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22/09/2018 Kick Off:  3:00 pm Cardiff City Stadium V Predicted Score:0 - 5

Away Manchester City

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Match Summary

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City to run riot. The champions may be missing talisman Kevin de Bruyne but have a host of other star names to make the home side pay. The visitors are 13/20 to net in both halves of action, while the both teams to score predictions offer is audaciously available at 5/4.

13/20 Manchester City to score in both halves
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One to Watch: Leroy Sane

The left winger endured a difficult summer, failing to make Germany’s World Cup squad who travelled to Russia – an omission that sent shockwaves around the globe. Sane had just come off the back of winning a domestic double and deservedly being voted PFA Young Player of the Year by his peers. The supremely-gifted Schalke youth graduate returned to Man City in July for the new campaign but suffered similar disappointment under Guardiola, with the Catalan favouring Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling, in a real wake-up call for the wide man. Sane has since got himself back in favour and marked his first-team comeback with the opening goal against Fulham after two minute. He’s priced at 13/10 to score anytime and maintain his recent form.  

13/10 Leroy Sane to score anytime
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Team News

Cardiff City's Last Six:
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This Premier League preview opens with 17th-placed Cardiff City. The hosts have yet to win a match in English football’s top flight after achieving automatic promotion from the Championship. In their previous fixture, Neil Warnock’s men took a shock lead against Chelsea, before the Londoners took control and ran away with the result at Stamford Bridge.

Warnock tested Danny Ward in the lone striker’s role but could give a chance to Gary Madine or recall Kenneth Zohore to the starting line-up as Cardiff seek to end their barren run in front of goal.  

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Champions Manchester City have no such issues going forward with Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Riyad Mahrez all battling it out for the front three places. Pep Guardiola is likely to ring the changes after the Sky Blues’ midweek exploits, though, with Ilkay Gundogan pushing for inclusion.

Defenders John Stones and Vincent Kompany will also hope to feature after sharing game time with Aymeric Laporte and Nicolas Otamendi.

Cardiff City vs Manchester City Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Manchester City football preview
Will Cardiff be Sergio Aguero’s next victim?

After failing to sufficiently bring in both personnel and star quality, Cardiff City went into the new season as the overwhelming favourites for immediate relegation. While Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham find their feet, it’s the Bluebirds who look set for a nine-month battle to avoid the drop. To their credit, Cardiff have picked up two respectable draws from their opening five games but now face the daunting task of stopping an irresistible Manchester City side. Pep Guardiola’s travelling party have racked up 14 goals from 450 minutes of action and unless they have a rare off day, they can expect to continue this rich vein of goalscoring form.

Premier League football predictions for this David vs Goliath contest highlight Cardiff at 28/1 to pull of a stunning result. The under-fire hosts gave a good account of themselves in the opening 45 minutes against Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea but need maximum concentration from the first whistle to the last. Warnock will hope his men can earn a couple of set pieces close to Man City’s goal with Sol Bamba a real threat in the air.  

Further Premier League predictions show the champions at 1/6 to pick up an expected three points. The Citizens could have the match sealed swiftly, meaning it is likely to be a long afternoon for Bamba and co.    

A share of the spoils is 6/1 in the latest football betting predictions market and is unlikely. The Sky Blues only drew four times last year and this outcome would be as surprising as a defeat. 

Sergio Aguero is predictably the 9/4 favourite to open proceedings in this Premier League preview. The Argentine is City’s all-time top scorer and Cardiff could really be put to the sword if he gets a sniff on goal. The striker is 6/1 to get himself a hat-trick.

Bobby Reid is 18/1 in the same first-scorer market and has showed flashes of why Warnock splashed out a sizable on him. Reid has previous against Man City, scoring the opening goal for Bristol City in their Carabao Cup semi-final last season, and his industry will be fundamental to Cardiff’s chances. 

Predicted Score: Cardiff City 0 - 5 Manchester City

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Written by Nick Valerio

Nick Valerio is a football fanatic whose writing has appeared online and in print. A Manchester United and Roma fan, Nick names Francesco Totti as his idol and Fabio Grosso’s World Cup-winning penalty in 2006 as his favourite moment in sport.