Warnock ready for ‘amazing’ game

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock insists his players will give a good account of themselves in Sunday's match against title-chasing Liverpool.

The Bluebirds' 2-0 victory at fellow strugglers Brighton on Tuesday has enhanced their hopes of avoiding the drop and Warnock is refusing to accept that defeat to Jurgen Klopp's team is a foregone conclusion.

He said: "The dressing room was elated [after Tuesday's win]. "Not just the fact that we'd won, but the way that we won.

"I think we played very well on the night and we were always aware that if we hadn't won then that would be it.

"It's going to be an amazing game [against Liverpool. Everybody's talking about it, so the atmosphere will be fabulous and we'll try to enjoy it as much as we can, because you've got to do that when the pressure's on.

"We'll just have to play the best we can and put in a good performance against one of the best sides in the world at the moment. I don't like my teams losing concentration and the fans are really looking forward to it, so we've got to give a good account of ourselves for them.

"I don't want it to be an occasion where we say it's a lovely day and get battered. I want us to put up a fight and that's what we've been working on. We've got to keep those good standards up for the rest of the season."

Cardiff can be backed at 16/1 to beat Liverpool.

Warnock hails gutsy Cardiff

Neil Warnock says his Cardiff City players are enjoying the battle to preserve their top-flight status after the Bluebirds won their crunch game at Brighton 2-0 on Tuesday.

Cardiff picked up their third Premier League away win of the season thanks to goals by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison.

The victory leaves them two points away from the Seagulls in the battle to avoid the drop, although Chris Hughton's side, who lost 5-0 at home to Bournemouth on Saturday, do have a game in hand on Cardiff.

"We're fighting," said Warnock after the match. "We've got a lot of guts and determination. Whatever happens you can't fault the lads.

"We've been kicked in the teeth so many times since Christmas and we keep bouncing back. We can only do our best. We've had disappointing performances this season but the lads give me everything.

"We looked as if we were enjoying the battle. We had some super performances and played some really good football at times. On another day we could have scored a few more goals."

Cardiff, 1/3 to be relegated, face Liverpool this weekend, with Warnock adding: "We're certainly not in it to make up the numbers."

Cardiff are 11/2 to draw with Jurgen Klopp's team and 12/1 to keep a clean sheet in the encounter.

Hughton handed Gross boost

Chris Hughton anticipates that Cardiff City will have been lifted by his Brighton side's dismal display in Saturday's 5-0 home defeat to Bournemouth.

The Seagulls entertain Neil Warnock's team on Tuesday in a crunch fixture and Hughton is desperate for his side to bounce back following Saturday's mauling.

Brighton are still five points clear of the Welshmen as Cardiff were beaten 2-0 at Burnley. Brighton can be backed at 1/1 to beat the Bluebirds and at 5/2 to win the match by a one-goal margin.

Hughton said of Cardiff: "They are going to fight and scrap and, if any team have been lifted, it might be a team lifted by our result at home. They are going to come here and give us a very difficult game.

"I have a group of players that know they have performed nowhere near well enough against Bournemouth to get something from a game. Our responsibility is to make sure that we work hard enough."

Pascal Gross could feature in Tuesday's match after recovering from a hamstring injury. The German has been sidelined since picking up the problem against Leicester City in February.

Meanwhile, Solly March is set to replace Anthony Knockaert who was sent off for a dreadful challenge on Bournemouth's Adam Smith at the weekend.

March has recovered from the calf injury that forced him to miss the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City earlier this month and Saturday's humiliation against Eddie Howe's team.

Knockaert will be suspended for the games against Cardiff, Wolves and Tottenham.

Sarri backs Hudson-Odoi to stay

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has made it clear that he believes England international Callum Hudson-Odoi will still be at Stamford Bridge next season.

The 18-year-old, whose current deal expires at the end of next season, was linked with a move to Bayern Munich in January and has not yet started a Premier League game for the Blues.

He has made 19 appearances in all competitions for the club this season and featured in England's recent Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro.

"I am not able to say if he is going to sign a new contract or not, but I think he will stay here with us in every case," Sarri said of Hudson-Odoi.

"I think the evolution is the right evolution. Probably, he will play 30-35 matches in the next season. And so I think that, with Callum, we are on the right path.

"I saw the English national team only for 20-25 minutes and Callum didn't start very well in the first 20 minutes on the right. He did very well on the left, immediately. But I know him very well and I know he prefers to play on the left.

"We have to play eight matches in 28 days so I am sure Callum will start two or three matches."

Chelsea visit Cardiff City on Sunday and are 4/9 to beat the Bluebirds, with Hudson-Odoi available at 13/8 to score at any time in the game.

Sarri's team are currently sixth, two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal. Chelsea can be backed at 2/1 to finish in the top four this season.

Warnock calls for more fight

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock is worried that his team are going to slide out of the Premier League with a whimper.

The Bluebirds are 1/3 to be relegated this season after suffering a 3-0 home loss to Everton on Tuesday, just four days after being thrashed 5-1 by Watford at their own ground.

Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson scored twice and Dominic Calvert-Lewin was also on target in stoppage time as Everton easily won at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Cardiff are 11/2 to win at Wolves in their next Premier League match on Saturday.

"I know my team for the Wolves game and I want people who will be in the trenches because I was let down by one or two on Tuesday," said Warnock. "I am not going to throw the towel in and I will make sure we are ready."

Cardiff had beaten Bournemouth and Southampton before their two recent setbacks and Warnock is keen to return to winning ways, adding: "We have got to make our own luck.

"We have got 10 games left, difficult games, and people will probably be rubbing their hands now at playing us but, as I've said to the lads, we're not going down without a fight."

