Last Updated: 03/11/13 5:56pm
It's all over and Cardiff have won the first ever top-flight south Wales derby thanks to a second-half goal from former Swansea defender Steven Caulker. It may not have been a classic for the neutral but the home fans won't care one bit as the celebrations on this special occasion begin in the pouring rain. The result lifts Cardiff above Swansea in the table to 12th but there's no doubt it's the local bragging rights which mean much more at the moment.
Cardiff win a corner on the right but they only use it to keep the ball down there and run down the clock.
Swansea clear their lines from the corner but they've lost all composure at the moment and fail to mount an attack.
Whittingham goes for goal from the resulting free kick but Angel is able to push the ball over the bar without any kind of goalkeeping technique.
Not only are Swansea down to 10 men, but because they've used their three substitutes, Angel is the outfield player chosen to go in net.
Campebell chases a long ball forward and only has Vorm to beat. The striker heads it past the Swans goalkeeper, who then brings him down just outside the box, giving Mike Dean no option but to show the red card.
The initial corner comes to nothing but Swansea win another when a fierce shot from Pozuelo on the left edge of the box is brilliantly parried behind by Marshall.
De Guzman drills his shot over the wall and although it's straight at Marshall, the slippery ball squirms through his hands and just goes wide of the post.
Medel leaves the field to a very well-deserved enthusiastic applause from the home crowd, and Bo-Kyung Kim comes on in his place.
The first yellow card of the game is eventually shown to Whittingham, who cuts down Chico with a needlessly fierce tackle.
The hard-working Medel slides in to tackle Bony on the edge of the box just when the Swansea striker was preparing a snap shot.
The rain is getting heavier here at the Cardiff City Stadium but that certainly won't dampen the mood of the home fans if the score stays like this.
Back at the other end of the pitch De Guzman's cross into the box is cleared by Neil Naylor as Cardiff desperately try to hang onto this precious lead.
Bellamy advances down the left wing, beating Chico for pace, before cutting a low pass back for Campbell, who sees his crisp first-time shot blocked.
The was Routledge's last action of the match as he leaves the field to be replaced by Alvaro Vazquez.
Routledge is forced into a shot after cutting inside from the left but he slices the ball well wide of the far post.
Cardiff have been so well organsied at the back this afternoon, making it so difficult for Swansea to create any kind of opportunity to get back on level terms.
Moments later Chico looks to turn provider for an attack but his chip down the right wing only finds open space.
Cardiff keep pressing and a dangerous cross from Cowie catches most of Swansea's defence napping except for the alert Chico, who heads clear.
Cowie nearly wins a corner when his cross from the right is deflected by Williams but it goes out for a throw instead.
The crowd applaud as Odemwingie leaves the field following his tireless display to be replaced by Fraizer Campbell.
De Guzman sends his delivery towards the back post but his target - Williams - is in an offside position.
Shelvey's chipped pass into the box finds a completely unmarked Bony but his volley from just a few yards out is saved by Marshall. The offside flag is raised so it wouldn't have counted anyway.
The home fans are in good voice at the moment although the nerves are sure to be cranked up to new levels unless they get a killer second goal.
Neil Taylor tries his luck from outside the box but the home crowd cheer as his wayward shot flies into the crowd.
Cardiff come forward again and although Odemwingie's pass into the box was aimless, a weak back pass then puts Vorm under needless pressure to clear.
Heroic defending from Caulker prevents Bony getting a shot on goal inside the box and the ball bobbles a couple of yards wide for a goal kick.
The visitors must now show a much sharper cutting edge up front if they are to avoid defeat - but Cardiff are full of confidence right now and are keeping their opponents pinned back.
Swansea make a change with Michu, who was struggling after that earlier knock, coming off to be replaced by Wilfried Bony.
That was Caulker's second goal of the season - the first of which coming in the 2-1 victory at Fulham back in September. So perhaps something of a good omen for Cardiff.
