The Derby Weekend! Cardiff City V Swansea City

Harry Corish - Sportin Journalist

The Welsh football derby between Cardiff City and Swansea City will dominate the thoughts of most fans this weekend – with Bluebirds supporters likely to feel the more stressed.

After all, when the Swans arrive in the capital on Saturday afternoon, they will be seeking their fourth successive victory over their major rivals.

That would be hard to stomach for the blue half of South Wales, particularly as they are still deep in a relegation battle at the bottom end of the Championship, only three points above the relegation zone.

Swansea might have been closer to danger themselves but their recent victory over Bristol City means they will arrive in the capital with a bit more wriggle-room.

Delve a bit deeper into the recent results in this fixture and it’s easy to see why Cardiff fans might be rather anxious.

Not only have Swansea won three derbies in succession, but last season’s victories were the first time in history that either club had managed the “double” against the other.

Not only that, but in those three games, the aggregate scoreline between the two clubs stands at Swansea City 9, Cardiff City 0.

Zoom out a bit further and the pattern of white-themed dominance is even more apparent. In the last eight derby matches, Swansea have won six, drawn one and lost just once.

The aggregate score across those eight games is a whopping 15-1.

No wonder Cardiff City manager Sabri Lamouchi admitted: “We need to be smart, clever, compact and united – all those things if we are going to do well.

“It is really important for us to get the points because of our league situation. Our job has not been done.”

The other fact hard to ignore is that this is arguably the most low key derby between the clubs for years, with neither having any prospect of making the promotion play-offs.

For that reason, the live TV cameras have gone elsewhere and the derby is a normal non-televised 3.00pm Saturday kick-off.

But Swans head coach Russell Martin insists: “It may not have as much riding on it as some games, but I’ve realised just how much this matters to both sets of supporters. It will either ruin or make their weekends.”

Down the road from Cardiff, at Newport County, the concerns are less about relegation from League Two and more around uncertainty off the field.

County visit Colchester United, for the first game since Newport chairman Gavin Foxall stood down due to ill health.

Newport are 11 points clear of the relegation zone, but Colchester are desperate for points with only a five-point buffer.

Perhaps the Welsh club with most to play for this weekend are Wrexham.

They were knocked off the top spot – the only one that guarantees promotion – in the National League by Notts County winning in midweek.

But, crucially, the Dragons have two matches in hand, one of which is at home to Oldham on Saturday.

Win that – while Notts County are without a fixture – and Hollywood-fuelled Wrexham will return to the top of the table spotlight.