Bluebirds snap up Bacuna

Leandro Bacuna has welcomed the opportunity to sign a four-and-a-half-year deal with Cardiff City after joining the Bluebirds from Reading.

The 27-year-old Curacao international joins Neil Warnock's team for an undisclosed transfer fee, subject to international clearance.

Bacuna spent four years at Aston Villa, featuring in 116 league games for the club, before signing for Reading in the summer of 2017.

He enjoyed an 18-month spell with the Royals, starting 52 Championship games for the club, but is excited about the prospect of starting a new chapter of his career in Wales.

Bacuna said: "A few weeks ago, I was made aware of some interest and it has all gone from there. I am very happy and looking forward to getting started.

"Every game I play I give 100 per cent, and I will be fighting hard to help our team.

"I have played against the manager and you can see he always wants to win. He is so passionate. It is going to be great to work underneath him and hopefully he will push me on as a player."

Cardiff, who lost 2-1 at Arsenal on Tuesday, can be backed at 1/3 to be relegated this season, while they are 9/4 to beat Bournemouth on Saturday.

Warnock ends Sala interest

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has admitted that he has no intention of reviving his interest in Nantes striker Emiliano Sala.

The French club have rejected a bid by the Bluebirds for the 28-year-old Argentine forward but Warnock will look elsewhere to increase his strike options rather than increase his offer for the player.

Callum Paterson and Kenneth Zohore are both currently sidelined, but Warnock would only say: "We did originally (make an offer) but that was turned down and we haven't been back since.

"We won't have a gun pointed to our head figures-wise. Sala's a good player but there's no guarantee he is going to come and rip the Premier League up. It's a different standard."

Former Bordeaux star Sala has scored 13 goals in 18 games for Nantes so far this season and is reportedly valued at £25million.

Cardiff have only scored 18 goals in 19 league games this season and are 8/11 to be relegated after drawing 0-0 at Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.

Warnock's team are 5/1 to win at Leicester City on Saturday and 10/1 to draw 0-0 with the Foxes, who have beaten Chelsea and Manchester City in their last two fixtures.

"Ken Zohore could be out for a few weeks – he has pulled his thigh muscle which is a shame because I wanted to play him (at Crystal Palace)," Warnock added.

"I wanted to see if he was going to play like he has trained in the last few weeks. He has worked so hard so it's really disappointing for Ken and for us."

United sack Mourinho

Manchester United have sacked manager Jose Mourinho after two-and-a-half years in charge.

The Portuguese took over at Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 and was quickly followed into the club by then-world record signing Paul Pogba.

Mourinho's first season in charge was deemed a success after winning both the EFL Cup and Europa League, while he guided the club to second behind Manchester City last term.

Despite their encouraging results, the 55-year-old's tactics drew great ire and he regularly clashed with the board over signings.

Mourinho also struggled to get the best out of Pogba and openly criticised certain members of his squad.

The 2018-19 campaign has been a poor one to date, with United 19 points adrift of leaders Liverpool following Sunday's 3-1 defeat at Anfield.

That was the team's fifth Premier League defeat of the season and the board have now decided to part company with the coach.

Assistant Michael Carrick will take temporary charge and an external appointment is set to be made before the end of the week.

A statement on the club's website read: "Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect.

"The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.

"A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager."

Tuesday's news marks the third time he has been sacked in December, having also lost his job in the final month of the year at both Benfica and Chelsea.

United's next game is on Saturday away at Cardiff, a game they are 11/20 to win, with the draw 14/5 and the Bluebirds 11/2.

The Red Devils are 14/1 to finish in the top four.

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Warnock: Home form is vital

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock knows that his side need to keep winning at home if they are to have any chance of avoiding relegation this season.

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The Bluebirds have beaten Fulham, Wolves and Brighton on home soil so far this term and entertain fellow relegation candidates Southampton on Saturday.

Saints appointed Ralph Hasenhuttl as their new boss this week after dispensing with the services of Mark Hughes and the Austrian is 6/4 to get his managerial tenure at Southampton off to a winning start by recording a victory at Cardiff.

"He's done really well where he's been," Warnock said of former Ingolstadt and RB Leipzig boss Hasenhuttl. "I'm sure they'll have a spring in their step and want to impress. But we've got lads who want to prove things as well.

"I think every game against teams outside the top six you've got to look to get points from. They're all tough games, you've just got to get what you can out of them.

"We'll be trying to win the game. Home form is going to be vital. We're at home, we've got that backing and the fans have been amazing again. We just need to make sure our own house is in order.

"The boys are giving everything. When the fans are down, the players give them a lift, and when the players are down, the fans give them a lift. It's a great situation to be in."

Cardiff, 21/10 to beat Southampton, are 4/7 to be relegated this term while Saints are 5/2 to go down.

Warnock: Our season starts now

Neil Warnock hopes that his Cardiff City players can build on Friday's 2-1 victory against Wolves and go on to avoid relegation this term.

The Bluebirds came from behind to defeat last season's top team in the Championship and secure their third top-flight win of the campaign following their previous triumphs against Fulham and Brighton.

Matt Doherty had given Wolves the lead but Warnock's team scored twice after the break through Aron Gunnarsson and Junior Hoilett to emerge victorious and leave them at 4/7 to be relegated this season.

Wolves are 33/1 to go down, Huddersfield 8/11 and Fulham 5/6.

"I'm really proud of them," Warnock said afterwards. "We're fighting against the odds, but we've got a great set of lads and we deserved that victory over the 90 minutes.

"At half-time I said to the lads that, two years ago on a Friday night, our season started when we beat Bristol City on the television. This match had to be the same – our season can start and that's how it felt – we didn't let anybody down and we deserved it.

"We've improved our squad and we've got to improve again in January. All my career I've tried to prove people wrong but this will still be the most difficult task because we've got to do a lot more."