The Battle of Cardiff Will Decide Who Is Crowned Adran Cup Winners 2023  

Harry Corish - Sportin Journalist

The Adran Premier League takes a break this weekend, with Cardiff City and Cardiff Met once again competing to lift the Genero Adran Trophy in this Sunday’s final.

Cardiff City have so far been dominant in Welsh football this year, but it is Cardiff Met who will be looking to upset the odds by winning the trophy for the second year in a row, despite losing to the Bluebirds in all three of their previous meetings this season.

This years’ Cup decider is a rematch of last year’s final, in which Cardiff Met emerged victorious thanks to a late goal from Erin Murray, defeating their city rivals 1-0.

Cardiff City’s men’s side head to Deepdale in Championship action on Saturday to face Ryan Lowe’s organised Preston North End side. Sabri Lamouchi’s Bluebirds have now won three of their last four games, including a 2-0 win against Bristol City last weekend.

Lamouchi’s side have started to hit some form of late, scoring five goals in their last four games, whilst conceding only twice, but the Cardiff side will be without starting goalkeeper Ryan Allsop this week after he was sent off during their fiery Severnside derby against Bristol City.

Preston will be looking to build on a positive performance against Watford last week as they hope to extend their five-game unbeaten run, but Cardiff will be upbeat about their chances. Lowe’s side currently sit 12th in the Championship table, but have been lacking goals this season, having picked up just three goals in their last six games, a run that has included four draws.

Swansea City, meanwhile, will be looking to get back on track with a win at home against Middlesbrough this weekend. Russell Martin has come under serious pressure in the last few weeks, his side without a win in four.

Martin was keen to play down the pressure his side currently find themselves under, but having recorded just three wins since the resumption of the league following the World Cup in Qatar, the Swans will be looking over their shoulder as they are pulled towards a relegation battle.

In League Two, 18th placed Newport County face Mark Hughes’ fifth placed Bradford City at Rodney Parade this weekend. The Welsh side will be looking for a turn in form, having lost two of their last three games. A draw against Grimsby last time out is sure to help build some momentum, but the Welsh side will have to improve if they are to get anything from the Bantams this weekend.

Wrexham will be hoping to keep their four-point advantage at the top of the National League, as they host 8th placed Southend United at the Racecourse on Saturday. With 12 points from a possible 15 in the last couple of weeks, the reds are flying, and Phil Parkinson will be hoping his side can continue to replicate that kind of form in the coming weeks.