Both of the Premier League’s Welsh representatives will have different managers in charge from the last time they clashed at Cardiff back in November, but it’s a very familiar face on the pitch who is primed to haunt troubled Swansea again.
Craig Bellamy has always divided opinions, but he is a goal scorer through and through, that much cannot be contested.
In bagging Cardiff’s equaliser against Norwich, which gave his team the platform for a vital three points, Bellamy became the first player to score for seven different clubs in the Premier League (which says just as much about the other side of him).
The Cardiff native has struggled with injuries this season – though at 10/3 to score anytime and 8/1 to score as part of an away win – he looks great value to put the boot into his hometown club’s fiercest rivals, who’ll be reeling from the dubious mid-week sacking of manager Michael Laudrup.
‘Bellers’ secured the bragging rights the last time the Bluebirds visited the Liberty Stadium, three seasons ago in the Championship in a 1-0 win, and now Cardiff are a very decent-looking scoop at 16/5 to pinch the points again as they did at home this season.
In the midst of their current crisis – and hovering 16th in the Premier League form table after recording five losses in their last seven – the Swans look far too short at 17/20 for victory.
While freshly appointed Swans caretaker boss, Garry Monk, will have had a few tumultuous days at the training ground trying to prepare his charges, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have had a full week to focus on this hugely significant derby.
Such is the concertinaed nature of the table that a win for 19th-place Cardiff would take them level on points with their 12th-place rivals, which is a sugar-coated incentive indeed.
Likely to be tenser than an episode of Breaking Bad, the pattern of three consecutive 1-0 scorelines in this fixture makes a punt on under 1.5 total goals a brilliant covering bet at 9/4.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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