Swansea fans living in Cardiff get ready for the big game
IT will be the first ever top-flight South Wales derby.
But when the Swans visit Cardiff on Sunday the match will be a lot closer to home for some members of the Jack Army.
A number of Swans fans living in the Cardiff area are getting ready for the big game — and pre-match nerves and office rivalries are already on show.
Among the fans getting ready for the match is Welsh Government worker Andrew Charles.
The 31-year-old from Port Talbot regularly visits the Liberty Stadium with his father Christopher — but lives in Grangetown area of Cardiff.
He said: “I am actually playing football in the morning with a few Cardiff fans.
“There has been a lot of chat this week but everyone is so nervous about it that no one is willing to go further than to say we are going to win.
“I think I am going to watch it in a pub, you’ve got to be brave to be a Swansea fan.
“I think it will be 3-2 both defences don’t look very safe.
“Growing up in Port Talbot you look to either Cardiff or Swansea and I looked to Swansea.”
Season ticket holder Scott Bassett, from Morriston, now lives in Cardiff Bay and works for Sky customer services in the city.
The 23-year-old said: “There has been a lot of banter in work with the game coming up.
“Currently I am down to work on Sunday but I am hoping to change my shift.
“I live about 15 minutes from their stadium.
“As it is a bubble game I would have to go to Swansea and then come back before coming back to Swansea and then going home.
“If I can’t swap my shift, I will be able to watch it on TV.
“I have no idea what is going to happen on Sunday.
“I might have to call in sick on the Monday if we don’t win.”
One fan who will be actually going to the game is 20-year-old Rob Nangalia.
It will be the third time the Cardiff Metropolitan University student has been to an away game at Cardiff.
“I have been a season ticket holder for the past seven years and I try to get to as many away games as I can,” he said.
“The atmosphere is unbelievable. It can be quite hostile in the ground but with all the policing it is really safe.
“I am going up with my brothers and a few mates, there is about 12 of us going in total.
“I think, hopefully, we will win 2-0, with Michu scoring.”
Donna Gregson, aged, 43, will be glued to her television to soak in the build-up to the game.
The 43-year-old who is originally from Morriston now lives in St Athan.
“I cannot wait,” she said.
“M husband Andy is still in the air force and is currently on a four month deployment in Qatar.
“His local team is Wrexham and even he will be watching it on British Forces Television on Sunday.
“I am not going to move.
“I just hope there is no trouble. It will be such a massive day for Welsh sport.”