Competition/Round: 2018/19 English Premier League Season – Matchday 6
Date/Time: Cardiff City vs Manchester City – Saturday, 22 September 2018, 15:00 (UK & Nigeria); 10:00 EST, 07:00 PST (USA); 19:00 IST (India)
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistants: Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett
Fourth Official: Darren England
TV Info: CNBC (USA)
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live (USA)
Radio: BBC Radio Manchester (UK); TalkSport Radio World (UK)
Following an entertaining series of events in this season’s first set of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches, the English Premier League is back underway. Welsh club Cardiff City will host English visitors Manchester City.
The home side have struggled following their promotion to the EPL. They have managed only four goals in six matches across all competitions, and they have only kept two clean sheets. In short, the newly-promoted side have been unable to secure their footing in their new division, and they will have a mountain to climb if they hope to obtain a result against the EPL’s current champions.
Meanwhile, Manchester City were recently shocked during midweek in what was a horrendous Champions League affair. The Blues simply looked lost in their defeat to French team Olympique Lyonnais. Following this poor display, the Mancunian side will look to bounce back and prove why they are one of the deadliest sides in European football.
Cardiff City are without Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, who is sidelined with an injury until November 2018. Aron Gunnarsson and Joshua Murphy, who have recently overcome their injuries woes, have returned to training but may not be risked in this match.
Manchester City’s injured contingency includes Kevin De Bruyne, Claudio Bravo and Benjamin Mendy. Danilo and Eliaquim Mangala have returned to training.
Etheridge; Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Ralls; Camarasa, Arter, Hoilett, Reid; Ward
Manager: Neil Warnock
Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Delph; B. Silva, Gündoğan, D. Silva; Sterling, Agüero, Mahrez
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Over the first five EPL matches this season, Cardiff City have earned only two points from a possible fifteen. Moreover, they were knocked out of the EFL Cup – Round 2 by Championship side Norwich City. In other words, the start of their 2018/19 EPL campaign is anything but extravagant. On the contrary, it has been rather drab.
Nonetheless, it was the recently promoted side that stole the show on their last encounter at the Cardiff City Stadium in the EPL. Back in August 2013, the Blue Birds defeated the Blues in what was a rather shocking state of affairs. Despite the visitors being superior on paper, the home team stole the show in what was to be a historic win.
Manchester City will have to be cautious against their opponents, knowing a similar slip-up in Wales, like their dreadful performance against Lyon, could be costly in their attempt to retain their title. It is likely City manager Pep Guardiola laid into his players following the defeat in midweek, and to impress their manager, the Blues will look to bounce back in this match. Whilst the match may not be pretty, it is predicted the visitors will edge out as the victors by fulltime.
Cardiff City 1-2 Manchester City