Cardiff v Swansea Odds : Punters eye draw in frantic South Wales derby

The highly anticipated first ever all-Welsh Premier League game will take on Saturday when Cardiff take on rivals Swansea at the Cardiff City Stadium.

With points and bragging rights, not to mention a place in history up for grabs the game promises to be a fiery and passionate affair.

Just two points separates the two teams in the table with Swansea sitting 9th in the table after a run of three wins and two draws from their opening nine games. The Jacks will head into the game as the favourites given their additional 24 month head start to life in the top division.



Latest Odds : Cardiff 9/4, draw 12/5, Swansea 11/8
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A busy fixture schedule has proved a distraction for the club tipped to challenge for European places this season. Michael Laudrup’s side drew at home to West Ham United last time and have won only two of their last 5 games.

They have won twice on the road already this season beating Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion away.

Cardiff meanwhile have adapted well to life in the top flight and currently sit 16th in the table having won two and drawn three so far. Home form has been key to their strong start with Manchester City and Everton struggling on their trips to Wales.

Malkay Mackay’s side have proved resilient on the road too and drew 0-0 with Norwich last time out and the draw will give his side some much needed confidence ahead of the game after two straight defeats.
Much of that defensive resilience has been down to summer signing Steven Caulkner and the former Spurs defender, who spent time on loan with Swansea, is relishing the prospect of playing his former employers.

“There will be no hard feelings. Going into the Swansea game, it will obviously be a very hostile atmosphere” Caulkner told Sky Sports.

“It’s one I look forward to playing in and being involved in. I have heard a lot about it over the years, so I will be excited for that game. It will be a tough test.

“I enjoyed my time there and I have got a lot of respect for the club but when we do play them, I will be looking to get the better of them.”

Mackay has no major injury worries heading into the game with Andreas Cornelius edging closer to a first team return following an ankle injury.

Swansea meanwhile will be without Jonjo Shelvey as he struggles with a hamstring injury while Ben Davies is also side-lined with an ankle injury.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.