While some doubted Neil Warnock would ever register three points in England’s top-tier again, Cardiff’s 4-2 victory over Fulham has certainly given the naysayers some food for thought: perhaps Cardiff City will not be Derby-esque relegation fodder after all?
Well, they’re still very much odds-on to finish in the bottom three, but they’ve shown their fans that they are capable of playing well – and winning.
Liverpool have shown their own fans that they have a gritty side; the goals have slightly dried up in the league – they have just two goals in their last three league games – but facing Cardiff presents a great opportunity to get back to scoring ways.
Their victory over Huddersfield was a bit on the laborious side, with Mo Salah’s precise finish ultimately settling the match, but at Anfield, Cardiff won’t have nearly the same level of intensity as The Terriers did at the John Smith’s.
The Bluebirds have conceded seven away goals and have scored just once – that being a consolation against Chelsea – however, their spirited 1-0 defeat at Wembley against Spurs will act as a warning against complacency for Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool have brushed West Ham aside at Anfield, they brushed Southampton aside at Anfield, and we're backing them to brush Cardiff aside at Anfield: Liverpool -2.
With Andriy Yarmolenko out for six months following a horrible Achilles injury against Spurs, yet more burden is placed upon the shoulders of Marko Arnautovic.
Felipe Anderson (1) is the only West Ham player apart from the aforementioned duo to find the net this season, and that’s very, very worrying.
Of course, the Austrian will relish the challenge of trying to carry the side, and this sort of scenario often brings the best out of mercurial players like him. While West Ham have fired back-to-back blanks against Brighton and Spurs, they’ve generally played pretty well, and deserved at least one goal for their troubles.
We're backing Arnautovic to score at any time against Leicester.