Bluebirds Face The Red Bird
Well there may be Christmas cheer at Anfield this weekend but it's a different story for Cardiff fans and their manager Malky Mackay after owner Vincent Tan has essentially told the boss to pack his bags. It's quite frankly shocking the manner in which he has been treated and I'm sure Liverpool fans will support Cardiff in any chants they throw at their owners tomorrow.
Injury wise Cardiff are in a pretty healthy state with most of their team available however Craig Bellamy will be subject to a late fitness test, it would be nice to see him feature at Anfield to be fair. For Liverpool they are still without Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Jose Enrique.
Cardiff currently find themselves 15th in the league on 17 points whilst Liverpool stand in 2nd on 33 points. Cardiff have made a decent start to the season but their win last week against West Brom was their first in six league games. Liverpool on the other hand are on a run of three wins in the league and will certainly be hoping to collect another at Anfield on Saturday in order to keep the pressure on Arsenal.
No Liverpool fan will have forgotten the last time these two sides met yet. It was a fantastic occasion for the travelling Kop at Wembley as Liverpool eventually beat Cardiff on penalties to win the League Cup in 2012.
The meeting before this between the two side was also in the League Cup, this time at Anfield. Nabil El Zhar and Steven Gerrard were on the score sheet in that 2-1 win.
In the history of the league Cardiff actually have more wins than Liverpool in this fixture winning 16 out of 26 meetings between the sides. Liverpool have eight wins and there have been two draws.
- Liverpool have seen 16 of their goals scored by English men so far this season, more than any other side.
- Of the games Cardiff have won this season in the league, they have all been via a one goal margin.
- Liverpool have scored 14 goals in their last four Premier League games.
I asked you for your score predictions this week and I don't know if some of you have started early on the eggnog or you're just feeling extremely positive but here are some of the tweets I received haha...
I must admit I am also feeling quite confident about this one despite the fact it has all the makings of a banana skin. I however feel Cardiff will find a lucky goal so my prediction is 3-1. Liverpool really need to ensure they collect all three points at Anfield though as they prepare to face what could be two extremely important matches away from home against Manchester City and Chelsea.
Wherever you're watching, enjoy the match folks!