One point separate Sunderland and Cardiff City at the foot of the Barclay’s Premier League ahead of their game at the Stadium of Light.
It will be divine light the Black Cats will be seeking at lunch time today. After Cardiff, Sunderland travel to Old Trafford before welcoming West Brom and Swansea on the last day of the season.
Thus, the importance of their tie against Cardiff is immense considering how tight it is at the bottom of the table. Sunderland have a number of injury concerns., defender Carlos Cuellar is still nursing a hamstring tear while influential midfielder Ki Sung – Yueng is partnered by Steven Fletcher and Kieran Westwood on the sideline.
In the Cardiff camp, Craig Bellamy looks set to play some role for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Only the eternal optimist will continue to believe either side can stay up, however with the remaining fixtures of both sides it looks as though both will go down.
Cardiff travel to St. James Park next week followed by the visit of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. Gus Poyet and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are two men planning for life in the championship next season, however, Sunderland look set to build on last weeks shock win at Stamford Bridge and may take all three points.
BLACK CATS: Mannone, Vergini, Alonso, O’Shea (c), Brown, Cattermole, Larsson, Colback, Johnson, Borini, Wickham.
subs: Bardsley, Gardner, Altidore, Giaccherini, Bridcutt, Scocco, Ustari.
BLUEBIRDS: Marshall; KTC, Caulker (C), Cala, Fabio; Cowie, Medel, Whittingham, Dæhli; Mutch, Campbell.
subs: Lewis; Turner, Jones, Eikrem, Zaha, Bellamy, John.