• David Tyrer

Match Preview: Cardiff vs Liverpool

Date & time: Sunday April 21st 2019, 4pm BST

Where: Cardiff City Stadium

What channel: Sky Sports Football & Main Event

Referee: Martin Atkinson

With Porto comfortably dispatched on Wednesday night, all thoughts turned to the weekend and what would be another potential tricky game against Cardiff City.


Warnock's side are still battling against relegation and, while ordinarily, games against the top-6 are seen as 'free-shots' by sides in the bottom 3, Cardiff will have to give it their all.


For Liverpool, it's another case of Man City playing first and trying to play catch up and anything less than all points will, not necessarily be catastrophic, be a major blow.


But the boys will be seriously raving after such a comprehensive win over the Portuguese champions mid-week, and a favourable run of games against sides that - Cardiff apart - have literally nothing to play for with Newcastle's safety now 100% confirmed.

Injuries & Suspension

It's surely a week closer to us seeing both/either of Rhian Brewster and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but the match in Cardiff no doubt, once again, comes too soon.


For the team's only other senior absentee, Dejan Lovren, he's unlikely to be risked after illness during the week. Particularly due to Joe Gomez's return.


The home side will definitely be without Sol Bamba, Callum Paterson , Matthew Connolly and Alex Smithies, whilst both Aron Gunnarsson and Harry Arter are considered to be doubtful.

Form

Cardiff: W-L-L-L-W (all comps)

Liverpool: W-W-W-W-W (all comps)

Predicted line-up

With a brief rest mid-week, whilst many other Premier League sides are in action, we don't expect to see a great deal in the way of changes from Jurgen but there will be one or two slight alterations.


Gomez probably won't feature from the start, but may get some sub action if things are going our way in the second half, whilst it would be good to see Henderson and Keita return to the starting line-up, and maybe even a rare start for pocket rocket, Xherdan Shaqiri.


Otherwise, the team more-or-less picks itself, and with the Reds having 4 and 5 days breaks between matches up to the first leg of the Champions League semi final, expect Klopp to go strong for this match.

Starting line-up: Alisson, Trent, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Keita, Henderson, Shaqiri, Salah and Firmino.

 
 

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