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 By Michael Cox

Cardiff's direct, no-nonsense style can test Manchester City

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol square off in predicting every fixture in the sixth week of Premier League action.
Resident fantasy expert Mark Donaldson shares his tips for this weekend's Premier League fixtures.
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero admitted he was very happy to extend his current contract at the club until 2021.

On Saturday, the greatest stylistic mismatch of the 2018-19 Premier League campaign takes place when promoted Cardiff City, managed by Neil Warnock, host Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

The statistics tell the story effectively. Man City's pass completion rate this season is 90 percent, a reflection of their determination to build patiently from the back and move the ball through a technically proficient midfield trio.

Cardiff, on the other hand, have a pass completion rate of just 64 percent....

Premier League W2W4: Can Man City bounce back? Tottenham desperately need win

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol square off in predicting every fixture in the sixth week of Premier League action.

Ahead of each round of fixtures in the Premier League, W2W4 looks at the main storylines to keep an eye on.

1. Manchester City face a different test

It was amusing that, a day after Liverpool's schooling of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League prompted some to conclude the French champions couldn't cut it in Europe because their domestic league was too easy, the English champions were beaten by Lyon. Manchester City weren't actually that bad and Pep Guardiola might turn this into a positive,...

Man City's lack of European history has caused fans to be slow to embrace the Champions League

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop assess where Manchester City's UCL opener went wrong following their 2-1 defeat against Lyon.
Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta admits he has no idea if manager Pep Guardiola's touchline ban would've had an effect on their 2-0 Champions League loss to Lyon.
Cristiano Ronaldo is sent off in controversial circumstances while Lyon take advantage of a sloppy Manchester City performance.

Manchester City may be England's longest-running Champions League representatives (eight consecutive seasons) but the club grabbed another, less impressive record in the dispirited home defeat by Lyon, notching their fourth consecutive defeat in the competition. Three of these have been at the Etihad, just to make it even worse.

No English club had hitherto achieved this particular landmark, underlining City's schizophrenic relationship with the Champions League.

This has raised a number of important...

Fabian Delph epitomises flat Man City performance in loss to Lyon

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop assess where Manchester City's UCL opener went wrong following their 2-1 defeat against Lyon.

If the result of Manchester City's 2-1 Champions League group-stage defeat to Lyon at home is a shock, then the performance of the hosts was even more surprising. The boos at full-time told the story: City didn't show up for 60 minutes and Lyon were able to keep the home side at arm's length for the duration. With Pep Guardiola watching from the stands, Mikel Arteta's test as his stead in didn't get off the ground.

Positives

There's very little positive to take from the game, beyond there being...

Lyon shock sloppy Manchester City as Nabil Fekir delivers the goods on the big stage

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop assess where Manchester City's UCL opener went wrong following their 2-1 defeat against Lyon.

MANCHESTER, England -- Here are three points on Lyon's 2-1 win over Man City in Group F of the UEFA Champions League. 

1. City shocked in UCL opener

The Champions League group stage is often criticised for being too routine for the big boys, but this was an eventful, unpredictable contest that ended with a genuine shock result. Manchester City entered arguably as the favourites to win the entire competition, never mind this game, while Lyon have started poorly in Ligue 1. A comfortable home...

Transfer Talk: Raheem Sterling might leave Manchester City over salary dispute

Stewart Robson explains how Jurgen Klopp's men can take on Manchester City and secure their first top flight title in 28 years. 

The transfer window for all of Europe's big five leagues is closed, but that doesn't stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around about who will be moving where come January.

City and Sterling in contract standoff

Manchester City have reached "deadlock" in contract talks with forward Raheem Sterling, according to the Guardian.

Next summer, England international Sterling will move into the final season of the five-year deal he signed when arriving at City from Liverpool in 2015.

And the Guardian says...