Sun 3 Nov 2013 16:00 – Cardiff v Swansea (Cardiff City Stadium)

Referee: Mike Dean

Swansea will go into this game as favourites because of their established Premier League status but in reality their form has been patchy this season. Add to this the excitement and passion of the first all-Welsh Premier League derby game, and this match becomes about as unpredictable as they come. No doubt Laudrup’s Swansea will look to win the possession game but in a competitive clash like this every ball will be fought hard for and it could get a little physical.

Both teams average a goal a game on their respective home and away statistics while Cardiff concede an average of 1.3 at home and Swansea limit the opposition to an average of 0.8 away from home. Swansea can be expected to win more corners with an average of 5 a game away from home. Those figures could increase as Cardiff concede an average of 7 per game but only manage to win an average of 3.

Cardiff have very few injury worries with Cornelius being the only doubt subject to a late fitness test. Swansea are hoping to welcome back Jonjo Shelvey from injury and if he returns they will have a full strength squad to choose from. Cardiff have won 1 game in the last 7 and Swansea have won just 2 of their last 6, both of which came against the bottom 2 teams. This should be a fiery encounter with an incredible atmosphere between two rival teams and the outcome could go either way.

Looking at it statistically then the score draw stands out as the most likely result. Prediction: Lots of Swansea possession and a high number of yellow cards in a fiery score draw.

Prediction Cardiff 1-1 Swansea

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