To be played on Sunday 3rd November 2013 at 16:00 at Cardiff City Stadium
The highly-anticipated clash of the Premier League’s two Welsh sides finally takes place on Sunday afternoon in Cardiff.
These two teams do not like each other so you can expect there to be a raucous atmosphere inside the stadium and it would be surprising if tempers don’t boil over on the pitch itself.
On paper you would expect Swansea to win the game comfortably considering the run of form they are on and the quality players they have in their team, but this is a derby match and we know that anything can happen.
Cardiff’s home form has been strong, they have beaten Manchester City and drawn with Everton so it definitely won’t be easy for the visitors.
I expect this to end in a score draw and both sides would come away from the game happy with that outcome.
Cardiff have a relatively fully fit squad with Andreas Cornelius, who has been sidelined with an ankle problem, potentially making a return to the first team on Sunday.
Swansea will be without both Jonjo Shelvey and Ben Davies for the trip to Cardiff. Shelvey is suffering with a hamstring injury which could keep him out for a number of weeks.
Cardiff’s home record: Played 4, Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 2, Goals For 4, Goals Against 5
Swansea’s away record: Played 4, Won 2, Drawn 0, Lost 2, Goals For 4, Goals Against 3
Cardiff had 39% of the possession in their last match. A 0-0 draw at Norwich
Swansea had 67% of the possession in their last match. A 0-0 draw at home to West Ham
Cardiff’s last six games: 1 win, 2 draws, 3 losses
Swansea’s last six games: 2 wins, 2 draws, 2 losses
Five players to watch:
Swansea will need their strikers to be hitting top form when they face their rivals. Bony could be the difference between winning the game and coming away empty handed. His physicality will be a threat to the Cardiff defence and his partnership with fellow striker Michu will be crucial.
After having an outstanding first season in English football Michu has had a relatively slow start to this campaign but, in the last few games, he has shown signs of getting back to that form. If he can get to that level against Cardiff then it could be a long day for the Bluebirds.
Caulker will be the man tasked with trying to stop the pair of Bony and Michu. After his summer move from Tottenham he will feel he has a point to prove at his new club. It will be test for him and we will find out if he is up to the challenge.
Bellamy has played in many big games during his career so this atmosphere won’t faze him, in fact he will thrive on it. However big a role he plays in the game you can expect that he will impact it one way or another.
Marshall had an outstanding game against Manchester City and Tottenham so yet again he will be expected to be on top form on Sunday. Swansea like to keep possession of the ball so he could expect to have a busy day.
Last time they met: N/A
What is your prediction for the game?
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