Manchester City vs. Cardiff City: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2014

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 10: Cardiff City's Peter Whittingham celebrates scoring a goal with teammate Frazier Campbell (L) during the Cardiff City v Athletic Club de Bilbao Pre Season Friendly game at the Cardiff City Stadium on August 10, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
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Manchester City have been flawless at home in English Premier League play this season, but Cardiff City will try to change that on Saturday.

Manuel Pellegrini's squad's only loss at Etihad Stadium came in Champions League action against Bayern Munich. However, they have been outstanding over the past few months, as noted by Opta Joe:

This is bad news for Cardiff City, who only have one win and three draws in 10 road matches this year. Then again, they defeated Manchester City earlier in the year to earn the club's first ever Premier League win.

Upsets occur all the time in this competitive league, which means that everyone should remain at attention for this exciting battle.


When: Saturday, Jan. 18

Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Time (U.S.): 10 a.m. ET

Time (U.K.): 3 p.m. GMT

Watch (U.S.): EPL channel 491 on DirecTV

Watch (U.K.): BBC 5

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra

Odds (via SkyBet): Manchester City (1-9), Cardiff City (20-1), Draw (8-1)


Top Storyline: Can Manchester City Keep Everyone Happy on the Attack?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Manuel Pellegrini, manager of Manchester City gives instructions with Brendan Rodgers, manager of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on December 26
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Sergio Aguero returned to action in Wednesday's FA Cup match after missing a month with a calf injury. He came in as a substitute in the 72nd minute and scored almost immediately, showing he is just as good as ever.

Pretty much everyone on Manchester City has been playing extremely well as of late, and the result is 10 wins and a draw in the last 11 matches. The club has not lost since Nov. 10 against Sunderland

However, the return of Aguero could end up being simply too much. Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko each had a brace against Blackburn, while David Silva and Yaya Toure are also expected to play against Cardiff, according to Richard Jolly of ESPN FC.

Of course, Pellegrini still thinks this is a good problem to have (per Jolly):

It is better for the manager to have difficult choices to select. They are three important players, Negredo and Dzeko are in a very good moment and Sergio is coming back from an important injury so the three are very useful for us.

While it is certainly nice to have this many talented players capable of scoring, he has to worry about the chemistry on the pitch as well as making sure each of them are getting enough playing time. 

Still, this line-up could be deadly for opponents trying to defend it.


Prediction: Manchester City 4, Cardiff City 0

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14:  Yaya Toure of Manchester City celebrates scoring the sixth goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on December 14, 2013 in Manchester, En
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Cardiff have scored 15 goals in the Premier League this season, which is only better than Crystal Palace. To make matters worse, they will be without key playmaker Jordon Mutch, via Yahoo! Sport.

This puts a lot of pressure on players like Peter Whittingham and Fraizer Campbell to make things happen. Unfortunately, they simply will not be able to do enough to score.

On the other hand, this will not be a problem for Manchester City. They are one of the most aggressive teams in Europe, and they have the talent to finish opportunities when they see them.

Live Football also showcases the balance that this squad has displayed this year:

Cardiff City simply do not have the personnel to stop this attack, and Manchester should be able to score at will to earn a home win.


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