Southampton v Cardiff City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Southampton v Cardiff City

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Saturday, February 9, 2019


St Mary’s Stadium

Punter's Pick

Ladbrokes have under 2.5 goals at 8/11, reflecting the fact that this will not be a free flowing end to end game. The same firm also has the game to be all square at half-time and Southampton to win the second half at an interesting 13/4. Nathan Redmond’s trickery can trouble the Bluebirds, and he is 2/1 to score anytime with Bet365.

The fight to avoid relegation and preserve Premier League status resumes at St Mary’s Stadium, as Southampton take on fellow strugglers Cardiff City.

Crucial six-pointer?

The margins get tighter and tighter at the bottom end of the Premier League, with just two points separating fifteenth placed Newcastle United and Cardiff City in eighteenth position. Southampton find themselves two points to the good from the last relegation place occupied by their opponents on Saturday, but will be acutely aware a defeat could send them into the relegation places by Saturday evening.

With Huddersfield Town looking increasingly doomed in rock bottom position, and Fulham teetering on the brink too, realistically these two teams along with Newcastle United and Burnley will be occupying the last relegation spot come May. The result of this clash could go a long way to deciding the fate of both clubs, with a win would give either club renewed confidence and momentum going into the final stretch of the season.

Southampton in good touch, but home form patchy

The Saints earned a battling 1-1 draw last time out at fellow relegation strugglers Burnley, being denied all three points by a 94th minute equalizer. The draw at Turf Moor made it five games undefeated in the Premier League, as Southampton find form at just at the right time. However the Saints have only won two home games all season, with six draws and four defeats. Their home record in fact is almost the worse in the Premier League this season, with only Huddersfield Town with one win faring worse. This will clearly encourage the Bluebirds, with Southampton having also shipped nineteen goals in twelve games at home this season.

Can the Bluebirds capitalise?

Despite Southampton’s patchy home form, away from home, Cardiff have found the going tough with only win on their travels, supplemented by two draws. What will give them some heart is all of their away points have been earned against sides currently in the bottom half of the table. Their haul of only five points will be of real concern to manager Neil Warnock, with only Fulham having a worse away record in the Premier League this season.

Cagey affair, Saints to nick it?

Despite the leaky defences of both teams, this match is likely to be a tight affair as six pointers tend to be at this crucial junction of the season. The fear of defeat may paralyse both sets of players, turning this into a tense game of few chances.

Southampton have an edge in the attacking third, having scored 27 goals this season compared to Cardiff’s 22. With Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond in good goal scoring form, they will fancy finding a way through. With Cardiff failing to score in four of their last seven games, they will have their work cut out to get anything from this game.

Punter's Pick

Ladbrokes have under 2.5 goals at 8/11, reflecting the fact that this will not be a free flowing end to end game. The same firm also has the game to be all square at half-time and Southampton to win the second half at an interesting 13/4. Nathan Redmond’s trickery can trouble the Bluebirds, and he is 2/1 to score anytime with Bet365.

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