The next two home matches are both to use an age old cliché ‘must win matches’. Hull City and then later Fulham are two teams embroiled in the relegation battle along with Cardiff, and the most important thing when you are in amongst this battle is to take points of the teams around you. Matches against the Chelsea’s and the Manchester City’s are written off completely with sole focus being placed on the matches against teams close by.
Should Cardiff lose those matches, they will find themselves at the foot of the table with difficult fixtures against Everton and Liverpool to follow and from that point you would have to feel that Premier League safety may be just beyond Solskjaer’s team.
Alternatively, though, if Cardiff can turn things around, translate their possession into chances created and put a couple of goals past Hull City and Fulham, then avoiding the drop suddenly appears very realistic despite recent form leading me to worry for Cardiff’s status as a top-flight club.
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