Cardiff City-Manchester City Betting Preview: Expect a one-sided affair in Wales

The Citizens kicked off this season in style and our tipster is backing Manuel Pellegrini's men to continue their free-flowing attacking form
Manchester City travel to Wales this Sunday to face newly promoted Cardiff City. With Manchester United blitzing the Premier League last term, the 2011-12 champions have it all to do this year if they want to take their title back. This weekend could be an unknown test for them, with Cardiff City playing their first home Premier League game.

Malky Mackay's men didn't get off to the greatest starts last weekend, putting in an unconvincing performance against West Ham in a 2-0 loss. The Bluebirds didn't start well in the fixture, conceding an early goal, and never looked like getting back into it. Mackay has been extremely busy in the transfer window, spending over €30 million to date, acquiring the likes of Andreas Cornelius, Steven Caulker and Gary Medel. Betway price the Welsh side at 6/1 (7.00) to cause an upset this weekend.

City come into this match after demolishing Newcastle United 4-0. Despite a shaky end to their pre-season, early goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero set them on their way in their quest to win back the league title. Further goals from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri put Newcastle to the sword. Manuel Pellegrini will be looking for his side to continue this free flowing football against Cardiff this Sunday, with Betway pricing the Citizens at 9/20 (1.45) to take all three points. The same firm prices the draw at 16/5 (4.20).

With City outright too short to touch, it's worth looking elsewhere to find a price worth backing. The half-time/full-time market offers a great price, with City ht/ft at a generous 21/20 (2.05) with Betway. This bet would have paid out easily for City in their last game against Newcastle, as well as comfortably paying out against Cardiff in their opening Premier League game.

For those looking for more value, backing an explosive start to the match could pay out well. Over 1.5 total first-half goals is a fantastic 7/5 (2.40). With City likely to start how they finished against Newcastle, expect early goals. Whereas West Ham didn't build too much on their early goal against Cardiff, don't expect City to be as forgiving.

Man City HT/FT at 21/20 (2.05) 2pt with Betway Over 1.5 goals in the first half at 7/5 (2.40) 1pt with Betway

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