With Southampton only just entering the Championship, technically they should be classed as underdogs for this fixture with Cardiff being seen as constant promotion challengers. However, Saints have adapted to life in this division remarkably well and approach this fixture sat top of the table. They certainly won’t have an easy ride against this Cardiff side though, with Malky Mackay’s men also performing well as they sit in 6th position.
Having collected thirteen points from their opening eight games, the majority of Cardiff supporters will be delighted with the way which they have started the campaign. The Bluebirds completely revamped their squad over the summer and even though Malky Mackay tasted mild success during his spell in charge at Watford, some of Cardiff’s fans still viewed the appointment as a risk. Still, once again it looks as though the Cardiff City Stadium outfit will be a big force this season although Mackay may be slightly concerned with the club’s current form which has seen them draw the last three. On the flip side, such results have contributed to an unbeaten run of seven games and that will please the Bluebirds faithful immensely.
Southampton on the other hand were fairly mellow in the transfer market and this caused some sections of their support to be concerned ahead of this season. However, it appears as though Nigel Adkins is once again proving he’s a master at the Championship after leading his side to collect nineteen points from their opening fixtures. Such a return means that they have only lost the one game this season and they approach this tie unbeaten in five. However, some supporters may be slightly unhappy with the club’s last result after Saints only managed to draw against a struggling Burnley side. The draw still left the club top of the league, although Adkins will be hoping that normal service will be resumed when they make the trip to the Cardiff City Stadium this Wednesday.
As for team news, Cardiff have two concerns as Malky Mackay sweats on the fitness of Rob Earnshaw and Rudy Gestede. Groin and hamstring problems are keeping the duo out respectively so Mackay may have to turn to youth to fill the striker void. It’s much better for the visitors on the other hand as Saints prepare to welcome back Lee Barnard, Radhi Jaidi and Dan Harding following injuries.
Both of these sides approach this fixture with some very good form behind them and that makes this game very difficult to predict. At the moment, Southampton appear the stronger but with Cardiff holding the home advantage, we think that could even things up and this one could end in a draw – 2-2.