It comes as no surprise to see Manchester City unbeaten after five games of the new Premier League season, and the same can be said of newly promoted Cardiff City who were expected to loitering near the foot of the table.
Pep Guardiola’s side have only dropped points once this season – a 1-1 draw away at Wolves – and should extend their unbeaten league run to six here at the Cardiff City Stadium.
City have not been their swashbuckling, free-scoring selves so far, a 6-1 victory over Huddersfield aside, but Pep’s men will certainly be eyeing a big scoreline against a very physical Neil Warnock outfit.
Cardiff’s only two points of the season so far have come via goalless draws against Newcastle and Huddersfield, but there’s very little chance of them being able to shut out the likes of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus this weekend.
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Let’s not kid ourselves here, there really should only be one outcome in this one.
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Cardiff have one of the worst defences in the league at the moment, conceding nine in their opening five games. Man City, on the other hand, are the joint highest scorers in the division with 14 goals scored already.
Only two of Cardiff’s fixtures have returned five or more goals and both of those came against Arsenal and Chelsea, which suggests they’re struggling to shut out the big boys. Three of Man City’s games, meanwhile, have returned at least three goals, all of which came against sides battling in and around the bottom of the division.
With all that in mind, five or more goals in this game is where we’re putting our money, with 5P0RTZ offering three times the points if correct.
Man City will score but it’s just picking the one player who offers the best value in this question in order to boost your chances of winning big.
We can’t look past Raheem Sterling, who is priced at x2 if he nets. Decent value for a player who scored 18 Premier League goals last season.
Given City’s attacking prowess, it’s no surprise that their games this season have averaged the joint highest corners in the division, with 11.2-per-game.
The team they’re joint with? Yep, it’s Cardiff. Warnock’s side are usually defending so deep that they’re giving away a lot of corners, so expect there to be corners well in to double figures in this match.
We quite like the look of 14 or more at x3.
There’s eight options to choose from in this section, and our attention is drawn to a penalty to be scored – offered at double your points if it comes in.
Man City will be spending a lot of time in and around Cardiff’s penalty area and the Bluebirds have already given away three penalties this season. Need we say anymore?
With Man City expected to enjoy most of the ball in this game, it’s more than likely going to be Cardiff players picking up the bookings.
Harry Arter is the one that stands out most, with three yellows already from his four appearances – 5P0RTZ aren’t offering a multiplier on this one, though.
This is the hardest question of the lot and where Man City are concerned, a goal could go in at any time.
To give you some kind of guidance, though, City have scored the bulk of their goals either in the first 15 minutes of the first-half or during the same period in the second.
However, Cardiff have conceded most of their goals in the final 15 minutes of games.
So now we’re back to where we started, pretty much. Just go with your lucky number, that’s what we’re doing.
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