Premier League Betting: Cardiff City vs. Liverpool

Nila Amerova

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7:25 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2014 7:25 PM UTC

Contrasting Premier League fortunes feature on the menu when Cardiff City and Liverpool collide in week 31 EPL betting. Join us as we analyse this clash and deliver our soccer-betting verdict.

Slippery slope
Time is quickly running out on Cardiff City’s lease on top-flight life. Down to 19th in the table with a 6-7-17 record on the season and 25 points through 30 laps, while lingering three points behind the safety line, it’s the sort of account that spells demise. Second tier ignominy on the horizon – which is a bet matched across sportsbooks at -300 future odds, just a smidgen shorter than top favourites Fulham (listed at -350) to be relegated by season end.

These aren’t happy times for Cardiff fans and they aren’t about to get better with title hopefuls Liverpool descending on the Welsh capital with a verve and swagger that is largely down to a ten-game unbeaten streak and which includes back-to-back 3-0 away victories over Southampton and Manchester United in the last two laps. Indeed, odds makers list the unlikely home win at +750 soccer odds at Bet365.

It’s worth mentioning a side note here: it’s been reported that fans are planning a protest ahead of the game. Granted, the protest is directed at the club’s owner Vincent Tan and his rebranding of the club’s colours. But the anti-Tan brigade is sure to bring bad publicity ahead of the game, which means just further distraction for a team already in crisis and that doesn’t need more agro and strife to deal with during these desperate times.

Cardiff boast a so-so 5-4-6 home record on the season and recently they’ve been oscillating on inconsistent form, moving from one result to another – in their last six league games, home form reads so: DLWDLW. If this trend were to hold true they are due a draw, which given the quality of the visitors would be a commendable accomplishment. Though the chances of a draw (tipped at +375 at Bet365) against Liverpool, while they are boasting their current form of ten games unbeaten including five wins in a row ahead of week 31 EPL betting, is rather unlikely.

Liverpool heavy favourites
Liverpool are sat pretty in second place – four points behind Chelsea at the top of the table but with a game in hand – on the back of a 19-5-5 record on the season (7-4-4 on the road) and 62 points. Current form is an encouraging narrative for fans and together with a healthy goal differential (better than Chelsea’s by a country mile) their betting value to win the title has improved to +333 futures betting odds to win the title.

These are heady times for Liverpool fans. It’s been years since Liverpool have finished in the top four, let alone put forward a serious bid for the Premier League title. And with a seemingly straightforward fixture against Cardiff City, they’re sure to underscore that value even further.

Indeed, Liverpool are hot favourites to win outright in the Welsh capital, a soccer pick available at -275 soccer odds at Bet365 and which presents decent value. Of course, better value can be found in other markets, so without further ado here are our choice match betting tips and picks.

Cardiff City vs. Liverpool match betting tips and picks: By all accounts, this match is Liverpool’s to win or lose and with title ambitions riding they are expected to deliver on their fancied-275 soccer odds. For more value soccer picks consider backing the Over 2.5 at -200 at Bet365. As well, on the double result/both teams to score back Liverpool & No at +150. Liverpool are after two cleans sheets against Southampton and Manchester United on the road, a great run of form that augurs well for another dominating performance over Cardiff City. 

Soccer Free Picks: Liverpool to win outright at -275; Over 2.5 at -200

Bonus Free Picks: Liverpool & No at +150 (Double Result/Both Teams to Score).

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