Apologies to anyone who backed my 'no goalscorer' tip! It was going well for 61 minutes but let's now concentrate on a game which will now hopefully explode into life.
GOAL CAULKER! Bellamy swings the resulting cross into the box and former Swan Steven Caulker rises highest to plant a firm header into the bottom corner of the net.
Medel's long cross-field ball towards the right wing finds Theophile-Catherine, who wins a corner when his cross is deflected off Williams.
Cardiff are continually forced to pass all the way back to Marshall. Is that good defensive pressing from Swansea or a lack of attacking ideas or intent from the hosts?
Cowie tries a clever dummy to fool Neil Taylor on the right edge of the box but Williams is there to hoover up the danger.
The hosts switch play from the right to the left in search of more space but the pressing Swans force them back once more.
Cardiff are applying pressure at the moment but a long ball forward catches Odemwingie in an offside position.
Bellamy shoulder charges Angel after the Swansea defender had released his pass and no surprise to see a free kick awarded. Mike Dean keeps his card in his pocket again but does have some words with the Welshman. The referee probably expected a really tough game to control but he's had an easy job today.
Play continues without Michu, who is off the field currently getting his ankle strapped up. Can Cardiff take advantage of the temporary one-man advantage?
A high ball towards the back post from Theophile-Catherine is headed back across goal from Bellamy but Cowie isn't tall enough to get on the end of it and Swansea scramble it clear.
Kevin Theophile-Catherine bursts down the right wing but his cut back pass rolls into space, allowing Swansea's defence to get back and prevent the threat.
Cardiff have a free kick on the halfway line. Medel's delivery evades everyone and bounces through to for a goal kick although Odemwingie was closest to getting on the end of it.
Routledge comes forward for Swansea down the right but his floated cross into the box is headed in completely the wrong direction by Shelvey.
Still a few empty seats around as fans enjoy the last remnants of their half-time drinks and burgers but they won't be in a hurry to rush back is the opening 45 minutes is anything to go by.
Cardiff get the second half under way and I'm sure everyone watching is hoping for more thrills and spills except for those who are rooting for a goalless draw of course.
Jamie Salt has emailed in to say: 'Although Swansea were probably the slightly more dominant side in the first half, David Marshall is looking strong. Cardiff will be looking to press for 3 points in the second half, and I still would not bet against Cardiff to get the win. I have never seen Swansea looking so nervous to attack!'
Cardiff are now 5/2 with Sky Bet for victory while Swansea are 13/8, with the draw now priced at 5/4. My pre-match 10/1 tip of 'no goalscorer' is now just 11/4 and I've seen little to suggest my reasoning was off the mark. In fact it couldn't be more right so far! For those expecting a narrow win for either side, you can get 11/2 on a 1-0 victory for Cardiff and 4/1 on the same result in the Swans' favour. In the next goalscorer market, Michu is 13/2 favourite while Peter Odemwingie is next in the running at 10/1. Head now to www.skybet.com to place your pre-match and in-running bets.
Mike Dean blows his whistle to bring an uneventful first half to a close as the sides go into the break level at 0-0.
A stray pass from Odemwingie goes behind for a goal kick, perhaps summing up the lack of thrills in this not so fiery derby.
The way the two teams are playing has sucked a lot of the life out of the sizzling atmosphere which greeted them onto the pitch. Hopefully the second half will bring more excitement and goal-mouth incident.
Swansea's passing may be easy on the eye but they keep finding dead ends as Cardiff defend in numbers with great discipline.
Swansea casually pass the ball across their back line and then into midfield with little pressure from their opponents, who are sat well back.
Odemwingie's charge down the right wing is thwarted by a well-timed challenge from Chico. To be honest a half-time show from Chico of X Factor fame would entertain the fans more than the actual match.
Bellamy's cross from the left takes a slight deflection on its way into Vorm's arms. Again, little for the home fans to get excited about.
