Our prediction for this Championship match:
Buoyed by a 3-1 win over Blackpool, Cardiff City will be aiming to escape the danger zone when they host Sunderland to their Cardiff City Stadium on Monday afternoon. The Bluebirds are high on confidence ahead of the visit of Sunderland, and we are positive that they will leave their hearts on the field. All Callum Robinson, Ebou Adams, and Jamilu Collins are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
The Black Cats, meanwhile, suffered a dip in form, with the team failing to win the previous four league fixtures. Considering that Sunderland have slim playoffs chances, we are going to bet on the relegation-threatened hosts this time out. All Nial Huggins, Daniel Ballard, Jewison Bennette, Aji Alese, Corry Evans, Ross Stewart, and Elliot Embleton are out of contention through injuries, speaking of the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Callum Robinson):
Born in Northampton, Callum Robinson started his career at Aston Villa. Having gone through the youth ranks with the Villans, Robinson was given his first-team debut in 2013. As a product of the Aston Villa academy, Robinson unfortunately never got a chance to prove his worth at the club and ended up playing no less than 4 league appearances during his three-year stay at Villa Park.
Various loan spells – at Preston North End on two occasions and Bristol City – brought mixed fortunes for the striker up until 2016 when he sealed a permanent move with the Lillywhites. Robinson represented England at U16, U17, U19 and U20 levels but raised plenty of eyebrows when he declared for the Republic of Ireland in March 2018 through his late grandmother who was from Monaghan.
The striker made his senior team breakthrough in Republic of Ireland’s 2-2 draw with Celtic in Scott Brown’s testimonial match and will be hoping to prove doubters wrong and prove his motive is bigger than career opportunism.
Highlighted Team (Sunderland):
Sunderland are a professional football club that have been playing their home games at the Stadium of Light since 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000, but before expansion the original ground capacity was 42,000. Red and White shirts are Sunderland’s trademark and the club’s fiercest rivals are Newcastle United. The two local rivals have been contesting in the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898 and there have always been fireworks in what is one of the greatest derbies in English football. Sunderland were on the verge of dropping to the Championship in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but experienced tactician Sam Allardyce eventually helped the team avoid relegation.
The Black Cats have won six First Division trophies (now the Premier League), with the team lifting two FA Cup titles. Sunderland won their first FA Cup trophy in 1937, with the team beating Preston North End 3-1 in the title game. The club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C.