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

Dan BrettContributor IIIMarch 22, 2014

10ThingstoSeeSports - Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates with teammate Luis Suarez, right, after scoring against Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)
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Liverpool travel to Cardiff on Saturday knowing only a win will do if they are to maintain pressure on top-of-the-table Chelsea.

The Reds sit second in the Premier League and share equal points with third-placed Arsenal. The Gunners and Chelsea square off this weekend, so the chance is there for Liverpool to capitalise.

However, they come up against a Cardiff side whose need to win is every bit as great if they are to keep their survival hopes alive.

The Bluebirds failed to record back-to-back wins after their 2-1 defeat at Everton, leaving them 19th in the table ahead of the visit of Liverpool.


When: Saturday, March 22 at 3 p.m. GMT/11 a.m. ET

Where: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

TV Info: NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S. Only)

Live Stream: NBC Sport Live Extra app

Key Storylines

Top of the Kop

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Luis Suarez has scored 25 league goals this season—seven more than second-top goalscorer Daniel Sturridge, per

His strikes have helped lift Liverpool to within four points of Jose Mourinho's outfit. The Reds also hold one game in hand over the Blues, so they will be hoping for a draw at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

A share of the spoils at the Bridge, with Liverpool winning in Wales, would open the door for the Reds to top the table with their extra match.

For Cardiff, Suarez is clearly the chief threat, as highlighted by Squawka Football:

The Uruguayan forward has already passed last season's tally of 23 goals, and he netted twice in the home fixture against Cardiff earlier in the campaign.

Suarez has been central to Liverpool's fortunes this season, alongside Sturridge and England youngster Raheem Sterling. The trio have bagged 49 league goals between them throughout this campaign, per WhoScored.

There's no doubt that they will be looking to—at least—pass the 50 mark in Cardiff as they step up their title chase this weekend.


Craig Bellamy and Kenwyne Jones Need Goals

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Craig Bellamy of Cardiff City controls the ball under the watchful eye of Ezekiel Fryers of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Cardiff City at White Hart Lane on March 2, 20
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Players often come back to haunt their old clubs, so Craig Bellamy will hope that proves true on Saturday. The former Liverpool striker has scored just one goal for his hometown club this season, but he is still capable of producing the odd big moment.

His effort against Norwich marked the Welshman's first strike in eight starts and five substitute appearances, per WhoScored, with two goalless appearances thereafter.

Bellamy scored four in 28 starts as Cardiff won promotion to the Premier League last season, and he is part of a strike force that needs to start finding the net.

Fraizer Campbell has bagged four goals this term, per WhoScored, with fellow strike partner Kenwyne Jones netting just one himself.

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 08:  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer manager of Cardiff City celebrates victory after the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Fulham at Cardiff City Stadium on March 8, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty I
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Testimony to their lowly 19th-placed league position, Cardiff's strike force has been largely ineffective this season.

Steven Caulker's four strikes from defence, with a further four from midfielder Jordon Mutch, have kept the Bluebirds in with a chance of survival.

Bellamy recently emerged from a three-match ban, claiming it was hard to sit in the stands and watch his side lose games, but he admitted his respect for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, per BBC Sport:

The three games I did miss were difficult games to watch. Hopefully I have an opportunity to make up for it from now until the end of the season. The way he goes about it, I quite like and admire as well. It's a completely different style to the previous manager but he's got his own stamp on things and he's got his own view on football.

I had a lot of respect for him as a player and he's come into a difficult situation. But he's positive and wants us all to keep believing and to show our character. This is a real test, for all of us.

To turn around Cardiff's fortunes, Solskjaer must find a way to make his attack function.

The Bluebirds boss knows better than most the importance of scoring when it matters, famously netting the stoppage-time winner to bag Manchester United the Champions League against Bayern Munich in 1999.

His side need to take on their manager's experiences. Three points separate Cardiff from safety, as West Brom and Crystal Palace sit on 28 points.

Both Liverpool and Cardiff are desperate for the victory on Saturday, so with motivation high in both squads, one has to feel the Merseysiders' quality will shine through.