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Liverpool v Cardiff Odds : 5/1 available on Saturday treble at Anfield



liverpooloddsIts Liverpool v Cardiff with the game available as part of a 5/1 treble from Paddy Power, the Dublin firm announced today (KO 12.45GMT).

The popular Irish based brand have confirmed it is ‘enhancing’ the price of the treble on the Liverpool, Manchester Utd and Man City wins today – previously 5/4, the price is now enhanced 5/1.

Its sure to attract plenty of attention from punters as all three sides have very winnable games, as Liverpool face Cardiff, Manchester United take on Old Trafford, while Man City take on Premiership strugglers Fulham at Craven Cottage.

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It says a lot about the Premier League that Brendan Rodgers could be giving his send handshake this week to a soon to be sacked manager after the final whistle of Liverpool and Cardiff in Anfield on Saturday.

Rodgers bid farewell to Andre Villas-Boas on Sunday by sealing the end of his Tottenham career with a 5-0 win and the Northern Ireland man could well do the same to Malky Mackay tomorrow as Cardiff’s eccentric owner Vincent Tan has all but ended his manager’s term with a ‘resign or be sacked’ email this week.

For his part Rodgers says he is astonished by the situation and is glad he escaped a ‘close shave’ with the Spurs hierarchy when they approached him to take over from Harry Redknapp before the start of last season.

“I find it astonishing, what he’s had to go through. To see him being questioned on what he has done, I find it remarkable.

“He’s going to go on and become a big manager at a top club and I find it astonishing there’s talk about him leaving there, absolutely astonishing.

“My only conclusion when I look from the outside is you’ve got a business guy operating the club who obviously knows nothing about football.”

With 17 points from 16 games so far in their promotion season Mackay should be looking forward to pitting himself against the man he worked with at Watford in 2008 and one of Europe’s in form sides with the comfort of a four point cushion between Cardiff and the relegation zone.

Last week’s win over West Bromwich Albion should have made this a trip to savour but instead he will be once again be the centre of attention due to the club’s owner’s actions.

It was never likely to be an enjoyable ride for the Scottish manager though as Luis Suarez’s recent form has made him a scourge for opponents and with the Uruguayan only three goals from the 20 mark this season, despite missing the first five games of the year.

The striker could even breach twenty goals before Christmas having scored the only two hat tricks of the season so far.

Suarez is likely to captain the side again as Steven Gerrard remains sidelined along with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Enrique.

Cardiff meanwhile will be waiting on a late fitness test to determine whether former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy will be able to play in any part.

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Cardiff v Brentford Live Stream : Watch Championship clash from Wales



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Latest Cardiff v Brentford live streaming news from the City of Cardiff Stadium (KO 15:00).

Cardiff City host the surprise Championship promotion contenders Brentford later today in what looks to be a cracker from the Welsh Capital.

The Bluebirds  go into the match five points outside the play-off spots, whilst Brentford’s incredible recent run means they are just two points off top spot.

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Russell Slade’s side conceded five last time out at Bournemouth, as they once again suffered on the road.

Sean Morrison scored twice for Cardiff, however it wasn’t enough as they went down 5-3, with the win sending Bournemouth top.

Brentford themselves bounced back from defeat at Huddersfield, by easing past Blackburn Rovers.

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Jonathan Douglas opened the scoring for Brentford, however Rudy Gestede levelled for the visitors before the break.

Andre Gray continued his fine run of form with Brentford’s second, before Jota sealed the win for the high flying Bee’s.

The pair haven’t met in the league since 2003, when both were in the third tier, with Cardiff winning both matches that season.

Robert Earnshaw was among the goalscorers as Cardiff beat Brentford 2-0 the last time the two sides met in Wales.

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Kenwyne Jones and Adam Le Fondre will continue to lead the line for Cardiff, despite both struggling for goals since summer moves.

Peter Whittingham will once again feature in midfield, with Craig Noone set for a wing role.

David Marshall has been linked with numerous Premier League sides, however will start in goal on Saturday.

The in-form Gray will continue up front on his own, meaning the Hull loanee Nick Proschwitz will again miss out.

Jota has been superb since joining Brentford in the summer and will start in a five man midfield.

