Last Chance Saloon for Cardiff
I personally believe that 35 points will be enough to keep you in the Premiership this season, meaning Cardiff City need nine points if my prediction proves to be correct.
April 3rd, 2014
In earlier articles I pinpointed February as the month that could really shape City’s future, and with them only picking up four points from a possible twelve I started to worry for their future.
However, following some much improved performances in March there is a little bit of hope that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could keep the Welsh side in arguably the best football league in the world.
In five fixtures during March, the former Manchester United striker has watched his side score ten goals which is a pretty impressive return, especially for a bottom-three club.
They started the month with narrow defeats against both Everton and Tottenham as well as a win against Fulham. Then Liverpool visited the Welsh capital, but despite scoring three goals and a real effort from the players they lost to a title-chasing side 6-3.
The weekend just gone Cardiff faced a massive game in the West Midlands when they took on fellow relegation rivals West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. Solskjaer’s side got off to a nightmare start by conceding two goals in the opening nine minutes.
For the football neutral it proved to be a fantastic watch, but not so much if you are of a Cardiff City persuasion as they pulled the game back to 2-2, only to concede a very late goal. It looked as if Cardiff’s Premiership dream was over, only for new signing Mats Moller Daehli to score a very late dramatic equalizer.
The celebrations by players, fans and manager alike said just how big a goal it was, and if they can take that good morale into their final games, they might just stay up.
They now must turn this ‘never-say-die’ attitude into points and quickly – but where can they pick them up?
Solskjar surely would’ve pinpointed the games against Sunderland and Crystal Palace as must-wins and I also believe Stoke is another they could take something from. All these games come in April so it really is last-chance saloon for City.
The last thing they want to do is go into May knowing they need to be picking up points against both Newcastle and Chelsea to stay in the division.