Cardiff City v Liverpool: Premier League match preview

Looking ahead at this weekend’s fixture at the Cardiff City Stadium

Relegation-threatened Cardiff City will have a hefty task on their hands if they are to gain anything from the Premier League’s in form side Liverpool. Winning a measly two games in their last 10, the risky appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t look like it’s paid off, and with a fantastic fan base and financial backing from controversial owner Vincent Tan, Cardiff are set for a rebuilding process in the Championship come next season.

On the opposite end of the scale, Liverpool remarkable league form has seen them rocket into second place and are now unbeaten since New Year’s eve and have won their last five games including that memorable 3-0 triumph over rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford in their last outing. Furthermore, Liverpool’s deadly duo, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are the most prolific strike pairing in world football at the moment and are sure to add more goals and inflict more damage on the Bluebirds.

A win against the Merseysiders will put them level on points with 17th placed Crystal Palace and in sight of safety. With points hard to come by in the Welsh capital, Cardiff will look at their next four matches as winnable game. Fellow strugglers West Brom and Crystal Palace lie in wait for the Bluebirds as well as games against Stoke City and Southampton. Gaining three points against genuine title contenders will be a welcome boost for Cardiff’s survival push. 

KICK-OFF: 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS

Liverpool 3 (Suarez 2, Sterling) Cardiff City 1 (Mutch), Premier League, December 2013

Cardiff City 2 (Mason, Turner) Liverpool 2 (Skrtel, Kuyt), February 2012, League Cup Final (Liverpool won 3-2 on penalties) 

Liverpool 2 (El Zhar, Gerrard) Cardiff City 1 (Purse), League Cup, October 2007

STATS

Cardiff City have won their last five home league games against Liverpool, but the last of these was in August 1959.

Luis Suarez has become only the second player to score 25 Premier League goals for Liverpool in a single season (Robbie Fowler twice).

30% of Cardiff City’s goals have come from headers, the highest proportion of any team in the top division, while Liverpool (11) have scored the most in total.

Liverpool have scored more first half goals in the Premier League this season (48) than 16 of the other 19 teams in the league have in total this season.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have scored more goals before the 25th minute of Premier League games this season (24) than Cardiff City have in total (23).

Cardiff City have scored the highest percentage of goals in the second half (74%), while Liverpool have scored the highest proportion in the first half (63%).

ODDS

Cardiff City win: 9.00

Liverpool win: 1.33

Draw: 5.00

TV: Highlights on BBC 1, Match of the Day, 10:30pm

Suggested Topics
News
Jennifer Lawrence was among the stars allegedly hacked
peopleActress and 100 others on 'master list' after massive hack
Sport
Radamel Falcao
footballManchester United agree loan deal for Monaco striker Falcao
Sport
Louis van Gaal, Radamel Falcao, Arturo Vidal, Mats Hummels and Javier Hernandez
footballFalcao, Hernandez, Welbeck and every deal live as it happens
Sport
footballFeaturing Bart Simpson
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
people'It can last and it's terrifying'
Voices
A man shoots at targets depicting a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a shooting range in the center of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv
voicesIt's cowardice to pretend this is anything other than an invasion
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand performs live
music Pro-independence show to take place four days before vote
Arts and Entertainment
booksNovelist takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Arts and Entertainment
The eyes have it: Kate Bush
music
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor