Against all odds, Cardiff were victorious on the road in their last game. However, they are still going to be very reliant on a strong finish to their home campaign, with Cardiff seeing two-thirds of their PL wins so far come at home. However, they have lost eight of nine here against teams that entered the weekend in the top half.
Indeed, Cardiff have lost all of their ten matches played against the table’s current top-six so far, with a combined aggregate score of 7-31 against them. That equates to 3.1 goals conceded on average per match, and they’ve also shipped 4+ goals in four of those matches.
That might be relevant for Liverpool, with goal difference potentially playing a part in the title race. Encouragingly for them, they have scored two goals or more in eight straight competitive matches, while scoring 13 times against Cardiff across the last three H2Hs.
Away from home, Liverpool’s last four competitive matches have seen both teams score. Though the lack of awayday clean sheets could be an issue for some fans, Liverpool’s stamina gives them the ability to stay strong until the end. Tellingly, they’ve scored after the 80th minute in all four of those away matches.
Players to watch: Victor Camarasa has had a hand in three of Cardiff’s last five goals (two goals, one assist), while Mohamed Salah (19 PL goals) and Sadio Mané (18) are duelling for the PL Golden boot as well as the club’s own top-scorer award.
Stat attack: Five of Cardiff’s last six PL matches have been won or lost 2-0.
Liverpool have a perfect record when leading at half-time this season, converting all 18 half-time leads into wins.
All of Liverpool’s last four PL away matches to produce over 1.5 goals have seen the first two match goals shared equally.
Will not play
(Lacking Match Fitness)
Referee: Atkinson M. (Eng),
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium (Cardiff)