The atmosphere has even gone flat now as neither side manage to take this game by the scruff of the neck.
Without wanting to blow my pre-match prediction trumpet too much, I did say the fear of losing might well create a cagey game with few chances and so far I'm spot on.
Ashley Williams takes inspiration from the number of cracking goals this season by trying to catch Marshall off his line with a shot from around 50 yards out but it's easily caught by the Cardiff goalkeeper.
Although Swansea have created the only proper chances so far, I'd say the balance of play has been pretty even in terms of attacking pressure. I think my prediction of 0-0 is looking quite safe at the moment!
The Swansea fans take delight in Bellamy's clumsy control on the left wing as the ball subsequently runs out for a throw.
Michu and Dyer exchange passes on the edge of the box but the latter's is too strong for the Spaniard and the ball runs out of play for a goal kick.
Cardiff attack down the right on the counter but Swansea are back quickly in numbers to snuff out the threat.
Routledge's cross from the left wing finds its way to Dyer inside the box but the Swansea man can't get a shot on goal as Cardiff's defence closes him down.
This has been a good spell of pressure from Cardiff even though they've failed to create a noteworthy chance to break the deadlock.
Whittingham spreads the play from the Cardiff right wing to the left but Swansea hold their shape and forces the hosts back.
Peter Whittingham's in-swinging corner is punched away by Vorm as Cardiff continue to apply the pressure.
Bellamy's attempted curler takes a deflection off Leon Britton in the wall and just goes over the bar.
Odemwingie is caught by Shelvey around 30 yards from goal and Cardiff have a free kick in a promising position. The Swansea midfielder is spoken to by Mike Dean but no card is shown.
Cardiff are beginning to look a little more threatening although their most recent ball into the box - from Cowie on the right - is comfortably cleared.
Dyer chases a long ball down the right side of the area but Marshall was alert to come and claim it first.
Don Cowie latches onto a long ball down the right wing and his first time cross towards Peter Odemwingie has to be headed behind for a corner
A high ball is delivered into the box but Steven Caulker's header is never troubling Vorm as it bounces well wide.
Jonathan de Guzman is penalised for a foul and now Cardiff have a free kick which they'll punt forward.
The home fans ironically cheer when a long period of Swansea passing ends in a rather aimless long ball forward which goes out of play for a goal kick. But at least the visitors are actually seeing the ball in their own possession.
There's a personal battle brewing between Angel and Bellamy - I wonder if the red mist will descend sooner than later?
Swansea I'd say look the most comfortable and composed on the ball but the difference between the sides right now isn't big enough for Cardiff fans to be too worried.
Cardiff are struggling to impose themselves in the early stages of this contest and as a result the home crowd have gone a little quiet.
An over enthusiastic Bellamy concedes a free kick when he brings down Angel. There's an exchange of words between the pair but Mike Dean diffuses the situation.
Swansea are seeing much more of the ball at the moment in attacking positions, and their latest move sees a high cross from Angel Rangel claimed by Marshall while under pressure from Michu.
Shelvey picks up a loose ball in midfield before threading a pass through to Michu, who forces Marshall into a decent save with a firm shot from the edge of the box.
Nathan Dyer latches onto a long ball forward down the right but after a mazy dribble towards the edge of the box, he fires a wayward shot into the fans behind the goal.
Cardiff are passing the ball around nicely and patiently in their own half and midfield at the moment.
Michu spurns the first real opportunity of the game as he blazes high over the bar with a mis-timed shot after controlling a cross just inside the box.
Medel hoists the ball into the box but the flick on loops up harmlessly into the arms of Michel Vorm.
Cardiff have their first chance to get forward after Craig Bellamy wins a free kick in midfield which they'll look to pump forward into the box.
Jonjo Shelvey risks an early booking by chopping down Gary Medel while chasing a long ball down the left wing but the Swansea man only concedes a free kick which David Marshall will take.
