much been to make themselves hard to beat, with an early season victory over Manchester City being followed up by draws against Everton and Manchester United. They will look upon this match as a must-win encounter as City aim to get towards that magic 40-point mark.
Sunderland will have to buck the trend that suggests that any team bottom of the top flight on Christmas Day faces a tough old battle to get themselves out of the drop zone, with West Brom the only side that have gone against that particular statistic.
Bet365 offer odds of 13/5 about the visitors following up that win on Merseyside with another victory on the road and Gus Poyet must have been delighted by the application shown by his players against the Toffees.
Poyet stated before the game that his team were running out of time to get themselves out of trouble although victory here could potentially lift them out of the drop zone as we reach the halfway stage of the campaign.
Neither team have got a prolific scorer in their team right now and you have to imagine that the 7/10 about two goals or less will cop with Ladbrokes based on Sunderland’s aim to keep things really tight and look to sneak a few 1-0 winning scorelines that will ensure they get out of trouble.
Perhaps the disarray at Cardiff will see the visitors edge the contest and Emanuele Giaccherini is a star turn who will be hoping to line up for Italy against England during the 2014 World Cup, with the £6.5million signing looking for his first goal since September.
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