Premier League: Swansea City v Cardiff City match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Liberty Stadium

Swansea welcome Welsh rivals Cardiff to the Liberty just days after the sacking of manager Michael Laudrup. Garry Monk has been given the role as head coach for the foreseeable future and he will face a difficult test in his first match in charge. The Swans have gathered only five points in their last nine Premier League games and will be desperate to revenge the 1-0 defeat Cardiff inflicted on them when the teams last met in November.

Cardiff have difficulties of their own as they currently sit 19th in the table, two points from safety. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has experienced a difficult start to his role as Cardiff manager losing his first three games in the Premier League. However, two of those games were against Manchester City and Manchester United and the Bluebirds secured an important win against Norwich last Saturday.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 5.30pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Cardiff 1 (Caulker) Swansea 0, Premier League, November 2013

Swansea 0 Cardiff 1 (Bellamy), Championship, February 2011

Cardiff 0 Swansea 1 (Emnes), Championship, November 2010

 

STATS…

Wilfried Bony is Swansea's top scorer this season with 16 goals. Seven of his goals have come in the Premier League.

Six Premier League clubs have sacked their managers so far this season.

Cardiff sacked Malky Mackay in December and Swansea fired Michael Laudrup in February.

Cardiff have one win, one draw and six defeats in their last eight Premier League games.

ODDS…

Swansea to win: 1.89

Cardiff to win: 3.7

Draw: 4.9

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 5.30pm, highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm

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