Kick-off: 1500, 22/09/2018
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
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What Trueform says for Cardiff vs Man City
Cardiff have shown enough in two Premier League home games to suggest they can avoid being embarrassed by champions Manchester City.
The Bluebirds drew with Newcastle in Wales and gave Arsenal a real test at this venue before eventually going down 3-2.
This is obviously a huge challenge, but 3/2 for the hosts with two goals start is tempting enough to be our first Cardiff vs Man City prediction.
A Look At Cardiff City’s Betting Odds
Cardiff are coming off a 4-1 drubbing at Chelsea, but they did show enough ambition to snatch an early lead courtesy of Sol Bamba’s smart flicked finish from a set-piece ruse.
Manager Neil Warnock heralded the “unplayable” Eden Hazard for a Stamford Bridge hat-trick, but was quick to point out his side only trailed 2-1 with 10 minutes left on the clock.
Although disappointed with the late goals conceded, he insisted: “I thought we were in the game for 80 minutes.”
Victor Camarasa and Danny Ward had previously netted in an entertaining clash with the Gunners and Warnock seems keen to give it a go against the big guns.
Last Cardiff line-up: Etheridge, Bennett, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Bamba, Arter, Ralls, Reid, Camarasa, Ward, Hoilett.
Warnock says he has to assess “one or two niggles” picked up in training, as well as the effects of a virus which has affected the camp this week.
On-loan midfielder Harry Arter should be fit after being forced off by illness at Chelsea, but Aron Gunnarsson misses out again after suffering another knock in training.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
Manchester City made light work of beating Fulham 3-0 in their last Premier League game, with Leroy Sane, David Silva and Raheem Sterling on target before they eased off.
However, Pep Guardiola still thought it was another sloppy performance short of last season’s incredibly high levels.
“My reaction is when they miss simple things – that is when I cannot handle myself,” said the Spaniard.
“When a guy has a simple ball but they make an extra pass, an extra dodge and they miss the pass, I’m angry, I’m upset with my players. They know that, we spoke many times.”
The title holders were held to a 1-1 draw in their last away game at Wolves and suffered a surprise Champions League loss to Lyon at Etihad Stadium in midweek.
We still expect the Blues to prevail, but 9/1 for a workmanlike 2-1 victory is a value addition to our Cardiff vs Man City betting tips.
Last Man City EPL line-up: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Delph, B Silva, D Silva, Fernandinho, Sterling, Aguero, Sane.
City full-back Benjamin Mendy, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury, is still out this weekend.
Chelsea 4-1 CARDIFF – Souleymane Bamba
MAN CITY 1-2 Lyon – Bernardo Silva
Head-to-head: Cardiff 0-2 Man City
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