Match Preview: Swansea City vs Cardiff City

The last time around Cardiff lost 3-0 at the Liberty

It’s been a while… and we’re back!

Tomorrow marks a huge day in Championship football, as Cardiff and Swansea will lock horns for the first time since the 2013/14 Premier League season. How will the teams line up, and how will the game unravel?

With Steve Cooper and Neil Warnock at their respective helms, it’ll be a tough tie for both managers – young and old.

Recent Form

Cardiff are yet to win an away game this season, losing three and drawing three. Disappointing for Neil Warnock and co. considering their away form last time in the Championship.

Swansea have had a mixed run of form at home as of late, with their most recent game ending in a 0-3 disappointing defeat to Brentford.

Both sets of form point to a close match-up between the bitter rivals, that really could go either way. It’s going to be a nervy night’s sleep for both sets of fans as huge bragging rights are on the line.

Stephen McPhail clatters Leon Britton in midfield

Head-to-Head

In history, Cardiff are the more dominant of the two Welsh clubs, with 44 wins out of 107 competitive games. Swansea, on the other hand, have won a slightly less total of 35 games in this time. Add 27 draws to this and we get the total of 107 games played between the two historic clubs.

The last time the two sides met was in the Premier League, with Cardiff winning at the Cardiff City Stadium 1-0 in the first half of the season. Former loanee-Swan Steven Caulker scoring a bullet header from Craig Bellamy’s pinpoint corner.

At the Liberty Stadium, however, Cardiff fell to a 3-0 drubbing under then manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær, with goals coming from former Bluebird Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer and Wilfried Bony.

Cardiff will be looking for revenge and subsequently be looking to get their first win on the road this season. Swansea, however, will be looking to prevent falling any lower in the table than they have in past weeks.

Former Bluebird captain powers home in 2013 (BBC Wales Sport)

The Managers

It’s obvious to see that both managers have contrasting experiences in the world of football, almost at opposite end of the spectrum.

Neil Warnock will be looking for yet another promotion from the Championship to the Premier League, despite his side’s shaky start to the season. Whereas Swansea’s Steve Cooper is currently enjoying a bright start to his senior management career, having previously managed Wrexham’s youth side and Liverpool’s academy.

Cardiff can move within two points of Play-Off spots with a win

Will Neil Warnock overcome the Swans and get a first South Wales Derby win on his debut? Or will Steve Cooper’s Swans triumph over their capital city neighbours? Leave your thoughts.

@OwenRhysDeacon

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