thumbnail Hello,

Premier League

  • December 26, 2013
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 27929

Premier League Preview: Cardiff City - Southampton

Premier League Preview: Cardiff City - Southampton

Getty Images

Bluebirds manager Malky Mackay will hope for a switch of focus from off-field drama and a return to winning ways at home, with only one victory from their last seven as hosts.

Malky Mackay will hope that focus around Cardiff City switches away from off-field matters when his side hosts Southampton on Thursday.

The Scot had feared Saturday's match against Liverpool, which ended in a 3-1 defeat, would be his last as Bluebirds manager after disagreements escalated between him and owner Vincent Tan.

However, a temporary truce appears to have been called while the two work out their differences and Mackay will hope for some festive cheer against a Saints outfit which has not won in six Premier League matches.

After a promising start to the campaign, which saw Southampton lose just one of its opening 11 games, Mauricio Pochettino's men have stuttered lately and slipped to ninth in the table but may fancy their chances of stopping the slide at the Cardiff City Stadium, with the hosts having won only once in their last seven matches.

While the sides have met regularly in the Championship over recent years, this will be their first fixture in the top flight, and Pochettino is eager for his team to show their resilience.

"We have to keep on working and believing as a team," he told the club's official website. "In the past we had a run of seven games winning when we were looking up but now it is the opposite. We need to keep working."

Mackay will take comfort from his side's home form going into the game, with Cardiff having earned 11 of its 17 points at home.

Luke Shaw (illness) and Nathaniel Clyne (hamstring) look set to return for Southampton, but Victor Wanyama (calf), Artur Boruc (hand) and Guly Do Prado (knee) will miss out.

Cardiff however has just one injury doubt, with Craig Bellamy unlikely to feature because of a knee injury.

"Craig has a little knee issue right now," Mackay told Wales Online. "It's an ongoing situation. He has had a number of operations on the knee over his career and he is being checked out."

Follow GOAL.COM on


Field Report
Reader's Predictions
Top 3 Predictions
Head to Head
English Premier League (EPL) ‎(EPL)‎ Apr 12, 2014 Southampton 0 - Cardiff City 1
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
English Premier League (EPL) ‎(EPL)‎ Dec 26, 2013 Cardiff City 0 - Southampton 3
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
England - Championship ‎(ENG2)‎ Sep 28, 2011 Cardiff City 2 - Southampton 1
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
1David MarshallGoalkeeper
3Andrew TaylorDefender
45Steven CaulkerDefender
6Ben TurnerDefender
28Kevin Theophile CatherineDefender
7Peter WhittinghamMidfielder
16Craig NooneMidfielder
17Aron Einar GunnarssonMidfielder
18Jordon MutchMidfielder
25Fraizer CampbellStriker
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
32Joe LewisGoalkeeper
5Mark HudsonDefender
42Declan JohnDefender
13Bo-Kyung KimMidfielder
19Don CowieMidfielder
29Andreas CorneliusStriker
-Nicky MaynardStriker
25Paulo GazzanigaGoalkeeper
3Maya YoshidaDefender
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
28Calum ChambersMidfielder
23Luke ShawDefender
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
8Steven DavisMidfielder
18Jack CorkDefender
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
-Rickie LambertStriker
9Jay RodriguezStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
13Daniel FoxDefender
26Jos HooiveldDefender
10G. RamírezMidfielder
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
38Harrison ReedMidfielder
40Sam GallagherStriker

From the web

From the web