Cardiff City v Swansea City: live

89 mins: De Guzman with an evil freekick that bounces just in front of
Marshall, the skiddy bounce fools the keeper and the ball rebounds off him
for a corner. Lucy. Corner comes to nothing.

87 mins: The impressive Medel comes off, Kim Bo-Kyung on. Caulker
shoves Bony, giving Swansea a freekick in a useful area.

86 mins: Blood and thunder from Cardiff, who are playing with a lot of
heart. Whittingham chops down Chico Flores, who is then given a moutful by
Craig Bellamy. BIt harsh!

84 mins: Medel needs treatment for cramp.

83 mins: Going to be backs to the wall stuff from here on in. de
Guzman’s cross is repelled.

81 mins: Two chances in quick succession for Campbell! Both saved.
Bellamy cuts the ball back, Campbell fires it straight at the keeper. And
then does the same with the rebound.

80 mins: Cardiff have everyone back, even Campbell, as Swansea work the
body. Routledge shoots wide, which turns out to be his last action of the
match. Subbed off for Álvaro.

79 mins: Álex Pozuelo dithers and Whittingham picks his pocket.

78 mins: Cardiff in the Swansea half, and in the ascendency. But here’s
Dyer breaking. Well tracked back, Craig Bellamy. And a good tackle too.

75 mins: Fraizer Campbell replaces Odemwingie, who has done a good job
for his side. And a good long ball from Medel nearly sets the new man free.

73 mins: Nice from Swansea. Intricate passing around the Cardiff box,
finally it’s played through and Bony hits it first time at Marshall, who
makes a good save. Oh, offside, anyway.

72 mins: Álex Pozuelo replaces Leon Britton.

71 mins: To the delight of the home fans, De Guzman air-shots, and then
Taylor shoots well wide.

70 mins: Panicky from Swansea as Rangel doesn’t put enough on a
back-pass, Bellamy very nearly nipping in.

68 mins: Excellent defending from Caulker, who sticks to Bony like glue
and outmuscles him when a cross comes in.

66 mins: Swansea redoubling their efforts, but it’s Cardiff who attack
with Gunnarsson prominent, he’s nearly through but runs into a wall.

64 mins: Michu hooked, he walks straight down the tunnel, head down.
Wilf Bony comes on.

GoalGOAL! Perfect delivery from the Bellamy, right on the button, Steven
Caulker rises above Chico Flores and nods it home. Excellent header, right
by the post – dunno what Shelvey, the man on the line, has to say for
himself. He didn’t move. Cardiff City 1 Swansea City 0 (Caulker 61)
and it’s a goal for a former Swansea player against his old club.

60 mins: Corner. Bellamy has had enough of watching Whittingham waste
them, and comes over to have a go himself…

57 mins: Michu has had a nice pedicure and a hot stone treatment and is
back in the action.

E-mailMarc Melander: “The mention of Postman Pat brought to mind the
story about the merchandise for Japanese export having an extra digit on
each hand so as to lose any potential Yakuza reference to Nipponese

54 mins: Michu on the sidelines with his boot off, having some sort of
treatment. He’s got this hilariously blissed-out look on his face, like he’s
getting a really good foot massage or something. Bellamy with a shove, and a
lecture from the ref.

52 mins: Close! Deep cross, Bellamy heads it back across and Ashley
Williams just nudges Cowie out of the way before he can head it home. Aron
Gunnarsson comes on, Mutch makes way.

“Welsh,” writes James Hawley, cryptically. “No such
thing.” What can it all mean?

50 mins: Chico fouls Odemwingie, and from the freekick, Caulker flicks
the ball on and Odemwingie very nearly gets a toe-end on it. Oh, now
Whittingham has a shot wide. Come on the Cardiffs. Get a goal.

49 mins: Good ball in from Rangel, but just a couple of inches too high
for Shelvey to direct the header.

48 mins: Odemwingie manfully battling with Chico and Williams, lonely
work for him.

46 mins: No changes at half time. Cardiff begin the half on the front
foot and soon win a corner. Useless delivery from Whittingham, doesn’t beat
the first man.

17.02 I’m no expert, obviously, but I reckon they should bring this guy

17.01 Just finished the burrito. Never again.

HALF TIME Cardiff City 0 Swansea City 0 Well, no goals. Not many shots.
Not a lot of quality. There hasn’t even been a punch-up. This is not much of
a day’s football so far, is it? Sky’s advert for an app or trivia game
something. “Do you know your AVB from your RVP?” Come on. Like,
everyone knows who they are, right? Even people that don’t watch football
should be able to get that one.

