Match Preview: Swansea City vs. Cardiff City

Match Preview | Swansea City vs. Cardiff City

Match Previews
Cardiff City travel to Swansea City in the second South Wales derby of the season on Saturday, March 16th, 12.30pm KO.

Tickets for this fixture have been sold out. Thank you for your amazing support, Bluebirds!

Luke Williams

Swansea City’s manager is Luke Williams, who was appointed in January 2024, succeeding previous boss Michael Duff.

Having started out as a development coach at Brighton and Hove Albion, Williams was later an assistant manager to Mark Cooper at Swindon Town; the duo guided the club to the Play-Off Final in 2015, losing out to Preston North End.

Williams then became manager of the Robins in January 2016, holding the role until the end of the 2016/17 season, as the club were relegated to League Two.

Following his departure, he became head coach of Bristol City’s U23s and later was an assistant to Russell Martin at both MK Dons in 2019 and Swansea City in 2021.

In June 2022, Williams returned to management with Notts County and had a successful spell at the club, guiding them to promotion back to the Football League through the Play-Offs.

Since taking over at the Stadium, the side have won four from 13 matches, with a win percentage of 30.77%.

Przemysław Płacheta

The Swans head into this weekend’s fixture currently sitting 15th in the Sky Bet Championship table.

In their last six fixtures, Williams’ men have recorded seven points, leaving them 18th in the form table.

Last time out, the side travelled to Bristol City’s Ashton Gate and suffered a 1-0 defeat, with Rob Dickie netting the winner.

Their home matches have resulted in 20 points so far this season, a record that ranks 22nd in the division.


Winger Ronald joined the Swans from Gremio Anapolis in January.

The Brazilian has nine Sky Bet Championship appearances under his belt, with his standout performance coming against Sunderland.

At the Stadium of Light, Ronald netted twice in the first half, which largely contributed to their 2-1 victory.

Last time out, he played 82 minutes of their defeat to Bristol City, before being replaced by Jerry Yates.

Ollie Tanner celebrates giving Cardiff City the lead

The reverse fixture between the two sides back in September was a memorable night for the Bluebirds.

With an outstanding atmosphere at Cardiff City Stadium, the key moment came in the 71st minute.

Left-back Jamilu Collins’ ball was trapped brilliantly by Ollie Tanner, who cut inside and struck a fierce strike into the bottom corner, before celebrating in front of the Canton Stand.

Tanner was again involved in doubling the lead, as he drove into the box and was felled by Kristian Pedersen, allowing Aaron Ramsey to step up and seal a brilliant victory from the penalty spot.