Cardiff City v Liverpool latest odds, news and free bets

Liverpool are historically one of the most successful clubs in English football, although their Championship opponents have turned out at a cup final more recently than the Reds, with Cardiff having lost the FA Cup final against Portsmouth in 2008

Four seasons later and the Bluebirds are still looking to gain promotion to the Premier League, although Dave Jones is no longer manager as the Bluebirds board put their faith in Malky Mackay to steer City into the promised land.

Cardiff are clearly the underdogs going into Sunday’s Carling Cup final, although the same applied to Birmingham City twelve months ago and it is hard to see Liverpool completely dominating the contest considering all the pressure will be on Kenny Dalglish’s team.

The Welsh side are an 8/1 chance (bet365 £200 free bets) to win in ninety minutes, having knocked out Crystal Palace in the semi-final of the competition on penalties and they will have the backing of their noisy supporters who desperately want to see Cardiff join Swansea City in the Premier League.

The good news for the Championship club is that they have avoided defeat in 13 of their 17 away games this term and odds of 7/2 (Bet Victor bookmaker) about the draw look more attractive than backing the Liverpool win, even if the Merseyside club did spank Brighton in their last match.

The Seagulls made life far too easy for their opponents last weekend, although it was a welcome confidence booster for the Reds going into their first cup final since 2007 and there will be a flood of money going on Liverpool at odds of 2/5 (Paddy Power free bets).

Paddy also have a great cashback offer on the 2012 Carling Cup final where selected bets will be refunded if Steven Gerrard scores at any stage of the match and the captain is the kind of player who steps up to the mark in big games. The Liverpool skipper is a 13/2 chance to score the first goal of the game.

Dalglish faces a difficult decision who to play in attack, with Craig Bellamy clearly keen to line up against his boyhood club and the forward spent a season on loan at the Cardiff City Stadium last term before Manchester City agreed for him to join their Premier League rivals.

Luis Suarez will also look to end the 2012 season on a high after an auspicious campaign and the same applies to Andy Carroll who still has a chance to claim his place in the Euro 2012 squad.

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