Manchester City will need a win against Cardiff City on Wednesday April 3rd to go back to the top of the Premier League. The Manchester club are locked in a fierce title race with Liverpool with only two points separating the two sides at the top of the table.
Cardiff on the other hand are in a relegation battle and suffered a major blow at the weekend after throwing away a 1-0 lead in the last ten minutes to lose 2-1 at home to Chelsea. The defeat felt especially cruel when replays showed one of the goals should have been ruled out for offside. The result left the Welsh side five points from safety with seven games remaining.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that Sergio Aguero will miss the game due to injury. The Argentinian striker failed to recover from a knock which resulted in him being substituted in the 2-0 win against Fulham at the weekend.
Captain Vincent Kompany is expected to be back in the squad after spending a month on the side-lines, but Fabian Delph remains injured. Long term absentees Claudio Bravo and Benjamin Mendy also remain out
On the other side the Bluebirds will have defender Jazz Richards back available after the 27-year-old recovered from a thigh injury. However, long-term absentees Callum Paterson and Sol Bamba remain out for the rest of the season.
According to the BBC City's boss Guardiola spoke before the game and said "It will not be a problem. We know what we are going to play for. Every single game is a final."
"Cardiff what I saw against Chelsea is alive. They have incredible spirit. It is not a team that is already done. It is there but we want to be there too," Guardiola said.
Cardiff City Manager Neil Warnock knows what his side are up against. The BBC reported the 70-year-old as saying: "We've got to do our best in the game. I doubt any of our squad could get in either two of their first teams."
"They've taken the Premier League to another level. And you're not only putting your wits against the very best - possibly in Europe - but it's the highest odds in a game this season; 40/1 in a two-horse race.
"The bookies say they've never seen betting like it," Warnock said.