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Liverpool vs. Cardiff City: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Liverpool vs. Cardiff City: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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Consider this for a moment—in their last three matches, all wins, Liverpool have outscored Norwich City, West Ham and Tottenham by a combined total of 14-2.

Up next is Cardiff City. Good luck.

Liverpool is currently second in the table, just two points behind Arsenal and barely holding off Chelsea on goal differential, Manchester City by just a point and Everton by two. Earning points against teams like Cardiff will be crucial to Liverpool's title (or top-four, at least) aspirations this season.

For Cardiff—a team with just one away win in the Premier League—stealing a point in this contest will be the goal. Seeing as Liverpool have taken 21 of a possible 24 points at Anfield this season, that will be easier said than done.

 

When: Saturday, December 21 at 7:45 a.m. ET (12:45 p.m. GMT)

Where: Anfield, Liverpool, England

Watch: NBC Sports Network; NBC Sports Live Extra; BBC One (U.K.)

Odds: Liverpool (68.8 percent), Cardiff City (11.9 percent) and draw (19.3 percent), according to Bloomberg Sports

 

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If you want to know why Liverpool is heavily favored in this game, look no further than this little tidbit: Luis Suarez has scored more Premier League goals this season (17) in just 11 games than 10 different teams have scored in 16 games (and he's tied with West Brom).

Of course, one of those teams is Cardiff City, which have scored just 12 on the season. There isn't a hotter player in Europe right now than Suarez, who has certainly put the summer's drama behind him and absolutely dominated this season.

Though there is talk that Liverpool and Suarez are discussing a new contract, it's possible Suarez will wait to see how Liverpool finish this season before putting ink to paper, as he's thought to crave Champions League football.

With Manchester City and Chelsea on deck, Suarez revealed his thoughts to Sky Sports on Liverpool's title hopes and the importance of the next stretch of games:

I think it's too early to say.

If we continue this level the next two or three weeks we can win the league or we can finish in the top four. It's important we concentrate and focus on the next game. We know that after Cardiff we have two very, very big games.

That will be important to what comes next.

Suarez isn't the only Red on sparkling form, however—as Sachin Nakrani of The Guardian notes, Jordan Henderson has become a huge contributor for the club after a poor start to his Liverpool career:

Not every performance has been impressive, but few now doubt that Henderson is an important element of Liverpool's midfield, providing energy, drive and assurance in possession, traits all seen in the rout of Spurs, when the midfielder made up for the absence of Steven Gerrard through injury with arguably his best showing for the Merseysiders since arriving from Sunderland two years ago, one capped by his first league goal of the season from a position just behind Suarez. Little wonder the former England Under-21 captain is now also back in the senior squad and realistically setting his sights on a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup party.

It seems everything is coming up roses for Liverpool. That isn't a good sign for a Cardiff City side that would have already been overmatched and on the road coming into this contest.

 

Prediction 

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Crazier things have happened in the Premier League this season than a potential upset in this match, but it's hard to see Liverpool dropping these points unless they are truly looking ahead to City and Chelsea. There is trap game potential here, but it's just as possible Suarez will earn himself a hat trick against a Cardiff defense that has allowed 22 goals on the season.

Cardiff are no pushovers, but Liverpool are legit and pretty hot at the moment. The Reds win, 3-0.

 

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