The Cardiff City Stadium will host the first ever all-Welsh meeting in the Premier League when Swansea face the Bluebirds on Sunday afternoon.
Cardiff (2-3-4) gained promotion to the Premier League last season, joining their high-flying compatriots in the highest tier, and will be desperate for a win in this debut top-flight derby to move above the Swans in the table.
"It's not just another game and I would be lying if I said that," said Cardiff manager Malky Mackay. "It's only three points and it's another Premier League team coming to the stadium, but there is a lot of importance attached to the game as it's the first time we have played each other at the top level in the Barclays Premier League. It's very special for everyone in south Wales, so it has absolutely got a little extra bite to it and that's something that helps people.
"I know the passion of our fans and what the atmosphere in our stadium is like but I don't think it is going to touch the sides of what we will feel Sunday, it will be an incredible atmosphere when the players walk out. I think it is something all our fans have looked forward to since we were promoted and it does hold that extra special edge."
Swansea City (3-2-4) have been a revelation since joining the Premier League, but have been inconsistent so far this season as they juggle the demands of a lengthy Europa League campaign. A win on Sunday would move the Swans up towards the top half of the table, but manager Michael Laudrup is aware that the game is a hard one to call.
"I don't think there is ever a great favourite when you talk about derbies," said the Dane. "One can be on top, in better form and have more points, but for that 90 minutes, it doesn't matter because a derby is a special game.
"The atmosphere will be different, but at the end of the day, it is still a football game which you have to analyse like any other, in order to try to win. When you walk onto the pitch, even if you care so much, you still have to look at it as a football game where we have to think with the head and play with the feet."
Cardiff have injury concerns over Andreas Cornelius (ankle), while Swansea are doubtful over the availability of Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring). Ben Davies remains out for the Swans with an ankle problem.
The Bluebirds have lost three of their last five Premier League matches, including their last two at home, and have managed just a single goal in their last three at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Swansea have kept clean sheets in each of their last two Premier League matches, but star player Michu has just five goals in his last 26 league games - compared to 15 in his first 18.
These clubs last met in the Championship back in the 2010-11 season, with the away team winning 1-0 on each occasion. The last six clashes between the two have seen two draws and two wins apiece.
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