Cardiff City vs Liverpool Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
Liverpool will face Cardiff City in a crunch Premier League match at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, on Sunday night (IST).
What competition it is? Premier League
Teams: Cardiff City and Liverpool
Kick Off: Sunday 21 April
Match Timing: 08:30 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? Cardiff City Stadium (33,280)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Premier League matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action on Hotstar App.
This is a significant game in the Premier Legaue which could shape the destiny of both the clubs. Liverpool are chasing their first Premier League title, while Cardiff City are aiming to keep their top-flight status alive. A draw won't serve any side good either.
After Manchester City's 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, the Reds will be even under more pressure to win the game. For they are now second on the Premier Legaue table, one point off the summit. Considering the season is on the verge of running its course, more ground for City would effectively end the title ambitions for Jurgen Klopp and his men.
But the Reds have been in this kind of situation before, which demanded nothing other than a win. Liverpool will have to do it again, have to circumvent for the umpteenth time.
A win will take them to the very top of the Premier League table, having played a game more than Pep's team. But this will also put pressure on the reigning champions. And who knows, Pep Guardiola's team may finally buckle under the pressure.
On the form side, Klopp couldn't have asked more from his troops. They are unbeaten in the Premier League since a 2-1 defeat at the home of the current champions. While the immediate forms show 8 wins out of 8 matches heading into this game.
The Champions League semifinal is coming as well, a glamorous tie against the mighty Barcelona. But ask any Liverpool fabs, the remaining league fixtures against Cardiff City, Huddersfield, Newcastle United and Wolves are equally important and as glamorous as the match against Lionel Messi's team.
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock knows the enormity of the task he faces to keep his club in the top-flight.
As things stand in the league, the Bluebirds are 18th on the table, 3 points adrift of 17th placed Brighton & Hove Albion.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Cardiff City – L W L L L W
Liverpool – W W W W W W
LIV vs CAR Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Cardiff City vs Liverpool Team News:
Injured – The hosts will be without Sol Bamba, Callum Paterson, and Matthew Connolly. Harry Arter will be missing the match as well after suffering a calf injury last weekend.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Three players in the shape of Aron Gunnarsson, Jazz Richards and Alex Smithies will face a late fitness test ahead of the game.
Note: Leandro Bacuna is on standby to replace Aron Gunnarsson in the playing 11, and Warnock is not expected to make too many changes to the side that beat Brighton in the midweek.
Key Players –Oumar Niasse, Víctor Camarasa
Injured – As for Liverpool, there are no fresh injury concerns. The squad is nearly at full strength barring Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain who will be missing the game due to the lack of match fitness. The England international hasn't played since suffering a knee ligament injury last season.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren will both be assessed before the match.
Note: Jurgen Klopp made some interesting changes away at Porto. The biggest came at the front as Divock Origi was preferred over Roberto Firmino. Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita also made way for James Milner and Giorginio Waijnaldum. So expect the usual suspects to return here.
Key Players – Firmino, Salah, Mane
LIV vs CAR Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Cardiff City– Etheridge (GK), Peltier, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Bennett; Gunnarsson, Ralls; Mendez-Laing, Hoilett, Camarasa, Niasse
Liverpool– Alisson (GK), Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Keita / Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane, Firmino
LIV vs CAR Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Liverpool haven't lost to Cardiff City for 60 years, with their last loss coming in a 4-0 loss in a Division Two match in December 1959. For the records, it was Bill Shankly's first game in charge. Liverpool have come a long way since then.
While in the Premier Legaue era, both the sides have met three times with the Reds possession a 100% record.
We back Liverpool to stretch that record here.
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