Cardiff City Stadium - Premier League
Sunday’s clash between Cardiff City and Liverpool is a game of huge consequence at both ends of the Premier League table. The Bluebirds recorded a huge win in midweek, but the visitors are chasing the title and on an excellent run of form.
Liverpool have won the last five meetings between the sides, with one of those a penalty shootout victory in the League Cup back in 2012. The Reds won 6-3 on their last visit to the Cardiff City Stadium five years ago, while more recently Jurgen Klopp’s side eased to a 4-1 victory at Anfield earlier this season.
Harry Arter has picked up a muscle injury and misses this game, which is another big blow for Neil Warnock who’s without Sol Bamba and Callum Paterson for the remainder of the season. Jazz Richards and Alex Smithies are also doubts, while Matthew Connolly is out.
The visitors have a relatively clean bill of health, which could prove crucial in their run-in. Long-term absentee Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to be the only player missing for this game, but even he’s approaching a return to first team action following knee surgery.
Cardiff City v Liverpool Preview and Predictions
At any other point of the season, this fixture would surely be classed as a walkover for Liverpool. However, Cardiff breathed new life into their survival battle in midweek, so is there a chance the Bluebirds can upset the odds and put a dent in their visitors’ title challenge?
In truth, probably not. Cardiff have lost all 10 of their games so far this season against the top six, while Liverpool have won their last seven matches. Warnock’s side beat relegation rivals Brighton 2-0 in their own backyard on Tuesday night, putting in a classic away performance to snatch the points. They’re only two points behind the Seagulls now, who have some tough games coming up.
However, Liverpool are on a completely different level to Brighton - and most other teams in the country - having only lost once in the Premier League all season. That was away to Manchester City, while Cardiff don’t even have the benefit of an extra few days to prepare for the game due to their own midweek exertions.
All that means the away team are huge favourites in the betting, priced at 2/9. Cardiff are available at 16/1, while the draw’s priced at 11/2. Anything other than a win won’t do for Liverpool as they try to wrestle the title from City, and they should have more than enough to get it.
Liverpool to win and BTTS at 2/1
Cardiff should be full of beans after their fantastic result in midweek, while they’ve scored seven goals in 10 games against the top six this season, including one at Anfield. Liverpool should still win though.
Mohamed Salah to score first at 10/3
The Egypt international has sprung back into life in Liverpool’s recent games, scoring two wonderful goals against Southampton and Chelsea, the latter a 25-yard screamer.