In their fight to become the first team in England to win the three national titles and the Champions League in the same season, Manchester City faces Cardiff on Sunday, January 28. Scheduled to start at 14h (GMT), the match, which closes the schedule of the fourth phase of the tournament, will be held at the Cardiff City stadium in Wales.
In this phase of the FA Cup, the definitions can happen in one or two matches. If there is a winner, the dispute is over. If the game is in the tie, it forces the re-confrontation with inverted field control. In this second match, there will be a mandatory definition, even if it is necessary to carry out a penalty extension and decision.
Cardiff’s recent performance
The Welsh team, which has already played the Premier League, is in the Championship, the Second Division of the English Championship. On Saturday, January 20, they drew 0-0 with Sheffield Wednesday away from home.
With equality, he remained in third position. He has 51 points (15 wins, 6 draws and 7 losses). In the Second Division, only the top two guarantee a spot in the Premier League. Second-placed Derby have two points more than Cardiff.
The Welsh are in the block that would have to dispute the third vacancy in the recapture. This group is formed by the teams that are between the third and sixth places. In that case, the advantage for Fullham, seventh place, is six points.
The team had a moment of decline in late 2017, when they suffered four straight losses. The 0-0 draw with Mansfield in the third round of the FA Cup at home halted the sequence of failures. In the last four games, the Welshmen collected two wins, including the 4-1 at Mansfield as visitors, and two draws.
The current form of Manchester City
Hit the ‘block’ is the big goal of millionaire Manchester City in these last months of the season 2017/2018. The team took another step to achieve the unprecedented feat on Tuesday, January 23. He beat Bristol City 3-2 at home and secured a spot in the English League Cup final.
In the English Championship, the situation is also very good. In the twenty-fourth round of the tournament, at home, City made 3-1 at Newcastle and rose to 65 points (21 wins, two draws and a loss). He has 12 points ahead of Manchester United, second place. In the English Cup, City made its debut in the third stage. At home, he thrashed Burnley 4-1. The fourth competition in which the Blues are involved is the Champions League. After securing the top spot of their group in the early stages, they will face Basel from February in the round of 16.
Having the possibility to enter history as the first team to win the four tournaments, Pepe Guardiola has not used the strategy of placing reserve teams in the field in the cups even against teams from previous divisions. With the big gap in the English Championship, you should use the competition as a platform relay platform and try out new options.
If you keep this line of action, you should put on the field the best you have on Sunday. Limitations are only imposed by bruises. They are in treatment of injuries the defender Benjamin Mendy (four games in English Championship 2017/2018, without goal); the Fabian Delph socks (16 games, a goal) and Phil Foden (a game, no goal); and striker Gabriel Jesus (18 games, eight goals).
History of the clashes between Cardiff and Manchester City
The teams met only twice. This happened in the 2013/2014 season of the Premier League. Who played at home won. In Cardiff, the Welsh made it 3 to 2. In Manchester, City made it 4-2.
Showing ambition to conquer all the titles that it contests, the City is the best option of guess for the match of this Sunday. He has a prize of 1.28 in Bet365. Draw has a return of 5.50. Victory of the Welsh pays 9.50 per invested real. Quotes were in effect at 16:08 on the 24/1/2018.