Cardiff v Man City Betting Tips – 28th January 2018
Manchester City had to work much harder to book their place in the final of the Carabao Cup than Pep Guardiola wanted.
The City manager was hopeful his players could put the tie beyond reach for Bristol City in the first leg at the Etihad. It was not to be as the Robins turned in an excellent performance and were unfortunate to lose 2-1.
Even when Man City thought they had broken the spirit of their opponents in the second leg, Bristol City showed their fighting spirit again to keep the game alive until the final kick.
The effort the Man City players put in on Tuesday night will have implications for Sunday’s game against Cardiff.
With a round of midweek Premier League action to come as well, Guardiola will likely make several changes to his team for their trip to the Welsh capital.
Will Cardiff be able to take advantage of a weaker Man City team in front of their own fans?
Man City to do Enough to Make it Through
Neil Warnock would probably laugh in the face of anybody who suggests that Man City will play a weakened team against his Cardiff side. After all, the weakness of a team is relative and we’re talking about the runaway Premier League leaders against a team from the Championship.
Except that Cardiff are no ordinary Championship team.
Since taking over at the club, Warnock has transformed the Bluebirds from relegation candidates to genuine contenders for automatic promotion.
Cardiff are currently third in the Championship, just two points behind Derby so there’s every chance this could be a top flight fixture next season.
If Cardiff do win promotion, their next match against Man City will be against the defending Premier League champions.
It’s going to take a miracle for any of the chasing pack to overturn Man City’s lead at the top of the table. They are the best side in the country by some margin and will surely win Sunday’s game at 33/100 with Marathonbet.
Don’t Expect a Classic in Front of the TV Cameras
Cardiff’s run to the upper echelons of the Championship has been built on a few core elements.
The Bluebirds are excellent at home (they’ve lost just twice at the Cardiff City Stadium this season), they’re resilient (they recently put an end to four straight defeats with a thumping 4-0 win) and they have the third best defensive record in the division.
Warnock has been around football for long enough to understand that trying to take the game to Man City is not a wise idea for Cardiff.
The Bluebirds will do all they can to disrupt their opponent’s rhythm and will sit deep to stop them having any space in which to operate.
Man City could well find it tough to break Cardiff down, especially if Guardiola rests his best creative players. So, a bet on under 2.5 goals could pay dividends at 13/8 with Unibet.
Another good way of profiting from a stubborn Cardiff performance is by backing the 0-0 half time score which is available at 3/1 with William Hill.
Sterling Capable of Making the Breakthrough
Such is the calibre of the squad available to Guardiola that world class players are always going to miss out on a place in his starting XI.
Raheem Sterling has become used to starting for Man City this season but he was one of those who had to watch the match against Bristol City from the substitutes’ bench.
That should ensure that Sterling plays from the start against Cardiff and he could be the man to make the all important breakthrough for his team. Sterling’s only increased in importance for Man City and looks a good first goalscorer bet at 31/10 with BetVictor.