In the 98 year history of the Cardiff City and Swansea City rivalry, never has there been a derby with as much importance attached to it as Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off.
With both sides in the top three of the Championship and likely to challenge at the top for the rest of the season, both will be eager to strike a blow to their adversary as the battle for promotion to England’s top tier gets into its stride.
The Cardiff City stadium is the venue for what is sure to be an intense clash and local boy Craig Bellamy, playing in his first derby can expect some treatment from the Swansea players.
The scoring burden will fall on Bellamy and Michael Chopra as Jay Bothroyd sits this game out due to suspension, and Cardiff City are the 10/11 favourites to beat Swansea, and the away side is yet to win in eight games between the two in all competitions.
Darren Pratley is also serving a suspension and Swansea will suffer for his loss, but in Scott Sinclair Swansea can boast a striker in form and considering their incredible defensive displays recently, the 3/1 available for Swansea to beat Cardiff looks a little long.
The swans defence has kept clean sheets in their last five league games but come up against the Championship’s top scorers in Cardiff who have 28 goals in their 14 games.
In the four ties between the two clubs in the Championship, a total of 16 goals have been scored and over 3.5 goals is available at 12/5.
In what will be a highly emotional clash, goals and bookings will be a plenty and a penalty to be scores id priced at 2/1 with a penalty to be missed available at 9/1.
Cardiff are the favourites to win the Championship at 6/4. See the full Cardiff vs Swansea betting odds here.