Dzeko to find scoring touch
David John previews Sunday's two Premier League games with Edin Dzeko fancied to make an impact for Manchester City.
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The striker should have opened his account on Monday against Newcastle but ultimately missed a host of chances.
But that could not mask the fact he looks in confident mood under new boss Manuel Pellegrini and should be able to profit on their trip to south Wales.
Cardiff v Manchester City (1600BST)
You can't fail to have been impressed by Manchester City's opening shot across the bow under Manuel Pellegrini as they cruised home in a common canter on Monday night against Newcastle. But before we hand them the title again - Toon were really ordinary, even by their recent standards, and they also managed to shoot themselves in the foot with Steven Taylor's sending off just before half-time. But the prospects of the visitors keeping up the momentum here look pretty good with the newly promoted Bluebirds themselves starting in disappointing fashion at West Ham when they managed just one shot on target. They may have a chance to exploit Pellegrini's current lack of cover in central defence with just Joleon Lescott fit but it is hard not to see the former Premier League champions enjoying a profitable afternoon themselves in front of goal. Edin Dzeko had a hatful of chances on Monday night to open his account for the season and although he is not my favourite striker in the Premier League - probably not even at City - I get the impression he won't be as profligate in Wales. He is a 6/4 chance to score anytime and that is well worth a look.
Verdict: Cardiff 0 Manchester City 2
Manchester City have kept a clean sheet in 12 of their 19 Barclays Premier League games so far in 2013.
This will be the first league meeting between these two clubs since they met in the second tier back in March 1985.
Should he score, Craig Bellamy will become the first player in the history of the Barclays Premier League to score for seven different clubs in the competition.
Despite not scoring, Edin Dzeko's total of eight shots versus Newcastle in their opening game was more than he managed in any Premier League game last season.
Tottenham v Swansea (1600BST)
This has the prospects of being a decent quality contest with both sides recording classy victories in Europe in midweek. The perennial problem for punters is weighing up the fallout from those exertions with Spurs having the added burden of a lengthy journey to Georgia for their game. The latter continue to stockpile a tremendous amount of talent ahead of any imminent exit from Gareth Bale and although only just edging past Crystal Palace in their opener, some better finishing in the second half would have made that much more comfortable. They are a best price of 4/6 for another three points with the visitors an 11/2 poke to bounce back from last week's home loss to Manchester United with a win of their own. The consensus view is that Michael Laudrup's side coped pretty well and just found Robin van Persie's forward play and clinical finishing the difference. So some sharper defending will be required if they are to end a record that has not seen them win in 15 previous league visits to White Hart Lane. To be honest, I would like another look at these two before forming a firmer opinion and the best course of action at this juncture is a watching brief.
Verdict: Tottenham 2 Swansea 1
Tottenham have won nine and lost just one of their last 13 Barclays Premier League home games.
Swansea have won just one of their last nine Barclays Premier League away games (L5 D3), failing to score in five of these matches.
Roberto Soldado opened his goal scoring account for Spurs at Crystal Palace and has now scored 11 goals in his last nine in league competition.
Wilfried Bony scored with his first shot on target in the Premier League last weekend against Man Utd. He was the top scorer in the Dutch Eredivisie in 2012/13, with 31 goals.
Jan Vertonghen scored in both of the Premier League games between Spurs and Swansea last season.