The first ever Welsh derby in Premier League history takes place this weekend, with Cardiff hosting fierce rivals Swansea in a game that neither will want to lose. Cardiff have only 9 points from 9 games and are only 2 places above the relegation zone, and though they won't need any more motivation to win this match, the knowledge that 3 points would take them above the Swans could propel them forwards.
What to expect from the Match
Cardiff did exceptionally well against Manchester City to get one of their two wins. While they have allowed 13 goals this season their goalkeeper, David Marshall, has made the most saves in the league with 44, 10 more than the next closest. They have struggled recently with scoring having scored one or fewer goals in five of their last six matches.
Swansea put in a good year last season, but have struggled with consistency to start this season. This is mostly due to their obligations in the Europa League. They have struggled the most in matches following a midweek Europa League match. This included last weekend’s 0-0 draw against West Ham United. In away matches this season they are 2-0-2 having kept two clean sheets and scoring two goals in their two wins. They allowed three goals and scored none in their two losses.
Cardiff are again without only Andreas Cornelius, so there could be little in the way of changes to Malky Mackay's team. Fraizer Campbell has been firing blanks up front and so Peter Odemwingie could lead the line here. The back 5 is likely to remain the same.
Jonjo Shelvey missed the draw with West Ham last week with a hamstring injury and is a doubt for this match. Ben Davies is still a few weeks from a return and Neil Taylor will start at left-back. Wilfried Bony could come back in up front with Alvaro dropping out after a tame display against West Ham.
Players to watch out for
Jordan Mutch (Cardiff): The young Englishman has had a good few games coming off the bench, scoring two and assisting one goal in his eight appearances. He could be in line for a start, and will look to make the most of this opportunity if he gets it.
Michu (Swansea City): The talismanic Spaniard has been in fine form and his performances have been rewarded with his first Spain cap. He will again be pulling the strings of the Swansea attack from a slightly deeper role.
Predicted Starting line ups
It’s likely to be a very close, hard fought match with Cardiff City just edging it for a win. Since this is a derby there is every chance for some surprises and the match could go either way. Most of the bookies are giving Swansea the slight advantage, but this could be a good one to pick Cardiff considering that they are the home team.
Cardiff City 2-1 Swansea City