Alan Judge and Alex Pritchard will continue, with Harley Dean excelling in defence this term.

Cardiff: Marshall; Brayford, Turner, Morrison, Connolly; Kim, Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Noone; Le Fondre, Jones
Brentford: Button; Odubajo, Dean, Craig, Bidwell; Jota, Douglas, Diagouraga, Pritchard, Judge; Gray

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Swansea v Cardiff Odds: Garry Monk welcomed to management with baptism of fire in South Wales Derby



swanseaSwansea are still considered to be 4/5 favourites by Paddy Power to beat Cardiff in the South Wales derby despite sacking boss Michael Laudrup for club veteran Garry Monk earlier this week.

Garry Monk could not have a tougher first match as a professional manager as he looks after Swansea as they host Cardiff in the South Wales derby on Saturday evening.

Going into the clash, Swansea have struggled for form in recent weeks and this has seen them sit just two points above the relegation zone despite being in 12th place on the table.

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Monk will certainly be praying that several of his big players are able to return as both Michu and Michel Vorm could sneak their way onto the bench if they pass their fitness tests.

On top of that, Jonjo Shelvey is also expected to be cleared for the fixture although Jose Canas and Pablo Hernandez are still absent for The Jacks.

If Swansea is to get off to a winning start, Wilfried Bony could prove to be a vital asset with the Ivorian striker having scored all of his Premier League goals on Welsh soil.

Cardiff’s fortunes in 2014 are starting to turn around slowly and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that a win in the South Wales Derby could see The Bluebirds climb out of the relegation zone on Saturday night.

Having impressed in their debuts last week, both Wilfried Zaha and Kenwyne Jones are expected to be handed a start and provide some much needed firepower to the Cardiff attack.

Although Andrew Taylor and Mark Hudson are still out injured, Cardiff will still have reinforcements at the back with both Declan John and Vincent Theopile-Catherine keen to make a name for themselves in the Premier League on such a big occasion.

Cardiff have had the bragging rights in the last couple of encounters between the two sides and a win at The Liberty Stadium would be the first time that they have won The South Wales Derby three times in a row in a league situation.

This will no doubt be a huge confidence boost for Cardiff who will need to be at their best if they are going to beat Swansea in the South Wales Derby.

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Manchester United v Cardiff Odds : Juan Mata looks to spoil Solskjaer’s return to Old Trafford



manutdManchester United v Cardiff City odds, with team news, match preview and all the latest from Juan Mata’s transfer to Man Utd (KO 20:00).

Man United are comfortable 1/4 favourites to smash Cardiff City as club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leads the Welsh side to Old Trafford.

There aren’t many people who know Manchester United better than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the baby-faced Norwegian will hope this knowledge will serve him well as he takes Cardiff City to face his former employers.

It won’t be easy though with United needing a big push if they are to improve on their current position of seventh in the standings.

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However, David Moyes’ side will no doubt be reinvigorated by the arrival of Juan Mata from Chelsea and the Spanish playmaker looks set to make his debut on Tuesday.

He is likely to join a much stronger looking Untied squad that will also have Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie back in the line-up after both players had been out injured since the start of the year.

With United having been such a major force in the Premier League over the past 22 years,a win would see The Red Devils overpass the 1,000 point mark at Old Trafford in the league having currently earned 998 points at home in the top flight.

Cardiff will no doubt be out to spoil the party but The Bluebirds have it all to do as they sit bottom of the table although a win would lift them out of the relegation zone for the moment.

The good news for Solskjaer is that he has no new injury concerns to worry about however it means that Don Cowie, Andrew Taylor and Matthew Connolly will all miss the trip to Old Trafford.

Alongside that, Cardiff look poised to make two more signings in the shape of Fabio and Kenwyne Jones but neither of the deals are likely to be finalised in time for the Od Trafford clash.

Although it has been 60 years since Cardiff last won at Old Trafford, the Welsh side currently have the highest proportion of headed goals in the Premier League (33%) and their prominent aerial threat will cause problems if forgotten about.

There’s no doubt that Solskjaer will be emotional bout returning to his second home but the baby faced assassin will need to be fully focused if Cardiff are to spoil both Juan Mata’s and Manchester United’s party on Tuesday night.

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