Sunday, 25 August 2013
Cardiff City vs Man City - Sunday 25th Aug 16:00 pm
Next up is newly promoted Cardiff City, after strolling to three points against Newcastle I expect us to take three points in our first away game of the season.
In my opinion this is going to be a tough game for Cardiff tomorrow and they will have to work extremely hard to avoid being hammered, for me Cardiff have one of the weakest squads in the league. They have made a decent signing in terms of experience in Medel and one that I believe to be a very good signing in Caulker but apart from those two and Bellamy, they are badly lacking in quality.
As for us, we were superb in our first game and I would think that Cardiff's defence will be overwhelmed with the amount of quality they are coming up against. The likes of Navas and Aguero should have a field day against what is effectively, a championship defence at best. Navas in particular is going to be a major problem for Cardiff, he never stopped against Newcastle and his quality did not fade either, it is scary to think that with more Premier League experience he will get better.
Only one issue for us tomorrow and that is the absence of Vincent Kompany, it makes me uneasy when Vinny is out and not just because we will miss his superb defencive skills, Vinny organises the team and breeds confidence. It will also be interesting to see who Pellegrini replaces him with, Nastasic has been training and he will most likely play but if he doesn't quite make it, who will he go with? Garcia is being mentioned as is Boyata, Garcia hasn't done bad when at centre back in pre season and against Newcastle, I however would like to see a once promising Boyata get his chance if Nastasic is not fit.
Man City Team News:
Kompany is missing with the groin injury he picked up against Newcastle, Micah Richards is likely to miss out with what is believed to be a hamstring injury, Nastasic has been training and could return to the squad after suffering with an ankle injury and Jovetic is expected to be in contention after having a minor hamstring problem.
Cardiff City Team News:
Cardiff are expected to be clear of any injuries with Andreas Cornelius set to be fit after suffering with an ankle injury and Andrew Taylor is set to return to the starting line up after serving a suspension.
Possible Man City Line Up: Hart, Zabaleta, Nastasic, Lescott, Clichy, Silva, Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Aguero, Dzeko.
Possible Cardiff City Line Up: Marshall, Connolly, Caulker, Turner, Taylor, Medel, Gunnarsson, Bellamy, Kim, Campbell, Cornelius.
My Prediction: Cardiff City 0 - 5 Man City.
Worth A Bet: Navas first goal in a 0 - 5 Man City win @ 300/1.