Cardiff vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

All eyes will be on the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday afternoon as it plays host to the Premier League’s first ever Welsh derby.

It is an occasion which will truly highlight the progress of Cardiff City and Swansea City over the previous 10 years, as both have risen from the depths of lower league football to the top-flight, and in Swansea’s case, a trophy and competing in Europe.

Cardiff are in need of points, having slipped from mid-table to just above the drop zone in recent weeks. Their last victory came at Fulham on September 28, although they gained a useful point against fellow strugglers Norwich City in their previous game. But with only one home win so far, Malky Mackay knows that home form is vitally important for a newly-promoted side.

Michael Laudrup has overseen an inconsistent start to his second season in charge of Swansea, with his side often struggling for creativity, which was the case against West Ham United last time out. However, they have done enough to sit comfortably in mid-table, but defeat here could see them fall into the bottom half.

Striker Andreas Cornelius is still missing for Cardiff, who are unlikely to make many changes from the stalemate at Carrow Road.

Michael Laudrup might choose to rotate his squad, with Wilfried Bony, Pablo Hernandez and Jose Canas all pushing for recalls.

See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on Cardiff v Swansea

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