Southampton Under-23s travel to Cardiff today (1pm GMT) in search of their first points in this year's Premier League Cup competition, after being foiled by Watford last time out.
Radhi Jaïdi's side were narrowly beaten in round one of fixtures, while Group B counterparts Cardiff and Blackburn played out a lively 3-3 draw.
The results leave Saints' youngsters afoot of the four-team standings, but with plenty still to play for in these early stages of the competition.
Talking about the three day gap between recent fixtures, following the 1-0 loss to Brighton in Premier League 2 on Monday, Jaïdi said: "It is beneficial, we'll have a quick feedback session and then expecting a reaction from the boys. I thought the attitude and mentality [against Brighton] was good, they should be happy with the performance.
"It's also a great opportunity for us to go and compete, and impose ourselves on this competition. Three points will keep us in the race for top of the table.
"It is a competition we want to stay in for as long as possible, the first game didn't go to plan. We conceded sloppy goals and didn't start well, so hopefully we've learnt from mistakes.
"As far as I know it will be a direct game, a challenge in midfield and defensively. It will be energetic and there will be space in behind to explore, so that makes it interesting."