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English Premier League Betting Preview: Cardiff City vs. Sunderland

Cardiff City sacked its manager and the visiting Black Cats offer good value to pounce on the Bluebirds' misfortune with a win outright, as does a draw with a low goal output.

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Cardiff City is the latest team to sack its manager as it parted ways with Malky Mackay on Friday. Although the home side is favoured by bookies worldwide, visiting Sunderland offers better value of the two clubs at 3.30 and it also has a little momentum on their side.

The Black Cats, who are last in the Premier League, are riding a three-game unbeaten run which includes a confidence building 1-0 victory at fifth-place Everton only days ago. A win today would see them climb from the basement to temporary safety in 16th spot, out of the relegation zone.

They are a sad 1-5-3 while on the road, and their three miniscule three away goals (worst in the league) will leave many hesitant to consider. However, they have not lost in three straight away games and giving Everton its first home loss this year will buoy their chances of stealing more points here.

The draw looks very promising at 3.10, with Sunderland producing three 0-0 bore draws in its last six matches -- while none of those six have been separated by more than a goal. The double draw is listed at 4.50, while another 0-0 result isn't as far-fetched as the 8.50 being offered for it.

Despite the turmoil at Cardiff City, the club is still favoured to win here with odds of 2.30 available at William Hill. The Bluebirds were soundly beaten 3-0 at home on Thursday to midtable side Southhampton and they have only one win over the last two months, a stretch lasting eight league games.

What is surprising is the odds listing of 2.75 for Sunderland not to score. The Black Cats only have three goals in nine away matches this season, while not a single player on the team has more than two goals. The team has averaged less than a goal per game, and that bet based on numbers alone is attractive.

While the 0-0 bore draw in the correct scorer pick has already been mentioned, the 1-1 draw is at 6.50 and William Hill offers your wager back if a 0-0 bore draw cracks. Not bad value picking for two poor offensive teams, neither of which have a player with more than three goals to his name.

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