Cardiff City v Swansea City Preview

November 1, 2013 | By

skybet_promo_new English Premiership action Sunday Afternoon comes from the Cardiff City Stadium and features Cardiff City versus Swansea City.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 16:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Cardiff City v Swansea City Preview, Premiership, Sunday 3rd November 2013

Cardiff City have had a tough time of it since their return back in the Premiership having only managed to secure 2 victories from their opening 9 matches played, but they have beaten Manchester City 3-2 at the Cardiff City Stadium this season and another performance like that would certainly put them in with a real chance of picking up win number 3 on sunday afternoon.

Swansea City have done slightly better than their hosts in their start to the new season having managed to win 3 of their opening 9 matches and the manager and players will have seen this fixture as one they need to win if they are to stand any chance of qualification to Europe again next season.

Cardiff City v Swansea City Team News

Cardiff City Team News:

The hosts have pretty much a full squad to choose from for this game with Striker Andreas Cornelius their only casaulty as he recovers from an ankle injury. 4-2-3-1 will be the likely formation that manager Malky Mackay will use which will see Odemwingie or Frazier Campbell leading the attack up front with support in midfield coming from Whittingham, Mutch and Cowie.

Midfielder Jordon Mutch and Striker Frazier Campbell are the current top goalscorers for the club this season with 2 each.

Swansea City Team News:

Ben Davies and Alan Tate are the only players unavailable for the hosts as both players continue to recover from respective injuries. 4-3-3 will be the likely formation manager Michael Laudrup opts for here with Wilfried Bony leading the attack up front with support in midfield coming from Dyer, Routledge and Michu.

Striker Wilfried Bony and Midfielder Michu are clubs current top goalscorers so far this season with 2 each.

Cardiff City v Swansea City Head to Head Statistics

Sunday afternoon’s Time’s game from the Cardiff City Stadium will become the 18th meeting between the two clubs over the years. Cardiff City have won 4 times, Swansea City have won 8 times and there has been 5 draws.

Recent meetings below in our head to head statistics table show that there has been nothing between the two sides over the last 5 games played with each club having won 2 games each and the remaining game having finished all square.

06/02/11 CHA Swansea City – Cardiff City 0 : 1
07/11/10 CHA Cardiff City – Swansea City
0 : 1
03/04/10 CHA Cardiff City – Swansea City 2 : 1
07/11/09 CHA Swansea City – Cardiff City 3 : 2
05/04/09 CHA Cardiff City – Swansea City
2 : 2

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

39 goals have been scored in the previous 17 games played between the two clubs which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 2.29 which suggests that this game sunday afternoon only looks likely to see maybe one or two goals scored.

Cardiff City v Swansea City Recent Form (Left to Right)

Cardiff City: L W L L D

Swansea City: W L W D D

Swansea City have a slight advantage heading into this game having won 2 of their last 5 matches played. Cardiff City have managed just 1 victory in their last 5 of which they lost 3.

Cardiff City v Swansea City Match Betting Odds Market.

Cardiff City will know that if they are to avoid going straight back down to the Championship next season then they must win their home matches, so the pressure is definitely going to be on the players come sunday afternoon however the online bookmakers don’t see them winning this game and have them priced up at a best price of 12/5 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers).

The Draw has not been a common result when these two sides have met each other in the past, but for me this game has a very high probability of ending all square on sunday afternoon and at a current best price of 12/5 with Betfred (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) I for one will certainly be taking those odds as my cover bet.

Swansea City are the clear favourites to win this match with the online bookmakers which does make sense considering they have had a slightly better start to their season than their hosts and also have by far a stronger squad available to them and a current best price of 13/10 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) will no doubt attract plenty of interest from the punters.

Cardiff City v Swansea City Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

I really like the Draw here as with Cardiff City knowing that they have to secure as many points as possible in their home matches and Swansea City not having the best of results lately when being away from home I can easily see this game finishing 0-0 or 1-1 come sunday afternoon, especially with the goal stats suggesting only 1 or 2 goals to be scored.

Swansea City do have the more influential players in their squad and the Cardiff City defence is going to have their hands full keeping the likes of Wilfried Bony, Michu and Routledge in check and if I was forced to pick a side to win this game then it would have to be the visitors.

However, although their current price is probably value the fact that they have struggled in their previous two away games has me slightly concerned as with Cardiff City fighting for every point they can muster I don’t see them providing Swansea City with an easy game here and I expect the result to be very close come the full time whistle.

The Verdict

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