Manchester City vs Cardiff City Preview
Manchester City will be looking to regain their spot at the top of the Premier League on Wednesday night as they host Cardiff at the Etihad.
The Citizens coasted past Fulham on Saturday thanks to goals from Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero.
Cardiff were beaten 2-1 by Chelsea in controversial fashion on Sunday as Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored a stoppage time winner.
Victor Camarasa opened the scoring shortly after half-time, but Cesar Azpilicueta levelled the scores with just five minutes to go from an obvious offside position.
His goal was the main talking point from a host of disputable decisions that went against Cardiff and led to Neil Warnock’s aggressive comments.
City top scorer Sergio Aguero will miss the game having come off against Fulham with an injury.
However, manager Pep Guardiola is hopeful he will be available for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final. City will also be without Fabian Delph who remains unavailable with injury.
City manager Pep Guardiola is excited about his teams run in but knows that Cardiff must be the main focus.
He told the press “Everyone is excited about the next weeks, but we also know we can lose everything.
“Beating Cardiff is our main target, then we go to Wembley and we want to try and win a trophy I have never won.”
Neil Warnock expressed his anger towards the refereeing not only against his team on Sunday but in the Premier League in general.
He directed his feelings towards the Head of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited Mike Riley.
Warnock told journalists “I always thought Mike Riley was a manufactured referee from day one.
“I don’t think he’s changed since then. He’s been coached, manufactured, almost like a robot.
“He knows everything about the rules, but I feel these people struggle to understand the game and the human element. A lot of referees are like Mike Riley and that’s why I think we have gone backwards.”
Manchester City won the last meeting between the two sides at the end of September in comfortable fashion. They won 5-0 thanks to two goals from Riyad Mahrez, Ikay Gundogan, Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva.
Cardiff last beat the Citizens in 2013 during their only other Premier League season.
The Welsh outfit ran out 3-2 victors as they scored three second half goals which included a brace from Fraizer Campbell.