E-mailKen Arlett: “My favourite Welsh player is Robbie James.” (He
played 393 times for Swansea, an attacking-minded midfielder, scored a lot
of goals for them. Spell at QPR. He collapsed and died during a match for
Llanelli against Porthcawl, poor bloke, he was only 40).

E-mailRichard says: “My favourite Welsh person is Martin Sells, a great
rock guitarist from the middle 60’s till late 80’s.” Hmm, a
brief google gives me not a lot. Care to elaborate on axeman Sells?

Martin Duffell: “Not being welsh but surely shouldn’t it be the
Men of Harlech? (you’re right ta – AT) Favourite Welsh person
– Postman Pat.” Simon Dalton says: “Mine is Fireman Sam.”

45 mins: Nothing much is happening and the ref decides he’s had enough
for the time being.

43 mins: Pitiful shot from Odemwingie dribbles apologetically wide.
They are discussing the Ian Moody situation on the telly. Alan Smith
descibes him as “highly competent”. That’s my mate! Moodo, not
Alan Smith. I knew him way back when. He’s a good lad. That whole situation
at Cardiff sounds bonkers, does it not?

41 mins: Cowie, poor devil, has to get in the way of another Michu
howitzer. He really does give the ball a kick, that Michu. Lovely big boy
that he is.

40 mins: , I’ve just learned off the tellybox that Cardiff have yet to
score in the first half this season at home. Figures.

39 mins: Routledge, bless his little cotton socks, trying to wriggle
his way through, but too many bigger boys are in the way. There have thus
far been 4 shots from Swans and 2 from Cardiff. Swansea on target twice and
Cardiff not at all.

37 mins: Now it’s Cardiff’s turn. Decent run from Taylor and he frees
Bellamy, whose cross is sadly right at the keeper.

35 mins: Oh dear, I do hope we’re not going to have another nil-nil.
This game doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Swansea playing the ball around
in their own third like the Happy Shopper Barcelona.

32 mins: Michu, Rangel and Dyer link up nicely and open Cardiff up,
although a pass is just overhit and the moment passes. Warning signs.

30 mins: Routledge goes round the full back but there’s a Swan or two
offside in the box.

29 mins: Cardiff playing the ball around quite well, Swansea pressing
them. Jonathan De Guzmán goes in with the studs up on Peter Whittingham.

28 mins: Erm.

26 mins: Michu putting in a shift, he hunts down Caulker, whose touch
is heavy.

24 mins: Shelvey warned for a foot up on Mutch, good refereeing not to
book the player. It gives Cardiff a freekick 30 yards out. Bellamy… into
the wall, off the head of Britton and it goes wide. Swansea clear
Whittingham’s corner easily.

23 mins: Good spell for Cardiff, Whittingham putting in some useful
balls, and they’re able to play in the Swansea half for a bit.

20 mins: Cowie bombing down the right, swings the cross over, Rangel
heads behind to safety. Vorm fouled at the corner by Odemwingie.

19 mins: Whittingham’s freekick, Caulker heads it back across. Swansea
clear, just about. Set piece looking like Cardiff’s most likely source of a

I dunno, I think they have a purpose: easily identifying the wearer as a
complete idiot.

17 mins: Cardiff full back Taylor is caught out of position by a very
good diagonal ball that is just half a yard too strong for Rangel.

16 mins: Cardiff snapping and harrying the clearly superior Swansea
side. Bellamy ratchets up the running battle with Rangel by doing a “yap
yap” gesture with his hand.

14 mins: Rangel and Bellamy in a minor set-to, it’s the Spaniard who
ends up getting a lecture from the ref. Dude. It’s Bellamy. He’s going to
have been, at the very least, 50% culpable. It’s the nature of the

12 mins: Wayne Routledge giving these Cardiff backs a hard time,
they’re unable to clear, and it’s lucky for them that Swansea are not really
getting anyone else in the box bar Michu, who is nonetheless looking v

10 mins: Blimey! That poor football. Medel give it away cheaply and
Michu pounces, he absolutely murders the ball, right at the keeper though.
Cardiff look dodge.

