Our in-depth match preview, in association with SportPesa, brings you everything you need to know ahead of Southampton's meeting with Cardiff in the Premier League.
Southampton vs Cardiff
St Mary’s Stadium
Saturday 9th February, 3pm GMT
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistants: Stephen Child, Harry Lennard
Fourth official: Tim Robinson
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Saints can look back on the first 10 Premier League matches under the guidance of Ralph Hasenhüttl with great pride, but will be well aware of the significance of Saturday’s visit of Cardiff City.
A total of 15 points have been earned in that time, not to mention the status as one of just three sides who remain unbeaten in the top flight this calendar year.
The two dropped courtesy of Ashley Barnes’s stoppage-time penalty at Turf Moor last week however, give this clash an added edge; later that evening, Neil Warnock’s 18th-place Bluebirds were beating Bournemouth for their first win in five league games and go within two points of safety.
A five-match streak of positive results – Saints’ best since August 2016 – will give the home faithful hope of registering an 11th win over Cardiff in their last 14 meetings.
Southampton: Ralph Hasenhüttl's side will be boosted by the return of both Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Maya Yoshida this weekend, the former ready for action once more following a concussion sustained in the draw with Crystal Palace.
Defender Yoshida will compete for one of the three central defensive positions while Ryan Bertrand may be made to wait another week before making his own complete recovery.
Cardiff: Likewise, Cardiff are hopeful to be boosted by welcoming midfielders Harry Arter and Victor Camarasa back into the fold after injuries. Bournemouth loanee Arter has a better chance than Camarasa to whom Warnock suggested "we need to be a little careful" in his rehabilitation.
Southampton’s last five:
Burnley (a) D 1-1 (Redmond)
Crystal Palace (h) D 1-1 (Ward-Prowse)
Everton (h) W 2-1 (Ward-Prowse, Digne o.g)
Derby (h) D 2-2 (3-5 on pens) (FA Cup) (Armstrong, Redmond)
Leicester (a) W 2-1 (Ward-Prowse, Long)
Cardiff’s last five:
Bournemouth (h) W 2-0
Arsenal (a) L 2-1
Newcastle (a) L 3-0
Huddersfield (h) D 0-0
Gillingham (a) L 1-0 (FA Cup)
Ralph Hasenhüttl: "We lost the first game against them 1-0 – I don't know if we were the worse team or if they were the better team, but we want to show ourselves that we are one step further in our development, so let us have a look and see if we can get a different result.
"In the last two months we have changed a lot – we have taken 15 points since then, which we had to because we are still in a lot of trouble, and that shows us how important it is in this part of the season to take points consistently."
Neil Warnock: "We’ve had to work hard, like we did on the Bournemouth fixture - especially after beating Chelsea 4-0. You have to work on your strengths and what you think are the opponents’ weaknesses. Clubs like Southampton maybe didn’t expect to be in the position they’re in, whereas we did. We’ll go there in good spirits and give them a good game.
"In the next few games, there’s no game we shouldn’t try and win. We want a good result on Saturday.”
On the tragic passing of Emiliano Sala
"When something like this happens it brings all the football family together. It shows that everybody is thinking on the same wavelength and it’s a loss to everyone in football. We all have things like this happen in our lifetime, you just have to move on. You don’t ever forget things like this."
Previous five meetings:
December 2018: Cardiff 1-0 Southampton
April 2014: Southampton 0-1 Cardiff
December 2013: Cardiff 0-3 Southampton (Rodriguez 2, Lambert)
January 2012: Southampton 1-1 Cardiff (Lambert)
September 2011: Cardiff 2-1 Southampton (De Ridder)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton have lost only one of their last 14 home matches against Cardiff in all competitions (W10 D3), although that defeat came in their last such meeting in April 2014 in the Premier League.
- Just one of Southampton’s five Premier League wins this season have been against sides starting the day below them (3-1 vs Huddersfield). Indeed, their other four victories have been against sides starting the day in the top half of the table.
- All five of Nathan Redmond's Premier League goal involvements for Southampton this season have come under Ralph Hasenhüttl, with 3 goals and 2 assists in 10 appearances (after none in 15 games before that this term).
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