Swansea Host Huddersfield Town On Saturday

Harry Corish - Sportin Journalist

Rivals Swansea City and Cardiff City don’t normally go out of their way to do favours for the other, but the Swans will be aiming to give a big lift to the Bluebirds this weekend.

That’s because Swansea host Huddersfield Town on Saturday, with the visitors battling against Cardiff to try and avoid relegation.

A victory for the Swans – over a Huddersfield team now managed by former Cardiff manager Neil Warnock – would be very welcome in the capital. Just a single point separates Cardiff in 21st place from Huddersfield above them in 19th.

Swansea head coach Russell Martin has his own reasons to want to do well in order to maintain his team’s momentum after three wins and a draw in their last four games.

Martin says: “Neil Warnock has done an incredible job at Huddersfield, so we know this will be a very tough game. They’re fighting for everything they’ve got.

“But we know we can impact a lot for many different clubs in the next few games.”

Theoretically, Swansea can still make the promotion play-offs but that would require them to win all five of their remaining matches and hope for a number of spectacular collapses among the clubs above them.

For Cardiff, a helping hand from the Swans against Warnock’s men would be huge. The Bluebirds have six games to save themselves from relegation and Huddersfield have hit form recently with 10 points taken from their last four games.

Cardiff have a very difficult looking fixture themselves on Saturday – an away trip to second-place Sheffield United, who are still chasing points to keep themselves clear of Luton Town.

Bluebirds manager Sabri Lamouchi believes at least five teams are still vulnerable to being relegated, including his own.

“It’s a difficult time for many people in different ways. But everything is in our hands. It depends on us,” says Frenchman Lamouchi.

While Cardiff struggle, Wrexham are still riding the wave of euphoria at the top of the National League after their thrilling 3-2 victory last week over Notts County.

The scenario now for the club sprinkled with Hollywood stardust is that they need just seven more points to clinch automatic promotion back to the Football League, starting with Saturday’s trip to Barnet.

The records keep coming for Wrexham. They have already surpassed the record of most National League victories in a season, their win over County last week was their 32nd.

Another win at Barnet will take them to 106 points, one more than Crawley’s current best mark of 105.

In League Two, Newport County host Hartlepool United with County manager Graham Coughlan still angry about his team’s 4-0 defeat at Stockport.

“I’ve had conversations with all players,” said Coughaln. “They know where they stand so far as contract situations and their futures.

“They can play themselves in or they can play themselves out over the last six games. Plain, simple and easy.