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.
After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.
The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury.
Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”
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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.
If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.
To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.
Mario Gotze could be out of action until 2016 after picking up a groin injury on international duty.
The Bayern Munich midfielder suffered a tendon tear in his abductor muscle while stretching for a ball in Germany’s 1-0 loss to Ireland in EURO qualifiers on Thursday. He was taken off in the 35th minute.
Ruled out for 10-12 weeks, Gotze is likely to miss the rest of the first half of the season for Bayern. Their last league match of 2015 is on December 19, which is 11 weeks away. The Bundesliga then goes on winter break, with Bayern’s next match not until January 23.
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Gotze will miss both of Bayern’s upcoming Champions League matches against Arsenal, which is good news for the Gunners as they are in desperate need of a result.
However, Arjen Robben is back in training and will make his return to action within the coming weeks. After starting the Bundesliga seasons with eight wins out of eight, Robben’s return would add just another weapon to Pep Guardiola’s dominant attack.
Robben has not played since being injured in early September while playing for the Netherlands, and could feature for Bayern against Werder Bremen next week.