It has been a torrid last couple of weeks for Cardiff and it is likely to be an emotional evening when they host Bournemouth on Saturday night.
The Emiliano Sala tragedy has cast a huge shadow over the Welsh club and it has clearly been difficult for everybody at Cardiff to cope with.
It’s now down to Neil Warnock to try and rally his troops in order to give themselves a chance of survival – the Bluebirds are currently third from bottom and four points from safety.
Cardiff though may have been dealt a cruel hand by the fixture computer, having been handed the task of facing an in-form Bournemouth team.
In mid-January, Eddie Howe’s men had won just one of their last nine games in all competitons and found themselves in the bottom half of the table. But some key work in the transfer window and the return to form of a Cherries striker, has propelled them up to 10th.
Back-to-back wins for the visitors have caught the eye, especially the 4-0 mauling of Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium in midweek.
Not only have they collected six points but they have kept two cleans sheets and a big reason for that has been the impressive loan capture of Nathaniel Clyne from Liverpool.
With Cardiff’s goal scoring issues this term, another win-to-nil for Bournemouth is worth considering, especially as their last two meetings with the Bluebirds have ended in 2-0 and 1-0 victories.
At the other end of the pitch, Josh King has stepped up to the plate during a period when Callum Wilson has been struggling with injury. The Norwegian international has scored three times in the last two matches and must be considered in any goalscoring markets.
The head-to-head stats also point to Howe’s men, with Bournemouth unbeaten in five visits to Cardiff – a run that stretches back to 1995.