Liverpool v Cardiff City Preview

December 19, 2013 | By

Sky Bet - £30 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountPremiership action Saturday Lunch Time comes from Anfield Stadium and features Liverpool versus Cardiff City.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on BT Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 12:45pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Liverpool v Cardiff City Preview, Premiership, Saturday 21st December 2013

Liverpool players and fans will be fully aware that they can go top of the Premiership league table with a victory on saturday afternoon at Anfield Stadium and with the form that Brendan Rogers side have been in recently this does seem to look a foregone conclusion, especially with a certain Luis Suarez leading the attack up front.

Cardiff City have managed to pull a few places clear of the bottom three with their victory over West Brom last weekend, but this is obviously going to be an extremely difficult game for Malky Mackay’s side and I would expect the visitors to start this game with pretty much everyone behind the ball with the exception of Frazier Campbell up front in an attempt to try and frustrate their hosts.

However, it does seem an almost impossible task and it looks like the first 20mins of this match will probably decide just how many Liverpool will win this game by on saturday afternoon.

Liverpool Team News:

Jose Enrique, Sebastian Coates, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge are all unavailable for the hosts as they continue to receive treatment for respective injury problems. 4-3-3 looks the likely formation that manager Brendan Rogers will use for this game which will see Luis Suarez leading the attack up front with support in midfield being provided by Henderson, Sterling and Coutinho.

Striker Luis Suarez is the clubs current top goalscorer this season with 17.

Cardiff City Team News:

No injuries or suspensions for the visitors so expect manager Malky Mackay to play his strongest lineup available which should consist of 4-2-3-1 formation which will see Fraizer Campbell leading the attack up front with support from midfield coming from Odemwingie, Whittingham and Craig Noone.

Striker Frazier Campbell is the clubs current top goalscorer this season with 3.

Liverpool v Cardiff City Head to Head Statistics:

Saturday’s lunch time game from Anfield Stadium will become the 23rd meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Liverpool have won 9 (6 at Anfield Stadium) times, Cardiff City have won 11 (5 at Anfield Stadium) times with the remaining 2 (0 at Anfield Stadium) games having finished all square.

The previous 5 games played between the two clubs show Cardiff City having a slight advantage having won 3 games with Liverpool having won 2.

26/02/12 LEC Cardiff City – Liverpool 2 : 2 (2-3 Pens)
31/10/07 LEC Liverpool – Cardiff City
2 : 1
17/04/54 PRL Liverpool – Cardiff City 0 : 1
27/11/53 PRL Cardiff City – Liverpool 3 : 1
06/04/53 PRL Cardiff City – Liverpool 4 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

68 goals have been scored in the previous 22 games played between the two clubs which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 3.09 which strongly suggests that this game should see at least a few goals scored on Saturday afternoon.

Liverpool v Cardiff City Recent Form (Left to Right)

Liverpool: D L W W W

Cardiff City: D L D L W

Liverpool have a commanding advantage on the recent form statistics having won 3 of their last 5 matches played. Cardiff City have struggled in their previous 5 games played having only managed to win 1.

Liverpool v Cardiff City United Match Betting Odds Market

Liverpool are the clear odds on favourites to win this game with the online bookmakers offering up an extremely short price of 2/9 with Paddy Power (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) which should not come as much of a shock to anyone considering the form Brendan Rogers side have been in of late.

The Draw has not been a result that has occured much when these two clubs have met each other in the past and does look an unlikely outcome on saturday afternoon at odds of 6/1 with Betfred (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

Cardiff City are not expected to come even close to winning this game on saturday afternoon with the online bookmakers offering up a huge price of 14/1 with Stan James (£10 Free Bets for New Customers) for the visitors to cause what would be a massive shock.

Liverpool v Cardiff City Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Liverpool are still without the services of Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge for this game, but that does not seem to have made much difference to their performance as their 5-0 thumping of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane last weekend clearly indicates and Cardiff City will have to be at their very best defensively if they are to avoid a bit of a hammering on saturday afternoon.

Luis Suarez took his season tally to 17 goals in that victory against Spurs last weekend and the controversial Uruguian striker has now scored more goals than many of the clubs have in total in the Premiership this season which just goes to show what a class act he is and with home advantage and a packed out Anfield Stadium bellowing out Suarez’s name at the weekend, we should expect the Liverpool hitman to add at least another couple to his total when all is said and done come saturday afternoon.

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay will have to give the pre-game dressing room talk of his life to get his players prepared for what awaits when they head out on the Anfield turf and the defence will have to be at their very best if they are to avoid following a similar defeat that befell Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

No real value in taking a Liverpool victory with the online bookmakers having them priced up at such short odds to win this game, but there could be value in the goals market as the average goals per game statistics are suggesting this match should see it’s fair share on saturday afternoon.

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