And so, our attention turns to the CCS. Wolves didn’t do us the favour we wanted so I guess it falls to us to take matters into our own hands. Cardiff City vs. Liverpool. Every neutral in football vs. Liverpool. Liverpool need a win. Cardiff could do with one. After Brighton, Cardiff fans are pretty optimistic – but is it misplaced? Cardiff fans are hoping for their very own Easter miracle…
Cardiff City vs. Liverpool
Sunday 21st April 2019, 4pm (BST)
Cardiff City Stadium
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Cardiff City starting XI:
And three things to look out for:
An unchanged team. To a man, Cardiff were brilliant against Brighton. Niasse battled and probed, Ralls was bullish and calm in the middle, Hoilett and NML caused problems for the whole game and Hoilett tackled anything that moved. It would be unfair if Warnock make changes as they deserve a go on the biggest stage and will have the momentum.
Changes that may happen. Warnock is always prone to a change or two. Arter could well come back in to give even more bite to the midfield. Zohore could be fancied instead of Niasse if we want to play it into the channels some more. Decordova-Reid is going to be chomping at the bit to get some minutes under his belt.
Victor pushed further up. Camarasa was brilliant on the ball at Brighton. He ran with purpose, taking players on. He played telling passes and brought others into play at timely points. Could he do a job out wide or even behind Niasse? Sometimes Niasse can win headers but there’s no-one on the end of them. Camarasa has scored goals running into the box late and it could be deployed to good effect.
Players to watch out for
Picking any of their front three, feels like you’re ignoring two others. So here’s what I’ll do; Salah is obviously class. He’s been derided for a bad season yet is still in the running for top Premier League scorer. Mane is having his best Premier League season. And then there’s Firmino. Not getting the headlines but seems instrumental in everything Liverpool does. It’s so hard to pick out one of that top three.
Then at the back, they have the modern day Glenn Loovens, Virgin Van Dijk. He’s a danger in attack, and a rock in defence. This writer wondered just how good he could be but he’s gone from strength to strength under Klopp.
Best case result
We carry on the good of Brighton and turn it into a good home performance against a Liverpool side who will be desperate for a win. It’s going to be a raucous atmosphere at the CCS, with tickets supposedly on sale for upward of a grand in the home end. We’ve not managed to get the luck against the big teams and it would be the right time to turn in a performance against one of the big boys. 2-1 to Cardiff.
Worst case result
The above comes with a healthy dose of optimism. Liverpool have three players out of three in their front line who have scored more than fifty goals between them. It’s an uphill task for Cardiff City whichever way you look at it. Liverpool 3-0.