Cardiff vs Liverpool predictions, betting tips and match preview for Sunday’s latest instalment of Premier League title race drama. Neil Warnock says his side would do well to avoid a thrashing but the hosts need the points just as desperately with relegation looking more likely than not.
It’s been a decent week for the two teams involved here.
Liverpool smashed Porto 6-1 on aggregate to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals for a second successive year.
Cardiff beat Brighton at The AMEX to heap more pressure on Chris Hughton.
As you’d expect, Liverpool are massive 1/5 favourites to win on Sunday in what most would concede is probably their ‘easiest’ remaining game of the season. Cardiff are huge outsiders for this one even though they would have taken some confidence from their last result, but Jurgen Klopp’s men present a significant step up in class to previous opponents Brighton.
An early goal for the away side would settle a few nerves in the stand and I think there’s a realistic chance of Liverpool scoring early here – something they failed to do against Chelsea last Sunday.
A first half goal in Portugal in midweek all but killed off that tie and I think similar could occur here should the Merseysiders get their noses in front. You can get 4/5 on The Reds being ahead at half-time and going on to win the match, which looks a far more attractive investment than the return available on a routine away victory.
Following the heroics of last season, a good few pundits and observers questioned whether Mo Salah could replicate his form once again. It’s fair to say that question has been well and truly answered with the Egyptian’s regular goals and assists a primary factor behind Liverpool’s stellar campaign up until this point.
The former Chelsea winger scored a belter against his old club last weekend which must have been even more satisfying for the 26-year-old given that he was the target of some unsavoury chants from fans of his old side earlier that week.
Salah – as he was last year – is vying for the Premier League Golden Boot again and is level with Sergio Aguero on 19 goals apiece. A strike against Cardiff would see him break the 20-goal barrier for a second successive campaign and you can back him at even money to achieve that milestone in Wales on Sunday.
Liverpool fans will recall the 2013/14 Premier League campaign where conceding a monstrous 50 goals in just 38 matches ultimately cost them the title under Brendan Rodgers.
Their current side, though, looks a far cry from those days where a leaky defence was often spared by an attack boasting the likes of Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling. Nowadays, you generally fancy Liverpool to keep a clean sheet with Virgil van Dijk commanding things from the back.
The trip to Cardiff looks to be another of those games where attacking joy could be limited for the home side, and I expect that to be reflected in the scoreline at full-time. I fancy the visitors to win this one 3-0, which is 13/2 with Ladbrokes.
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