Southampton v Cardiff City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 05, 2019
St Mary's Stadium - Premier League
Relegation-battling Cardiff City head to Southampton this weekend, to face Ralph Hasenhuttl's Southampton, who are still at risk of the drop.
Cardiff won 1-0 at home against Southampton earlier this season, with Callum Paterson scoring a late winner for Neil Warnock's side. The Saints last beat Cardiff in Wales back in 2014, with their last home victory in 2009 when both sides were in the Championship.
Southampton have Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Michael Obafemi back in contention following injury, although Obafemi is short of match fitness. However, Mario Lemina and Danny Ings are sidelined for the hosts.
Midfielder Victor Camarasa returns for Warnock's side for the trip to the South Coast, but defender Sean Morrison is still absent as he recovers from appendicitis.
Southampton v Cardiff City Preview and Predictions
Southampton let a lead slip away at Burnley last weekend, ending up with a 1-1 draw against a relegation rival, and they will be hoping for better luck this time around. The Saints are unbeaten in their last seven games in league and cup competition, with Hasenhuttl giving them a real chance of avoiding the drop.
Cardiff collected their first win of 2019 with an emotional victory in South Wales over Bournemouth, as Bobby Reid scored his first goals since December. The Bluebirds are still mired in relegation trouble, third from bottom, and two points adrift of Premier League safety as they head to St Mary's.
A consistent Southampton have the edge here, and despite Cardiff battling for their lives, Hasenhuttl's side should be good for the win - priced at an interesting 8/11. Efficiency in front of goal has been the key factor for Southampton in recent weeks, with four goals in three games securing five valuable Premier League points. They are unlikely to change that this weekend, with a home win and under 2.5 goals scored available at 5/2.
Southampton to win 2-0 at 15/2
Hasenhuttl knows that his side need to collect points against the sides around them in the table if they are to achieve their objective of avoiding relegation. Points on the board are all that matters at this stage of the season, and Southampton are looking to push on.
Shane Long to score anytime at 13/8
With Ings out of action, Hasenhuttl is likely to turn to Long as a replacement, as he did when Ings was withdrawn against Burnley. The Republic of Ireland international has struggled in front of goal for some time, but he looks to be regaining confidence, and scored on his last Premier League start.