Southampton vs Cardiff City
English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 9 February 2019
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: St.Mary’s Stadium (Southampton).
With just two points between these two sides who sit right on the brink of the red zone, Saturday’s Premier League clash between Southampton and Cardiff City has all ingredients of a relegation six-pointer.
The hosts are in a somewhat better position being two points above after a streak of two wins and three draws in last five league outings.
Ralph Hasenhuttl looks to have found the right formula to help his team keep things tight at the back. The Saints were very easy to break down before the Austrian manager took charge, but they significantly improved this segment under his leadership.
The Saints conceded only four goals in last five league matches and they will have a nice opportunity to keep such fie defensive trend going against the team with the second weakest attacking record in the division. Only the rock-bottomed Huddersfield Town have scored fewer goals than Cardiff City so far in the season.
Southampton vs Cardiff City: Head-to-head
There were just two goals in last two head to head encounters between these two likes, both in Southampton’s net.
Just one of past four H2H meetings saw three or more goals scored.
The Bluebirds will come into this off the back of two consecutive 1-0 wins over Southampton.
The Saints were much more successful in games at St. Mary’s Stadium where they won three, drew two and lost just one of six ties against Cardiff City.
Southampton vs Cardiff City: Prediction
The visitors will also enter the match with an improved confidence. They ended a five-game winless streak seven days ago beating Bournemouth 2-0 on the home patch. Nonetheless, Neil Warnock does not quite have plenty of reasons for optimism ahead of this away fixture since the Bluebirds have really been struggling badly on travels so far in the season.
Cardiff City won 1, drew 2 and lost 9 of 12 away matches in the Premier League (7-23 goal difference). They scored just two goals in past five outings on the road. Given the match has such a huge importance for both teams, we can’t quite see a beauty here at St. Mary’s. As three of last four head to head games saw fewer than three goals scored, the Under 2.5 goals FT is a must-take bet at the 1.80 odds.
Southampton vs Cardiff City: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.80 (4/5)
Southampton to keep a clean sheet @ 2.25 (5/4).