After suffering a heavy defeat against Swansea in his first game in charge, Al Hain-Cole expects the Uruguayan boss to make life more difficult for Welsh opposition this time out
Gus Poyet's men are now unbeaten in four matches in all competitions and available at 23/10 (3.30) with Paddy Power to extend that run with all three points at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Meanwhile, Malky Mackay's position will have become even more precarious after his side's 3-0 home defeat by Southampton, although they are 5/4 (2.25) favourites to bounce back by claiming a crucial victory.
Three of the visitors' four unbeaten games have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 11/5 (3.20) on the teams cancelling each other out once again.
While that win at Goodison will have felt like an unexpected late Christmas present for the Black Cats, they will travel to the Welsh capital knowing that the pressure is on to get a good result.
Having lost 4-0 away to Swansea in his first game in charge, Poyet has since managed to instil his team with a greater resilience that has seen them concede just 14 goals in 11 games, compared to the 16 in seven under his predecessor Paolo Di Canio.
The former Brighton boss will therefore head back to Wales confident of avoiding the type of defeat he suffered on his debut, particularly as their hosts have managed just two goals in their last six games.
What's more, considering the Bluebirds have conceded only 13 goals in their nine Premier League home games, this encounter looks sure to be decided by the odd goal, meaning odds of 10/11 (1.91) are not to be missed on no more than one team finding the net.
That bet would have paid out in seven of Sunderland's last nine league games, as well as eight of Cardiff's last 10.
In fact, with no more than one goal being scored in six of the guests' last nine and four of the hosts' previous eight home games in the Premier League, odds of 2/1 (3.00) seem rather generous on under 1.5 going in when they come face-to-face.
|'No' on both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power
||Under 1.5 goals for a 1pt stake at 2/1 (3.00) with Paddy Power
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