Coming back from a loss at the weekend, Cardiff City’s task isn’t getting any easier as they host on form Liverpool. Picking up only one win from their last six Premier League games, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will need to be on their toes in order to avoid a thrashing. The Blue Birds look to field a different formation from their previous meeting, reverting back to their usual 4-1-4-1. Ben Turner should make his return after missing last week’s match, with Cana making way. Gary Medel will play the holding role behind a four man midfield with Campbell moving to the left and Jones playing a lone role up top.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Flanagan, Coutinho, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Sturridge, Suarez
Liverpool are having a sensational run this calendar year, being the only team not yet to record a loss in 2014. Just after their historic 3-0 win at Old Trafford, Brendan Rodgers’ men will be going into this game in great form, winning five of their last six games. The manager will have a full selection of first team players, making only one change from their previous game. Joe Allen should make way for a more attacking Philippe Coutinh,o with The Reds hoping to exploit their attacking game through Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, and Luis Suarez, playing right, center and left.
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@xTheMaestrox Imagine winning it at Cardiff away. Scenes! 😉 Liverpool away is gonna be a test, could decide the winner
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When the two met earlier this season, Cardiff managed to grab a goal against Liverpool despite losing the game 3-1. With the relegation battle ongoing, The Bluebirds need to give it their all.
There is nobody more dangerous than Luis Suarez in the Premier League at the moment, and he can turn any attack into a goal. His movement and trickery will surely cause problems inside the Cardiff box as he is sure to set up goals or even score his own.
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 Barclays 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 conceded the highest proportion of headed goals (23%), while Cardiff have also conceded the joint- most headed goals in the Barclays Premier League this season (10).
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%).
Liverpool have won the most penalties in the Premier League this season (10) and Steven Gerrard has scored four spot kicks in his last four Premier League appearances.
The Reds have kept consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since September, but no-one has stopped them scoring since Arsenal in early November.
Liverpool have accrued 62 points from their 29 games which is more than in any previous Premier League season at this stage.