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Varied challenges for Swansea and Cardiff on busy Saturday of action

There's a full fixture list of Saturday 3pm kick-offs for our leading sides this weekend. Swansea City and Cardiff City are looking to return to winning ways in their respective leagues, while Newport County and Wrexham hope to continue their success at the summit of the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Swansea's visit to Stoke City offers an intriguing contrast in footballing philosophies. Michael Laudrup's side like to keep the ball on the ground, while the hosts - managed of course by Welshman Tony Pulis - often take a more direct route to goal, with long balls and crosses into the box. Swans 'keeper Michel Vorm is preparing for a real test at the Britannia Stadium.

Swansea snuck past League One side Crawley Town in the Capital One Cup midweek, to set up a first reunion with former manager Brendan Rodgers and his Liverpool side in a month's time. They have lost their last two Premier League games, though, with the breaks put on to such a bright start to the season.

There are plenty of similarities on display at the Cardiff City Stadium this afternoon. The Bluebirds host Blackpool - both sides like to attack; both are on 13 points, towards the top of the Championship table. Cardiff manager Malky Mackay is wary of the talent and experience his side will come up against.

Any game against Blackpool is bound to bring back painful memories, of course, of that play-off defeat at Wembley in 2010. For those superstitious fans, though, it's worth noting that Cardiff have never played the Seasiders wearing red. Since their controversial change of colours in the summer, they've never lost a match wearing red. Perhaps that will leave Blackpool feeling blue this afternoon.

Newport County welcome Grimsby Town to Rodney Parade this afternoon, on the back of a 4-2 win away at Telford United which consolidated their position at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Wrexham also won on Tuesday night, a 3-0 defeat of Barrow meaning they sit third in the table ahead of a trip to Nuneaton Town.

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