Cardiff City v Liverpool Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Cardiff City v Liverpool

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Sunday, April 21, 2019


Cardiff City Stadium

Punter's Pick

Despite this scenario, it is hard to look beyond a Liverpool victory and there is little value in backing an outright win. Instead a -4 corner handicap at 11/10 with Bet365 for Liverpool could be good value considering they won the last game 8-0 on corners. The likelihood is that most of the game will be played in the Cardiff half and with Liverpool’s attacking frontline and fullbacks, the chances of the Reds racking up the corners is high. Sadio Mane to score anytime and continue his hot goalscoring streak is well priced at 11/10 with the same bookmaker.

Cardiff welcome Liverpool to the Cardiff City Stadium, with both teams desperate for a win to keep their aspirations at opposite sides of the table alive. Cardiff are battling to remain in the Premier League and still have a chance of securing their top-flight status, with Liverpool eager to maintain pressure on Manchester City who regained pole position after their win over Tottenham Hotspur. This is a game where a loss for either will doom one to potential relegation and the other to miss out on the title.

Cardiff gave themselves a real lifeline when they won their proverbial six-pointer against Brighton last time out. Goals from Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison helped secure a 2-0 victory at the Amex Stadium and they are just three points behind Chris Hughton’s men with four games to go. Neil Warnock will be grateful for any kind of result in this game and will most likely be looking to the games against Fulham and Crystal Palace as the ones where his team can gain maximum points.

Liverpool come into this game on the back of an impressive performance in the Champions League, beating Porto away 4-1. Goals from their fabulous front three saw Mane, Firmino and Salah all score as well as a header from Virgil Van Dijk. The Reds will certainly feel confident going in to the final run of games and will view all their games as winnable. However Klopp has been wary of any slip in intensity and focus as a team battling relegation can often be a banana skin and Cardiff have applied themselves well against the big teams.

In team news, Cardiff will be without Harry Arter who has been ruled out with a calf strain. Aron Gunnarsson faces a late test on a back spasm, with Leandro Bacuna on standby in case the Icelandic international doesn’t make it through.

Liverpool have not reported any new injuries after their away win in Porto and Klopp will be looking to see how he can rotate his players to keep his squad fresh rather than any enforced changes. Joe Gomez is available after his broken leg and could feature at some stage, but Klopp is likely to persist with the same back and front line that has performed so well throughout the season. The midfield trio is usually where changes are made and it is likely that Wijnaldum will start to keep the base of the midfield solid with those like Fabinho and Henderson given licence to push forward.

In the reverse fixture, Liverpool comfortably won the game 4-1, with goals from Mo Salah, a Sadio Mane brace and Shaqiri. This game could be tougher with Cardiff playing at home in front of a buoyant crowd and capable of playing good attacking football. The threat of relegation will further add tension to the occasion which could result in Warnock setting up a more defensive formation to start. Knowing that Liverpool are going for the title and at times have struggled to break teams down could cause panic in the Red’s ranks if the game drags on without a goal, which could open things up for Cardiff.

Punter's Pick

Despite this scenario, it is hard to look beyond a Liverpool victory and there is little value in backing an outright win. Instead a -4 corner handicap at 11/10 with Bet365 for Liverpool could be good value considering they won the last game 8-0 on corners. The likelihood is that most of the game will be played in the Cardiff half and with Liverpool’s attacking frontline and fullbacks, the chances of the Reds racking up the corners is high. Sadio Mane to score anytime and continue his hot goalscoring streak is well priced at 11/10 with the same bookmaker.

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