Apr 27, 2014 at 12pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
CardiffCardiff City
Wickham (26', 86'), Borini (45' pen.), Giaccherini (76')
Vergini (37'), Larsson (54'), Giaccherini (77'), Borini (83'), Gardner (90')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Mutch (36'), Medel (39'), Fabio (53')
Cala (45')

Preview: Sunderland vs. Cardiff City

Preview: Sunderland vs. Cardiff
© Getty Images
Sports Mole previews the Premier League encounter between Sunderland and Cardiff City.

Sunderland host Cardiff City on Sunday lunchtime knowing that three points could potentially take them out of the relegation zone.

The Black Cats stunned both Manchester City and Chelsea last week by taking four points off the title-chasing sides to close the gap from the bottom of the table to safety to just three points.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is likely to name the same starting lineup that performed so impressively at Stamford Bridge.

Five points from their last four games have helped Cardiff retain hope of avoiding the drop, and a win at the Stadium of Light could see the Bluebirds move out of the relegation zone.

Despite only drawing at home with Stoke City last weekend, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could name the same 11 players for the trip to the North-East.

Recent form

Sunderland: LLLLDW

Cardiff City: LLDLWD

Possible starting lineups

Sunderland: Mannone; Vergini, Alonso, O'Shea, Brown; Cattermole, Johnson, Larsson, Colback, Borini; Wickham

Cardiff City: Marshall; Theophile-Catherine, Fabio, Caulker, Torres; Medel, Kim, Mutch, Whittingham, Daehli; Campbell

Sports Mole says: 2-1

Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prior to kick-off against Swansea during their Premier League match on February 8, 2014
Read Next:
Solskjaer: 'Sunderland match a cup final'
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

1Wolverhampton WanderersWolves1392224131129
2Cardiff CityCardiff138321810827
3Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd139041811727
4Leeds UnitedLeeds137242112923
5Aston Villa136431913622
6Norwich CityNorwich136431314-122
7Bristol City135622014621
8Preston North EndPreston135621711621
9Derby CountyDerby125431713419
11Ipswich TownIpswich126062018218
12Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest136071721-418
14Hull City134452420416
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds134451616016
17Queens Park RangersQPR133641617-115
21Birmingham CityBirmingham13328821-1311
22Burton Albion13247625-1910
24Bolton WanderersBolton13139724-176