Swansea City v Cardiff City: South Wales derby preview
SWANSEA CITY host Cardiff City on Saturday (March 20) in a crucial game for both sides.
The Swans are chasing automatic promotion while the Bluebirds sit six points outside the play-off places.
Both sides will be doing everything they can to pick up the win and neither side will want to come away with a draw which will do little to either side’s respective challenges.
It will be a typical derby between two strong teams and Saturday’s game kicks off at 5:30pm.
With all their rivals playing before them, they will be keen to pick up a win in order to keep in touch with the other teams.
It is a game that neither side will want to lose.
Swansea go into the game having been beaten 3-0 by Bournemouth in their last match but prior to that, they enjoyed three wins in their previous four games.
They saw off Luton, Middlesbrough and Stoke all by a single goal, a testament to Swansea’s strong defensive record this season.
That is one of the reasons why they are up the top of the table but they will want to avoid a repeat of Tuesday’s defeat.
Cardiff have had a difficult period as of late having only won once in their last five games. They come into this one on the back of a 0-0 draw at home to Stoke.
Before that they were seemingly heading for another draw against Watford until Adam Masina’s last minute free kick deceived keeper Dillon Phillips to give the Hornets victory.
They also drew against Huddersfield and Middlesbrough while their only win came in a 4-0 drubbing of Derby County.
Leandro Bacuna scored a double in that game while Kieffer Moore and Will Vaulks got the others.
HEAD TO HEAD
Games between the two sides have often been tight affairs.
In December it was the Swans who came out on top with a 2-0 win at the Cardiff City Stadium thanks to a double from Jamal Lowe. Joe Ralls also saw red in that game for the Bluebirds.
In January 2020, their game at the City Stadium finished goalless while their last meeting at the Liberty ended with a 1-0 victory for the Swans.
While the Swans won at the Cardiff City Stadium earlier in the season, no side has ever done the double in the history of this fixture.
That may put the pressure on Cardiff to find the result but they will be desperate to secure a first win over their rivals since 2013.
Andre Ayew has 14 goals this season for Swansea while Jamal Lowe has nine to his name. January signing Conor Hourihane has scored five goals since he joined the Swans and will also be a threat on Saturday.
Kieffer Moore has 16 goals for the Bluebirds and he will be Cardiff’s main threat while Sean Morrison has five goals to his name proving they will be a threat from set pieces.
The Swans will give Marc Guehi every chance to prove his fitness ahead of Saturday’s game.
Joe Latibeaudiere is also fit while the Swans picked up no further injury concerns from their game with Bournemouth.
Cardiff City and Swansea City will unite in an anti-racism campaign when the two clubs meet at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, March.
The South Wales derby (which will kick-off at 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports) falls on the same day as United Nations Anti-Racism Day. The campaign, backed by Kick It Out, has also seen supporter groups from both clubs come together and sign a joint pledge against racism and discrimination.
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