Author: Bharath Ram
Last Updated: January 2, 2020
Manchester City take on Cardiff looking to reclaim the top spot in the Premier League. This match will be at the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City have not played since the second week of March. City briefly held the top spot in the league title race before being pushed back into the second spot by Liverpool, who have a two-point advantage. Cardiff City remain in the bottom three with the gap to safety increasing to 5 points after the weekend. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Manchester City were able to exert pressure on Liverpool by getting a 2-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday. This put City on top of the table for 24 hours before being demoted to the second place by Liverpool’s win. City have now picked up 12 consecutive wins in all competitions.
Despite a strong performance, Cardiff City were unlucky to lose 2-1 against Chelsea. Neil Warnock was aggrieved by a number of refereeing decisions that went against his team.
Cardiff were trashed by Manchester City in the reverse fixture, which ended 5-0 in favour of the latter back in September. Cardiff’s last league visit to the Etihad Stadium was in 2014 when they lost 4-2. Our betting tips and predictions expect a victory for Manchester City.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Manchester City win at 1.083[/bet_tip_now]
Cardiff are edging closer towards relegation with the team now five points away from safety in the last seven matches of the season. The lack of firepower from Cardiff is a major problem for Warnock, who got his tactics spot on against the possession-based style from Chelsea during the weekend. However, Cardiff’s tactics of stifling the midfield with man marking may not work against City, who are far more fluid. Our preview would go with a victory for Manchester City.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Manchester City win at 1.083[/bet_tip_now]
Manchester City vs Cardiff draw odds: 11.00
Cardiff City win odds: 21.00
Correct Score odds
Manchester City have been able to get a remarkable 15 goals in the last six matches while conceding just one. Cardiff’s record during the same period looks a complete reversal with the team shipping 13 goals in the last six matches. There will be rotation from City in order to deal with the fixture pileup. Hence, it is difficult to expect the same zing in the home team’s play. Our correct score prediction would still go with a 3-0 win for the home team.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Manchester City 3-0 win at 7.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
City have been able to get seven goals unanswered against Cardiff in the last two meetings. Both have taken place at the Cardiff City Stadium. A match at the Etihad Stadium will see Cardiff defend in big numbers and try to make it difficult for the home team. Still, our total goals prediction would go with over 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 1.22[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Sergio Aguero has been able to score in his last three appearances for City without fail. However, the striker may be rested for this encounter with the FA Cup game against Brighton coming up during the weekend. Gabriel Jesus played for 33 minutes against Fulham without scoring but he has been able to get a goal in the last appearance at the Etihad Stadium – against Schalke. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Gabriel Jesus.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Gabriel Jesus at 4.33[/bet_tip_now]
Free bet offers
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