All eyes will be on South Wales on Sunday afternoon as Cardiff face Swansea in the first Welsh derby of the Premier League era. For fans and punters alike its sure to be a day full of tension and anxiety, as these cities only 40 miles apart lock horns.
These derbies have a history of providing controversy, potential unsavoury scenes, but most importantly an electric atmosphere as both sets of fans will be frothing at the mouth in excitement.
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Cardiff come into the game on the back of some disappointing results, with Malky MacKay struggling it seems to come to terms with plenty of off field goings on, in particular a change in his Chief Scouting personel.
Whether this has coincided with a Bluebird slump remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt that the Scottish manager was affected by the background upheaval caused by Vincent Tan, who removed a well respected member of the Scot’s backroom staff without consultation.
The home side are 5/2 to secure all three points, which looks about right considering they have won once in their last six. Their recent home form has been particularly disappointing, considering their superb start to the season, defeating Manchester City and holding Everton to a draw, as the team has failed to kick on from these encouraging performances.
Two consecutive losses to Tottenham and Newcastle have seen the side slump to 16th place, and there’s no doubt that Mackays’ plans of putting plenty of men behind the ball and looking for the draw is not to everyone’s liking.
One thing’s for sure, Cardiff fans will be hoping their side does not sit back against a Swansea side reknowned for their impressive style of passing football.
The Swans are still yet to reach the giddy heights of last season, but a 4-0 win over Sunderland and a draw with West Ham put the away side in good spirits for this game.
The price of 13/10 on the Swansea away win is sure to attract plenty of attention from punters, considering Laudrup’s side have already won twice on the road against teams in the bottom half of the table.
This of course, is a derby and recent form and results will probably not have too much of a bearing on the game however.
Michu will once again feature prominently and could well lead the line against a stubborn looking Cardiff back four.
Expect a tight, nervy affair, and goals could be at a premium. With so much at stake, both managers and fans would probably settle for a draw.