Local rivals who faced each other in the fourth tier of English football only 14 years ago clash for the first time in the Premier League when Swansea visit Cardiff in the Welsh capital.
Less than 45 miles lie between the clubs’ respective stadiums, but Swansea sit seven places above Malky Mackay’s team in the top flight and they are taken to triumph in this fixture at odds of 5/4.
Cardiff are 21/10 to pick up their third Premier League win and it’s 23/10 about the draw.
Swansea have been better on the road than at the Liberty Stadium this term.
Despite their home heroics in the Europa League – where Swansea breezed through the preliminary rounds and have won once and drawn once in Wales since – the recent 4-0 battering of Sunderland was Michael Laudrup’s team’s first win on their own turf in the Premier League this season.
They have fared far better on their travels, with one more point picked up on the road than at home despite playing a game less.
One of those victories was against a West Brom outfit that finished above them in eighth in 2012/13 and the Swans also thumped Valencia 3-0 at the Mestalla.
Mackay’s men have lost their last two games at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The Bluebirds’ dramatic 3-2 win against Man City in their first ever Premier League home tie is looking more and more like a fluke as the season progresses as the top-flight new boys have not claimed victory in Wales since.
One point is all Cardiff have to show for home endeavours against Everton, Spurs and Newcastle and since the start of April they have only won three out of nine games in front of their own fans.
Cardiff have drawn once and lost twice in the Premier League since Mackay ally Iain Moody was sacked.
Many shrewd football observers are shocked to see the Scot still in the manager’s seat at Cardiff and the storm surrounding the departure of the club’s head of recruitment is sure to intensify with the news that Moody’s replacement – 23-year-old former work experience intern Alisher Apsalyamov – has been asked by the Home Office to stand down from his post.
Turmoil off the pitch has translated into poor performances on the pitch and the point gained recently against Norwich was largely due to an inspired performance from keeper David Marshall, who made ten saves against the Canaries.
With Wilfried Bony and Michu looming large Cardiff will not be able to rely on their goalie’s heroics for a second game running and Swansea are the pick to take all three points in this historic clash.