Earlier today, Cardiff City lost 3-0 to the visiting Crystal Palace. A double from Jason Puncheon, on either side of a goal from former Bluebird Joe Ledley, pushed Cardiff further into crisis. They’re now 19th, six points from safety and without a game in hand, unlike a few other struggling sides.
Cardiff don’t have the hardest of run-ins, but there’s nothing simple about it either. Next week it’s away at Southampton, after which Cardiff will play host to Stoke, who are in fine form. There’s a relegation six-pointer at Sunderland, followed by away to Newcastle, which, considering Newcastle’s current form, just might be the Bluebirds’ best chance at points. The season finishes with Chelsea coming to town which, with the way the top of the table looks currently, could be a title-decider for the Blues.
With that in mind, is there any way Cardiff will remain in the Premier League for two consecutive seasons? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer isn’t optimistic.
Following the match, the Bluebirds boss said: “It is going to be difficult to stay up but we have got to be full of fight. It has been a tough season for everyone at the club and I think it showed towards the end. We have got to work hard and we need to produce a miracle to stay up now.”
A miracle, indeed. A stunning run in form combined with collapse from Norwich and West Bromwich Albion might do it. But as it stands, it looks like it’ll be back to just one Welsh side in the Premier League next season.