Kick-off: 1500, 08/12/2018
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
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Southampton will have new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl in charge for their Premier League clash with Cardiff in Wales and we’re backing the Austrian to make an immediate impact.
Saints showed some encouraging signs late on in Wednesday’s loss to Tottenham at Wembley and should receive a lift from the change in leadership.
The Bluebirds have done well at home of late, but we still like 8/5 for an away win as our first Cardiff vs Southampton prediction.
A Look At Cardiff City’s Betting Odds
Cardiff have won three of their last four top-flight fixtures in Wales, seeing off Fulham, Brighton and Wolves with spirited displays and eight goals scored in those games.
However, they are still without an away victory in this competition following Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat at West Ham.
The Bluebirds blew a golden chance to take the lead when Joe Ralls saw a first-half penalty saved by Lukasz Fabianski.
City were made to pay as the Hammers put in three goals after the interval, before Josh Murphy bagged a late consolation.
Neil Warnock admits his side will now face fired-up opponents this weekend, stating: “Southampton have the fillip of a new manager, a spring in their step, and they’ll all want to impress.
“He’s done really well where he’s been and they’ve probably got the best squad in the bottom half of the division.”
Looking at the Cardiff vs Southampton odds, we reckon 9/2 for an away win and both teams to score is a value pick.
Last Cardiff line-up: Etheridge, Bennett, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Bamba, Arter, Ralls, Paterson, Gunnarsson, Camarasa, Hoilett.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton looked set to suffer a heavy defeat when going 3-0 down against Spurs at Wembley, but a late rally will have given Hasenhuttl hope for the future.
Saints hit the woodwork three times and man-of-the-match Hugo Lloris had to make several excellent saves before Charlie Austin snatched a last-gasp consolation.
Kelvin Davis was in caretaker charge for that tough test and believes former Leipzig manager Hasenhuttl will have a positive impact.
“We met at the hotel after lunch, he was very concise with his information, very honest and to the point with what he wanted and how he wants to work,” Davis said.
“Generally a good feel to him. He is very keen to come in and improve us as a group.”
Hasenhuttl, who has been billed as ‘The Klopp of The Alps’, commented: “You can expect a very passionate kind of football, with 11 characters on the field who know exactly what to do, what they have to show the crowd.
“I want to bring the players to their limits…it will be an intensive, hard-working way. If someone says it is too much running or work, they will fall very quickly beside us.”
Stuart Armstrong has looked a shrewd signing from Celtic this season, scoring against Fulham and Manchester United recently.
He seems the type to thrive under Hasenhuttl and 15/2 for the Scotland midfielder to net first is added to our Cardiff vs Southampton betting tips.
Last Southampton line-up: McCarthy, Soares, Yoshida, Stephens, Targett, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Redmond, Hojbjerg, Gabbiadini.
West Ham 3-1 CARDIFF – Josh Murphy
Tottenham 3-1 SOUTHAMPTON – Charlie Austin
Head-to-head: Southampton 0-1 Cardiff, Cardiff 0-3 Southampton
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