Predicted Cardiff XI to play Swansea - Bellamy set for recall

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay is searching for a win in this local derby, and is looking for Craig Bellamy to be his matchwinner

Despite speculation surrounding his future, Cardiff boss Malky Mackay will take his place on the sideline this weekend as his side take on fierce rivals Swansea.

The Bluebirds have endured a tricky start to the season with just two wins to their name having gained promotion last term, but one of those victories came against Manchester City in a thrilling 3-2 win.

Midfielders Don Cowie and Aron Gunnarsson will be pushing for starting berths in Mackay's team this Sunday having been introduced as half time substitutes in the 0-0 draw with Norwich last weekend, but seem set to miss out once again as Mackay keeps faith with Chilean Gary Medel, despite Swansea full back Angel Rangel saying the £11m price tag for the former Sevilla midfielder was “too expensive”.

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Fellow substitute Craig Bellamy looks set to start the game though, with Mackay searching for a win after taking just one point from the last three fixtures. Bellamy's experience will be vital for the Bluebirds, but his hot-headed nature needs to be kept in check, with tempers bound to be frayed as the two local rivals meet for the first time in Premier League.

£8m summer signing Andreas Cornelius has barely featured for Cardiff since his move from FC Copenhagen, and it seems his ankle injury has cleared up and he could be amongst the substitutes this weekend, as manager Mackay waits for his big signing to make an impact.

Predicted Cardiff line-up: Marshall; Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, Taylor; Medel; Odemwingie, Mutch, Whittingham, Bellamy; Campbell

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