In this weekend’s preview for Liverpool v Cardiff City read up on my prediction along with analysis for the match in week 17 of the Premier League. Included with each match preview are statistics and betting odds to help with your own predictions.
Liverpool are currently in second with 33 points, just two behind Arsenal, and will go top of the league with a win in Saturday’s early game. Liverpool’s 5-0 thrashing of Tottenham showed that they mean business and pushed their goal difference up to 21 with their 39 goals scored, both of which are second best in the EPL. They have been averaging just over two goals per game and dominating possession throughout the season.
Cardiff City have put together some shock results this season and travel to Liverpool on the back of a 1-0 win over West Brom. While they have done well this season, most of their best results have come when they are playing at home. They have also struggled to score goals with their goal over the weekend being their 12th of the season and only the third in their last six matches having been held to zero in four of those. One of the biggest question marks is how well Cardiff will play with their manager under fire and looking likely to be sacked by the end of the weekend. He has done extraordinarily well at keeping the turmoil of the back room bickering out of the locker room, but I don’t know how much longer that can last.
My prediction is another dominating performance from Liverpool and a solid win for them. Cardiff is certainly no pushover, and Liverpool will need to make sure they kill off the game, unlike they did against Hull. It should be noted that Liverpool has now scored four goals or more in the last three matches while Cardiff have failed to score in their last four away matches and have not won any of their last five away.
Betting Odds: Liverpool win: 1.21-1.24; Draw: 6.36-6.95; Cardiff win: 12.93-15.00
Form: Liverpool (W, D, L, W, W, W) Cardiff (L, D, L, D, L, W)
Prediction: Liverpool 3 – 0 Cardiff City
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