2019-20 Sky Bet Championship: Week 27 – Sunday

Cardiff City welcome Welsh rivals – Swansea City to the Cardiff City Stadium as the pair meet in the second Welsh derby of this Sky Bet Championship season.

Victory will send Cardiff up to 11th whilst Swansea can return to sixth with a win.

 

Team news

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Joe Ralls is a doubt for Cardiff City despite returning to first-team training this week, after finding himself sidelined over the festive season with a hand injury. 

Aden Flint, Marlon Pack, Lee Tomlin and Robert Glatzel could however return after they were rested last weekend against Carlisle in the FA Cup. 

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (hamstring), Isaac Vassell (thigh) and Matthew Connolly (ankle) are ruled out. 

Swansea could hand loan signing, Rhian Brewster a debut start, whilst fellow loanee, Marc Guehi is likely to be named on the bench. 

Mike van der Hoorn (knee) is ruled out whilst several regulars including; Freddie Woodman, Matt Grimes and Bersant Celina are set to be recalled to the starting lineup after sitting out their 5-1 FA Cup defeat at QPR last Sunday. 

 

Form

Cardiff are unbeaten in four of their last five league games (W1, D3, L1), whilst suffering just one defeat in their last 11 at home (W6, D4, L1). 

Swansea have also lost one of their last five league matches (W3, D1, L1), but have won just two of their last six league trips (W2, D2, L2). 

 

Stat Attack

  • Cardiff have lost three of their last five league matches against Swansea (W2, L3). 
  • Swansea have won just one of their last five trips to Cardiff (W1, D2, L2). 
  • Five of Cardiff’s last seven league goals have come in the second-half. 

 

Prediction

I personally think that this will be a tough game because not only is this a local derby, both teams are also in similar form which makes this even more difficult to call. 

Swansea however have been inconsistent away from home this season so if Cardiff can quickly set the tempo, they have to surely fancy their chances of getting a win here if they are to boost their Play-Off hopes. 

Recent meetings at Cardiff however have been tight so I am going for a narrow Bluebirds win. 

Prediction: Cardiff City 1-0 Swansea City

Result: Cardiff City 0-0 Swansea City

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