Considering this is the English Premier League it's very impressive on Wales' part that they have two teams involved, and the Welsh fans will be buzzing to have the Swansea/ Cardiff rivalry back.

Swansea have taken the headlines for the last few years while Cardiff have found it really tough to break into the Premier League with a number of near misses.

That could have been a blessing though, under their new, shall we say, 'passionate' owner, the Bluebirds or Red Dragons, depending on what era city fan you are, have a fighting chance at success following an extensive and expensive summer recruitment drive.

The more narrow minded of Swans fans will immediately write off their Welsh counterparts pointing out that this is their third season of Premier League football and Cardiff's first.

They have a point, but, there are more issues to consider this time around.

Michael Laudrup's hugely successful first season in charge culminated with the capture of the League Cup and a Europa League spot with it.

It's the European adventure that could threaten to de-rail the Jacks though, depending on how ambitious the team selection is.

They have a larger squad than last season but many are unheard of in the wider footballing community.

Beyond record signing Wilfried Bony in terms of out and out strikers, there isn't a lot of quality, Leroy Lita is one of the more well-known strikers...

Fighting on four fronts this season could prove very tough.

The optimists will point out Michu's success last season but not every buy is going to have his impact.

In contrast, Malkay Mackay has a wealth of striking talents to chose from including some with Premier League history like Peter Odemwingie, Frazier Campbell and Craig Bellamy.

They are backed up with some consistent Championship performers; Peter Whittingham, Jordan Mutch and Mark Hudson to name but a few, as well as impressive summer signings Gary Medel and Steven Caulker.

But of course, it is their first season, it is hard to see Cardiff being out of the bottom half although they are probably the best prepared to stay up out of the three promoted sides.

I expect Swansea to stay above Cardiff come the end of the 38 games but not by a lot, both could be in the bottom half and I wouldn't want to rule out the gap being within five or so points.

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