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Cardiff City host Manchester City on Saturday, kicking off at 3:00pm local time. Manchester City will want to get back to winning ways after a poor display against Lyon in the Champions League in midweek. Cardiff will be cursing their luck at the fixtures, knowing that they have just competed against Arsenal and Chelsea in recent weeks, and now they host the current champions.

Home Team: Cardiff City

It was always going to be giving an unenviable task of staying in the Premier League for Cardiff City, but manager Neil Warnock would bite your hand off for a 17th place finish this season. Currently, they sit in that particular position, and would dream it remains that way in May. Cardiff City have recently played against Arsenal and Chelsea, two ‘top six’ clubs, and troubled Arsenal and took the lead against Chelsea, however more importantly, they were not able to get a crucial point. They face Manchester City on Saturday, and there target will be to frustrate them, and try to nick a result and provide an encouraging performance for their fans. With Cardiff only scoring three goals in their first five matches, it would be hard for them to trouble the Manchester City side. Cardiff have no new injury concerns, but instead some better news, as Iceland international Aron Gunnarsson is cleared fit to be selected, as is Nathaniel Mendez-Laing who is back following a hamstring injury that was picked up in their stalemate against Huddersfield.

Away Team: Manchester City

In terms of performances, it’s hard for Manchester City to repeat what they had achieved last season. Reaching 100 points in the Premier League was a record that they had smashed, and even the most ardent City fan would not expect them to reach the same level of performance. However, Manchester City will want to retain their Premier League title, and of course go further in the Champions League. Their expectations would have taken a serious hit though after their defeat to Lyon, and not only that, but an uncharacteristic performance from them many of their star players will bring their fans back down to earth. Now, with the focus shifting back to the Premier League, they will hope to get an ‘easy victory’ against the Bluebirds, and restore normality for the club. They have already dropped points to Wolves so far this season, so dropping more points would be unthinkable, as it would give a huge boost to the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea.

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Head to Head

The two sides have met 50 times in their history, with Manchester City winning 21, and Cardiff winning 9. Out of those 50 times though, only three have been played in recent times (since 1994), with two of them games being in the Premier League campaign back in 2013/2014 season. Manchester City had won their home fixture 4-2, and Cardiff City had won theirs at 3-2. So two very entertaining matches with many goals, with each side winning one match apiece. The clubs most recent meeting was last season, when Cardiff City hosted Manchester City in the FA Cup, and the away side ran out comfortable 2-0 winners. Kevin De Bruyne was the scorer that day, but he is out of action for this fixture.

Predictions and Betting Tips

Despite being the home side, you can get incredible odds of Cardiff to win this match at 16/1. Manchester City are overwhelming favourites at 1/6, with a draw being priced at 6/1.

Stranger things have happened, but if you think Cardiff can repeat their 2013 success of winning 3-2, then you can get that for odds of around 150/1! However, I feel that Pep Guardiola will demand a reaction from his side and win this match relatively comfortably. A 3-1 score line to the visitors is at 11/1 and would be my first tip.

Aguero came off the bench against Lyon, but is expected to start on Saturday, and he is favourite to score the first goal at 9/4. Cardiff City conceded 3 goals to Arsenal, and 4 away at Chelsea, so that would suggest that Manchester City will have similar joy, so betting on Manchester City to get 4+ goals may be the way to go, priced at 15/8.

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