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Man City vs Cardiff: Hosts can cruise back into top spot

Kick-off: 1945, 03/04/2019

Stadium: Etihad Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

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Manchester City are expected to storm back to the Premier League summit when entertaining Cardiff at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.

The champions have rattled off seven straight wins in this competition and romped to a 5-0 victory when these teams met in Wales earlier this season.

This may not be quite so emphatic, though, as Pep Guardiola’s men appear to be content with enjoying routine victories during a busy business end of the campaign.

So 6/1 for a straightforward 3-0 triumph is our opening Man City vs Cardiff prediction.

A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds

City coasted past hapless Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage on Saturday, with Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero on target in a one-sided contest as they continue their quest for a historic quadruple.

However, with Liverpool edging out Tottenham to return to the top of the table, Guardiola is predicting only seven wins from their remaining seven matches will allow them to retain the league title.

The Spaniard is relishing the challenge, though, stating: “Sometimes, to play with that pressure is nice, it’s necessary to get the best out of ourselves.

“There’s no complaints about our mentality, what happened last season and this season again.

“The players are not stupid, about the fact we’re trying something so difficult to achieve.

“The way we started to play against Fulham, they show me we want to do it.

“What’s next is Cardiff, so we’ll prepare well and go like a machine to win. Mentally, the players are ready.”

The Blues created a flurry of early chances at Craven Cottage and went in front after just five minutes.

Fast starts have become the norm and 3/2 for the hosts to score inside 15:00 minutes again here stands out from the Man City vs Cardiff odds.

Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Gundogan, De Bruyne, B Silva, D Silva, Zinchenko, Sterling, Aguero.

A Look At Cardiff City’s Betting Odds

Cardiff went into the international break on the back of a fine 2-0 defeat of West Ham and threatened to upset Chelsea on Sunday before suffering late misfortune.

Cesar Azpilicueta was standing two yards offside when cancelling out Victor Camarasa’s opener in the 84th minute.

Antonio Rudiger could then have been sent off for dragging down Kenneth Zohore, before Ruben Loftus-Cheek snatched a heart-breaking decider in stoppage time.

Neil Warnock branded Premier League officials the “worst in the world” and declared: “It’s soul-destroying, really. I can understand why the lads are down.”

That result left the Bluebirds stuck five points from safety and this is now the first of three away fixtures.

Riyad Mahrez bagged a late double when these teams clashed in Wales back in September and he will be hoping for a chance to shine after getting just a few minutes of action over the weekend.

Let’s go with the former Leicester winger to score the last goal in this match at 5/1 to finish off our Man City vs Cardiff betting tips.

Last Cardiff line-up: Etheridge, Peltier, Bennett, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Arter, Murphy, Gunnarsson, Camarasa, Niasse, Hoilett.

Additional stats

Last result:

Fulham 0-2 MAN CITY – Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero

CARDIFF 1-2 Chelsea – Victor Camarasa

Head-to-head: Cardiff 0-5 Man City, Cardiff 0-2 Man City

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