After such an enthralling, thumping and uplifting victory over Newcastle in the opening game of the season, Manuel Pellegrini must be tempted to name as close an unchanged side as possible for this visit to face Cardiff. Vincent Kompany is out injured and could be replaced by one of Matija Nastasic, who has trained fully for the past couple of days, Dedryck Boyata or Javi Garcia. Otherwise, the manager has the opportunity to stick with the players who so comprehensively swept to a glorious win on Monday night.
However, there is the chance James Milner may be given the nod in midfield, while Samir Nasri is a contender afterimpressing as a substitute late on against Newcastle and Alvaro Negredo’s physicality could prove useful in what is potentially a tricky tie. There are options galore for Pellegrini, with the only certainty being that the quality on the bench will offer a reassuring presence in case matters aren’t going as planned.
Here is the side Pellegrini could select:
Referee: Lee Probert – He officiated three City matches last season, with the Blues winning, drawing and losing one each.
Prediction: Cardiff 0 – 3 MAN CITY – The home side will be fired up and determined to cause an upset, but while Craig Bellamy’s pace has the potential to hurt our backline, we should have far too much quality. There is a feelgood factor swirling around the club and goals from Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo will keep that going.