In the most eagerly anticipated game of the season, the resumption of the South Wales derby commences on Tuesday evening as Swansea City and Cardiff City prepare to face each other with a potentially lucrative tie against a premier league side as a reward in the fourth round of the Carling Cup.
In a showcase of Welsh football that will be broadcast all over the world, both sides will be hoping to secure local bragging rights and provide a potential psychological edge when the two sides meet in league action on the 30th November.
Roberto Martinez is fully expected to name a strong side as he and his players look forward in getting their first taste of a derby clash with the Bluebirds.
His counterpart Dave Jones has hinted he may rest players with the league as a priority the former Southampton boss has also rallied his troops but has warned his players not to lose focus and discipline.
Police and club officials have called for calm and order ahead of the clash as fears have been raised over safety and public disorder. Bob Evans South Wales Police’s chief constable has promised robust action should both sets of supporters clash.” Misbehave and you’ll be dealt with robustly.Our policing plan will reflect a number of threats that are possible. One of these threats might be a mindless idiot attacking a (supporters) bus.My advice to anyone is: you will get arrested, you will get charged, and you might not watch a football match again.” With security expected to be high both clubs will be hopping the fireworks are kept on the pitch.
Swansea secured their place in the third round thanks to a 2-0 win over Brentford in the first round and a captivating 2-1 win in extra time over Premiership new boys Hull City.
Swansea manager Roberto Martinez :
Whoever is going to play it will be a team that I believe is good enough to beat anyone on the day, it’ll be a fantastic football occasion. It’s something that everyone connected to Swansea City had to wait a long time. Now we have to be very proud to have that derby in an important third round of the Carling Cup at our new Liberty Stadium. It (the match against Burnley) was our third game in seven days and now we’re going to have a period of five games in 14 days and that makes huge demands.That’s why we’ve got a big squad, a talented squad, so in situations like this the competition is important and I want to use every single member in the squad.’
Swansea Defender Garry Monk:
“Everywhere I go I`m asked about the game.If I go to the supermarket or out for lunch somebody will come up to me.We realise how important it is and how we need to go out there to give our all for the shirt, the badge and for Swansea as a city.Having lived here a while, I know how big an occasion this can be and how we must be ready for it.I think there was a poll that said this was the fifth biggest around.But I`m sure the fans will tell you it`s No 1 – and we will see that for ourselves this week.”
Cardiff’s Darren Purse :
“But, for now, leading the lads out on Tuesday will go a small way to make up for last year because it really will be a fantastic occasion.All the fans have been coming up and saying we can`t get beat – but it will be the same for them.There will be pressure on both teams because it`s been a few years since we last met, so it`s all about who handles that pressure the best.Nobody wants to lose and nobody wants to make mistakes.But in a local derby whoever makes the least and whoever wants it more will get the win and, hopefully, that will be us.”
Cardiff Manager Dave Jones :
“If I think things need changing or players need a rest because they look tired I will. But I will pick a team that will get a result.Because there is a bigger picture than just these three games. It doesn`t matter who we are playing.We want to keep things going here and getting into the next round of the cup and whoever we face will be trying to stop that.But that doesn`t mean we won`t be up for it and we know the players will want the bragging rights.There will be a special atmosphere that you get in derby games – but you can`t get carried away because you will forget what you`re going there for.If you get mixed up in the hoo-ha you can lose focus and it can become a tense and angry affair.But I won`t have to tell the players that – they`ve all had big games in the past..”
Swansea City Team News:
Swansea City could be without left back Marcos Painter and Shaun McDonald.
Player to watch: Ferrie Bodde
Swansea’s Dutch Ace:
With a midfield battle expected Dutchman Ferrie Bodde could provide the much needed control in the middle of the park. After a slow start to the season the former U-23 Holland international became the clubs top goal scorer with 3 goals to his name this season.
Cardiff City Team News:
Dave Jones as his counterpart has no fresh injury concerns for the game. However Gabor Gyepes is cup tied and will not be available for selection.
Player to watch: Ross McCormack
The Bluebirds Hot Shot:
Signed by the Ninian Park outfit in the summer from SPL side Motherwell, the Scot got of to a flying start to his Cardiff City career and has become the clubs top goal scorer. Swansea City will have to contain his threat .
Match Facts & Stats
The Form Book Based on the previous five matches:
The last time the bluebirds and the swans faced each other in competitive action was way back in April 1999.
Assistant Officials:J Flynn and M J Cairns
Fourth Official P Walton
Quick to ensure order is maintained on the pitch the football league have appointed a premier league referee for the game with Staffordshire official Alan Wiley chosen to take charge of the South Wales derby. In 1999 the 48 year old was promoted to the premiership referee list after being promoted to the national list just 4 years previously. So far this term Wiley has officiated three games showing 8 yellow cards but has yet to dismiss a player from the field of play.
Vital Swansea predicts a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the Bluebirds.