Cardiff – Man City 25.08.2013
In the second round of Premier League, at Cardiff City Stadium meets two absolutely different teams, two different histories, two different football ideas, Cardiff City and Manchester City.
Cardiff returns in elite (Barclays Premier League) squad after 51 year. In the first round they had not lucky, they lost against West Ham Utd. by 2-0 and in this round expecting a much more difficult task, not to lose with too many conceded goals. Manuel Peligrini did brilliant job buying Fernandino and Navas. They show their magic in match against Newcastle which City won by 4-0. Navas was simply outstanding, he passed Newcastle’s defense as if there was no exists. Cardiff’s manager Malky Mackay knows that his team has no chance against Pellegrini’s “elite squad”.
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There is no doubt that Manchester City will trying to score a goal from first second of the match. Cardiff’s only chance would be counterattack. His last mutual duel was in FA Cup, 1994 where Cardiff won by 1-0. Cardiff City has no problems with injured players. On the other hand, Vincent Kompany has groin injury and he will not play in this match for sure. This could be good chance for Micah Richards or Javi Garcia to start new season. There is possibility that Vincent will be absent about a month.
This is for sure for me the safest tip of this round. Manchester City has idea, has game, has everything. There is a lot of good energy in team, they play especially. Their defense is very good, have extra quick goards such as Navas and Silva who can dribble past any opponent. I expect a lot of goals, more than 3 because of sad Cardiff’s defense and fantastic Manchester’s attack. I expect that Cardiff score no goals in this game. You can play what ever you want related for Man.City.