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Manchester City v Cardiff City

2nd April 2019, 17:26 by Tom McGarry

Manchester City can move back to the top of the Premier League standings by beating struggling Cardiff at the Etihad on Wednesday.

The Citizens currently sit two points behind leaders Liverpool, but they do have a game in hand on their title rivals and will fancy their chances of returning to the summit by beating a Cardiff side that are currently languishing in the relegation zone.

Confidence should certainly be high within the City camp, as Saturday's 2-0 victory at Fulham made it 11 wins from their last 12 league matches.

City also boast an impressive recent record against Cardiff, winning the last three meetings between the two sides, including a 5-0 demolition of the Bluebirds earlier this season.

Cardiff will head into the match in the bottom three and five points adrift of safety following their controversial 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea.

That result means Cardiff have now lost four of their last five league matches, while they have only won one of their last 20 away games against City in the league, with that triumph coming way back in 1961.

Despite being overwhelming favourites to win the match, City will have to do without leading scorer Sergio Aguero, who picked up a knock against Fulham.

Captain Vincent Kompany is available, however, following a month out with a muscular issue, although Fabian Delph remains sidelined.

Cardiff will once again be without long-term absentees Sol Bamba and Callum Paterson, although Jazz Richards has returned to training following thigh issue and could make his first top-flight start of the season.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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