Swansea City (4-2-3-1): Tremmel, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Davies, Britton, De Guzmán, Dyer, Shelvey, Hernández, Bony
Not only are Swansea no playing the football that made them Capital One Cup champions last year, but the club have just sacked manager Michael Laudrup. However, new manager and former player Gary Monk will look to instill some fight in preparation for a potentially explosive South Wales derby.
Cardiff City (4-4-1-1): Marshall, Fabio, Caulker, Turner, John, Noone, Medel, Whittingham, Zaha, Mutch, Campbell
Two wins in the last two for manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has got Cardiff City buzzing again. With the new addition of Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, the ‘BlueBirds’ now have the attacking edge that’ll concern many opponents in their favorable run of fixtures.
— RL (@8RL8) February 6, 2014
— Wilfried (@marc_smith2) February 6, 2014
I’ve never wanted Cardiff to win a game so much in my life …. Sorry Swansea fans it’s not you’s it’s that c**t @ChicoFlores12
— Bret-Whu (@BretDurkan) February 5, 2014
This season is the first time the two Welsh clubs have been in the Premier League. The video shows a time way back in 1980 when they were both battling it out in Division 2.
Swansea are currently on a dip in form and the man that could take advantage of this and make him a derby hero is Wilfried Zaha.
Swansea City vs. Cardiff City: An Alternative Preview
Swansea’s only red card in the Barclays Premier League this season came in the reverse fixture against Cardiff (Michel Vorm).
The last time this fixture was played at Liberty Stadium, Craig Bellamy scored the winner for Cardiff City.
Indeed, the last three South Wales derbies have ended 1-0 (two wins for Cardiff, one for Swansea).
Craig Bellamy’s goal against Norwich last weekend saw him become the first player to score for seven different clubs in the Barclays Premier League.
Cardiff City are the only Premier League team not to win a penalty this season.
Former Swans defender Steven Caulker has made more blocks (36) than any other Premier League player this season.
If Premier League games ended at half-time so far this season, Cardiff would be bottom by seven points, Swansea would be 19th.
Swansea have the lowest saves to shots ratio in the division (63%) this season.
All seven of Wilfried Bony’s Premier League goals have come in Wales.
If Swansea lose this match it will be the first time they’ve ever lost three consecutive league games to their arch-rivals.