Cardiff vs Liverpool preview: Wales trip comes too soon for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
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Last Updated: 21/04/19 2:15pm
Liverpool have no injury concerns ahead of their Premier League trip to Cardiff on Sunday but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still unavailable.
Dejan Lovren is expected to return to the group after missing the midweek Champions League win over Porto through illness.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is also training with the senior squad again following his long-term knee injury.
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Harry Arter, who missed Tuesday's 2-0 win at Brighton with a calf strain, will be absent again but Cardiff hope the Republic of Ireland midfielder will be back for next weekend's trip to Fulham.
Aron Gunnarsson faces a late check after being forced off at Brighton with a back spasm, and fellow midfielder Leandro Bacuna stands by to replace the Iceland international following his impressive midweek second-half performance.
- Cardiff have lost their three Premier League meetings with Liverpool, conceding 13 goals. The Bluebirds have never lost more top-flight matches in a row versus the Reds.
- A Liverpool victory would see Cardiff become the sixth side the Reds will have beaten in each of their first four Premier League meetings after QPR, West Brom, Wigan, Burnley and Brighton.
- Liverpool have won each of their last nine Premier League matches against newly promoted sides, scoring 27 goals and conceding just three. The Reds have never won 10 successive such matches in the competition.
- Cardiff have picked up just two points from their 22 Premier League games against the six ever-present sides in the competition (W0 D2 L20), losing their last 18 in a row against Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Man Utd and Spurs.
- No team has played more English league games on Easter Sunday than Liverpool (7), with the Reds' only defeat on that day coming in 2008 (0-3 vs Man Utd).
- Liverpool have won their last five Premier League games, with the winning goal each time coming after half-time.
- Cardiff have conceded 5+ goals in three different home league games this season - no side has ever conceded as many in more different home matches in a single Premier League campaign (Derby also 3 in 2007-08).
- Cardiff's Victor Camarasa has scored in his last two home Premier League games, as many as he had in his first 12 at the Cardiff City Stadium in the competition.
- Mohamed Salah has scored 19 league goals this season, and could become just the third Liverpool player to score 20 in consecutive Premier League campaigns (Robbie Fowler 1994-95 and 1995-96, Luis Suarez 2012-13 and 2013-14).
- Sadio Mane has scored 10 goals in his last 12 Premier League games for Liverpool - coming into this round of matches, no player has scored more Premier League goals in 2019 than the Senegalese forward (10, same as Sergio Aguero).
This will be a battle for Liverpool, make no mistake about it. That was a huge football match for Cardiff to win the other night at Brighton, and they will be fighting for every single minute. It did not look like they were going to get there, but they have done so well to get to this point. Liverpool, though, are on fire. They will take some stopping and just have too much quality for Cardiff. Should Cardiff score it will make things interesting, but I just cannot see it happening.
PAUL PREDICTS: 0-2