With Newcastle entrenched in a losing rut and facing a supporter backlash, Cardiff have been slipped a much-needed ace card in their bid to fend off relegation.
Three points on Tyneside will take them to 33 with one match remaining, a total which would at least give them a fighting chance of overturning microscopic odds of 1/20 for them to be banished to the Championship after one season amongst the elite.
Fail to pinch the spoils, though, and they may as well bid their Premier League status bon voyage before boarding the bus back to Wales.
Such an opportunity to land potentially life-saving away-day glory is rare in the extreme and with the Bluebirds having no choice but to swing for the fences, their General Sherman 27/10 match-betting price is a must-back.
The deckchair-dreaming Geordies have suffered a sextet of losses on the spin.
A feeble effort at Arsenal last time out resulted in a 3-0 loss and elevated the animosity for Alan Pardew from the Magpies fans.
Said supporters are apparently scheming a walkout midway through the match having seen their beloved fail to find the net in five of these six aforementioned slayings.
Since December 29, the north east outfit have lost eight of ten on their own patch.
This miserable run on the homestead has seen the Toon’s toothless attack register a laughable four goals.
More permeable than a soggy sheet of kitchen roll, Cardiff, sporting the second worst defence in the top-tier, will be giddy at the prospect of tackling such an inept attack.
Ever the charity cases, Newcastle have donated three points to the causes of Swansea, Fulham, Sunderland and West Brom in 2014.
Worried what may become of these relegation-threatened outfits, Pardiola’s charges gladly assisted in augmenting their points tallies.
This generosity overflowed into the FA Cup, where they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at home to their next adversaries in the third round of this year’s competition.