Wayne Routledge breaks down the left wing but his low cross is behind Michu and Cardiff clear with ease.
Every Swansea touch is being booed amid a cauldron of noise from the home fans although I doubt they'll be able to keep this up for the entire 90 minutes!
Swansea get this 106th south Wales derby - but first in the Premier League - under way at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Last email before kick-off comes from Jamie Salt, who writes: 'Have got to fancy Cardiff at the moment. Odemwingie to score and David Marshall to be on top form in goal. 2-0 Cardiff I reckon.'
The seats are quickly filling up as the players run through their final warm-ups out on the pitch. You can sense the excitement, tension and nerves in the air ahead of this eagerly-anticipated south Wales derby, which is just 15 minutes away. The noise will be cranked up to ear-drum busting levels this afternoon but which set of supporters will be celebrating at full time? Well, if you've taken any notice to my pre-match prediction (see 1515 GMT update) then the final whistle will be greeted with a rather muted applause.
As you can see from the team sheets below, Craig Bellamy returns to the Cardiff side today, but there's no place for Swansea's record signing Wilfried Bony in Michael Laudrup's starting line-up. Cardiff show two personnel changes and one positional alteration from their draw at Norwich as Bellamy and Don Cowie come into the side, with Peter Odemwingie up front in place of Fraizer Campbell in a side captained by former Swan Steven Caulker. With Michu up top and Bony on the bench, Laudrup brings Jonjo Shelvey into his midfield alongside Leon Britton and Jonathan de Guzman. Pablo Hernandez's absence means Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge start on the flanks.
Cardiff: Marshall, Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, Taylor, Cowie, Medel, Mutch, Whittingham, Bellamy, Odemwingie. Subs: Hudson, Noone, Gunnarsson, Maynard, Lewis, Campbell, Kim.
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Taylor, Shelvey, Britton, Dyer, de Guzman, Routledge, Michu. Subs: Amat, Bony, Tiendalli, Canas, Pozuelo, Tremmel, Vazquez.
Andrew writes: 'Cardiff well overpriced here. Swansea not setting the world alight and only have two points more than Cardiff. City and Everton have failed to win there, and Spurs nicked a 1-0. Swansea have beaten just Sunderland and Palace since 1st September (in league). Cardiff at 11/5? Yes please.'
If you fancy a flutter ahead of today's south Wales derby then head to www.skybet.com where there are a number of price boosts to take advantage of. Cardiff's Craig Bellamy is now 11/1 from 10/1 to score the opening goal while Jonathan de Guzman of Swansea is 14/1 from 12/1 to strike first. A narrow 1-0 win for Cardiff is priced at 10/1 from 17/2 and Sky Bet have also enhanced the 2-1 scoreline in Swansea's favour to the same price. If you're in search of bigger prices then Peter Odemwingie to score first and Cardiff win 2-1 is now 66/1 while Jonjo Shelvey to score first in a 1-0 Swansea victory is 70/1. In terms of the basic match prices, Cardiff are 11/5, Swansea are 13/10 with the draw available at 12/5. For what it's worth my scoreline prediction is 0-0 so therefore I'll advise the no goalscorer bet at 10/1. Head now to www.skybet.com to place your pre-match and in-running bets.
Chris Green from Huddersfield writes: 'I've been looking forward to this fixture for quite some time; it should be a cracker and I think there will be lots of goals today. I reckon the Bluebirds will come out victorious today, but Swansea have many creative players, and Cardiff will need to need to make sure that they don't give the Swans any easy chances. Otherwise, this match will be one-way traffic.'
This 106th derby between the teams is of course the first in the top flight and both sets of passionate supporters are sure to create a cracking atmosphere at the Cardiff City Stadium. Hopefully this will inspire the players to put on a thrilling - albeit hectic - contest but on the flip side, the fear of defeat on such a big day could cause a rather cagey affair.