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Sunderland draw no bet has legs against Mackay-less Cardiff

| 27.12.2013

Given that Malky Mackay seemed to have the backing of the players and the supporters at Cardiff before being relieved of his managerial duties, it is hard to know what to expect of the home side when Sunderland arrive in Wales for the next round of Premier League fixtures.

After all, this is a Sunderland side that may be bottom of the standings, but they have kept three consecutive clean sheets and shut out the opposition in three straight away games too.

Fresh from inflicting a first home defeat on Everton this season, many will regard 11/5 a solid price on Sunderland following up with another win at Cardiff.

It is Cardiff that are favourites for victory at 5/4 and given that their home results have followed a pattern of 1-0 win, 3-0 defeat of late, the Bluebirds are due a triumph here if this sequence is to continue.

For believers of patterns and sequences, the 6/1 on offer for a 1-0 Cardiff win may have even greater appeal.

Further ammunition for a Cardiff victory comes with the knowledge that they have won both home games so far this season against opposition currently residing in the bottom half of the Premier League.

However, acknowledging the unknowns surrounding of how Cardiff will perform, the stand-out bet appears to be the 6/5 available on the Sunderland success in the draw no bet market.

Some interesting statistics relating to these two is that Sunderland are yet to score more second-half goals than any of their opposition so far this season, while Cardiff are yet to lose a game in which they have scored first.

Therefore, those fancying the Sunderland victory may rather take odds of 17/4 that Gus Poyet’s men are ahead at both half-time and full time, with Cardiff 17/10 to win the second 45 minutes.