9 mins: Odemwingie is such a ridiculous fellow. That haircut. Honestly.
Still, he’s having a decent game so far, some handy hold-up play and plenty
of hard work.

7 mins: An un-Swansea-ish long ball finds Dyer on the right in space,
he runs and then smacks a shot well over.

5 mins: Michu! A ball is slung across by Shelvey and Michu’s surprised,
I think, that three Cardiff defenders fail to get a head on it. Good first
touch but then he volleys it over and wide.

3 mins: Shelvey chops down Medel, who makes a meal of it. A much better
meal than I am currently having, a poor burrito from Victoria station that
seems to be mainly made up of hard, dry rice. Mmm. On the upside, a super
cute girl smiled at me on the way to buy it. Cameron Macphail, sitting to my
right, says: “did you pet her guide dog?” NOT COOL CAMERON.

2 mins: Decent ball finds Routledge in some space on the left, but his
cross is just a bit behind Michu.

1 mins: Swansea doing the sensible thing, stroking the ball around at
the back, hoping to draw the sting from this noisy Cardiff crowd.

16.00 The perma-surprised-looking Malky Mackay.

Are you mad? This is the English Premier League. Well, Wales.

15.55 A big event for Wales. They’ve sung Men of Harlech. The players
are shaking hands. Looks like Cardiff will play just one up front, that one
being Peter Odemwingie.

E-mailAndrew Holgate: “Given we are so close to bonfire night and this
is an all-Welsh game in the English Premier League, I’d like to see some
great punning on the welsh theme and bonfires. I’ll give you a start, Taffy
Apple. Not sure how you will get that in, but good luck!” Erm, thanks?

15.50 Looks an excellent atmosphere at Cardiff. I fancy Swansea. You?

15.45 What up, football fans? I’ve hot-footed it from the dreadful
Everton v Spurs match, hopefully this will be a lot better. Come on, Welsh
types. Give us a show. Or at least a massive punch-up. First things first:
the team news.

Cardiff: Marshall, Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, Taylor, Cowie,
Medel, Mutch, Whittingham, Bellamy, Odemwingie. Subs: Hudson, Noone,
Gunnarsson, Maynard, Lewis, Campbell, Kim.

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Taylor, Shelvey, Britton, Dyer,
de Guzman, Routledge, Michu. Subs: Amat, Bony, Tiendalli, Canas, Pozuelo,
Tremmel, Vazquez.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

Alan will be here from about 3.40pm for the build-up to Cardiff
v Swansea

In the meantime, here are the match preview details:

Cardiff (Possible, 4-3-3): Marshall; Théophile-Catherine, Caulker,
Turner, Taylor; Kim, Medel, Mutch; Bellamy, Campbell, Whittingham.

Out: Cornelius (ankle).

Swansea (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Vorm; Rangel, Williams, Chico, Taylor;
Dyer, De Guzman, Shelvey, Routledge; Michu, Bony.

Out: Davies (ankle), Tate (hamstring).

Referee: Mike Dean (Matches: 5, R1, Y24).

Betting: Home 23-10, Away 9-5, Draw 23-10.

Team News

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has an almost fully fit squad to choose from for
Sunday’s south Wales derby against Swansea.

Craig Bellamy is set to return to the starting line-up and take the captaincy
for the Bluebirds’ meeting with their fierce rivals, while Gary Medel will
start his first south Wales derby in midfield.

Andreas Cornelius is expected to remain out with an ankle injury but Craig
Noone should be available after an ankle problem.

Meanwhile, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has Ashley Williams fit to lead his
side in Sunday’s derby meeting with Cardiff, but will be without winger
Pablo Hernandez.

Williams returned from an ankle ligament problem in the draw with West Ham and
suffered no reaction from his 90-minute outing but Hernandez has picked up
another thigh problem after making his own comeback against the Hammers.

Ben Davies will again miss out with his ankle injury, but Jonjo Shelvey has
shaken off a hamstring problem.

Match Notes

What can you say about this that has not already been said before?

A derby to match any in British football and two sides who are hell bent on
putting one over on the old enemy.

Cardiff, with home advantage, will hope to catch Swansea cold as others have
this season, while the visitors will fancy their chance of beating their
oldest rivals with a style of football that brought them so much success
last season.

Not one for the faint-hearted.

Stat of the game

This is the first time a game in the top flight of English football has
involved two non-English teams.

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