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The 31-year-old midfielder is anticipating a "fantastic game" at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday, though stressed the importance of taming the emotion of the occasion

Swansea midfielder Leon Britton is eagerly awaiting the first-ever top-flight derby clash against rivals Cardiff, and believes keeping 11 players on the pitch holds the key to victory.

Sunday's match marks the first time the two south Wales sides have met in the Premier League, with Michael Laudrup's men two points and seven places above the recently promoted Bluebirds.

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Britton is expecting a tough encounter when the Swans travel to the Cardiff City Stadium, and, having been sent off in a 2-2 draw in 2008, has warned his team-mates against losing their cool.

“We’re looking forward to the derby. We know what it means,” Britton told reporters.

“It’s great for Welsh football that this is the first derby in the top-flight. It will be a great occasion on the telly and should be a fantastic game.

“There have been a few sending offs, but in the five or six derby games I’ve played in they have been pretty good and not too much trouble or 22 man brawls.

“There’s been the odd sending off, but they have usually been for two yellow cards rather than straight reds. The main thing is you want 11 players on the pitch to give you the best chance to win.”

Britton says the players are just as affected by defeat in the derby as the fans, and is keen to avoid a repeat of their most recent encounter, where Craig Bellamy sealed a 1-0 win for Cardiff in 2011.

“We’ve had great games, great wins and fantastic memories. We’ve had some horrible ones as well,” Britton added. “They are great days but only when you win. Equally it’s a bad day when you lose.”

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