Delayed debutants Cornelius and Jovetic could be key this afternoon

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Andreas Cornelius and Stevan Jovetic should feature in the game between Cardiff City and Manchester City this evening.

Today sees Manchester City take on Cardiff City at the inventively named Cardiff City Stadium - as the newly promoted side play their first game at home in Premier League football.

After last week’s uninspiring performance against West Ham United the Bluebird fans will be hoping to see their team put in a stronger performance at home against the 2012 Premier League champions - and many pundits favourites to win the title this season.

Under Manuel Pellegrini, the City fans had much more to shout about from their opening day of the season. They romped to a 4-0 victory against Newcastle United on Monday and did it all without one of their big new signings.

In fairness to Cardiff, their defeat against The Hammers came with one of their debutants missing.

But both should return for this tie.

Andreas Cornelius is confirmed fit for the tie after recovering from his ankle problem, while Stevan Jovetic should also feature in the tie after recovering from a hamstring injury.

For Cardiff the return of Cornelius could prove vital.

They looked impotent in attack at Upton Park last week, and the 6ft 4 ins goal machine should provide something like a little more oomph for the Welsh outfit this evening.

With Matija Nastasic and Vincent Kompany injured for the travelling party - Cornelius will be hopeful of implementing his aerial presence to aplomb against whoever steps in, with Javi Garcia likely to be his main target.

With that in mind, Cardiff cannot be entirely ruled out of this game - despite the obvious difference in class.

Yet you cannot help feel that of the ‘delayed debutants’ Jovetic will be more likely to have an impact on the game.

He is expected to be on the bench, regardless of his fitness, but Pellegrini will be keen to unleash him on the proceedings for the first time in the Welsh capital.

His persistence and guile may prove to be above the class some of these Cardiff players have had to play against in the past, never mind that of David Silva, Edin Dzeko or Sergio Aguero.

So in this battle, expect Jovetic to come out on top - but certainly don’t write off Cornelius to make an impact of his own.

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