Key battles: Cardiff v Swansea

Michu will be watched closely by Steven Caulker. Photo: PA

Cardiff and Swansea meet in an eagerly-anticipated south Wales derby on Sunday. Here, we look at the individual tussles which will be key in deciding the outcome.

GARY MEDEL v LEON BRITTON

As deep-lying midfielders Medel and Britton may not go head to head that often on Sunday, but whoever has the most influence on the game may well end up on the winning side. Britton dictates Swansea's play as the midfield link man, moving the ball quickly and efficiently and exploiting space. Medel's task is to prevent Britton and Swansea finding that rhythm by breaking up attacks and cutting out those passes into advanced positions.

STEVEN CAULKER v MICHU

Wilfried Bony may be Swansea's record signing but Michu remains their greatest threat. The Spaniard has been employed in a deeper role this season, meaning his late runs into the box are fiendishly difficult for defenders to pick up. But former Swansea loanee Caulker is an astute reader of the game and has the pace to get himself out of trouble against Michu's intelligent movement.

Caulker edges it on tackling. Credit: WhoScored.com

CRAIG BELLAMY v NEIL TAYLOR

Bellamy has been used intermittently by Cardiff manager Malky Mackay this season but his experience and nous will make him a valuable asset in the white heat of a derby. Bellamy has featured on the right for much of the campaign bringing him up against left-back Taylor who, after last season's injury problems, is showing signs of getting back to his best.

DAVID MARSHALL v MICHEL VORM

Aside from one slip against Chelsea, when the officials should have come to his rescue, Scotland goalkeeper Marshall has excelled in the Premier League and his shot-stopping abilities have earned Cardiff results in games they would otherwise have been well beaten in. Vorm has frequently showcased his remarkable agility during his spell at Swansea, but his discomfort at set-pieces against West Ham last weekend may well have given Cardiff food for thought.