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Manuel Pellegrini’s men are expected to secure a comfortable win away at newly promoted Cardiff City in Wales

Cardiff City got their return to English topflight football after 51 years on a sad note crashing  2-0 at West Ham  on the opening day. Malky Mackay's Bluebirds will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways when they host Manchester City on Sunday.

For the visitors, they romped to victory over Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium and will be looking to continue their impressive run in the EPL when they travel to Wales.

The 2011-2012 champions are favorites to pin down their hosts in this tie based on their impressive run in recent games. Ladbrokes price the Manchester based outfit at 9/20 (1.45) to secure their first away win of the current league campaign.

Cardiff City have lost just one of their last 12 home matches in league competition and can be backed at 11/2 (6.5) to pull a shock victory over last seasons’ league runners up at the Cardiff City Stadium. The draw hit a generous 7/2 (4.5) shot with the same firm.

Just like their visitors, Mackay has been extremely busy in the transfer window, spending over €30 million to get the likes of Andreas Cornelius, Steven Caulker and Gary Medel. Ladbrokes price the Welsh team to win either half of the encounter at 19/10 (2.90).

The Citizens will be without their influential skipper , Vincent Kompany, no thanks to a groin injury suffered in their victory against Newcastle United. This absence will no doubt leave Pellegrini with defensive problems, with Matija Nastasic having only returned to training this week after an ankle injury even as Micah Richards continue to stay on the sideline due to injury.

Not minding this minus, Manchester City is tipped to go goal crazy between 2-3 goals at 17/20 (1.95) with the likes of Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, and Edin Dzeko expected to play key roles.

And for the goal getters, Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero are joint favorites to set the stadium alive with goals at odds of 4/1 (5.00) as they also appear at EVS(2.00) to get goals at any time.

For Punters looking for more value, backing a total goal over 1.5 is a fantastic 1/5 (1.20) because it paid off in Manchester City’s last EPL match .

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