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Southampton vs Cardiff Predictions

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      Tip Reasoning

      Southampton were denied the 3 points they so desperately wanted last weekend as an Ashley Barnes penalty in the dying embers of the game gifted Burnley a point at Turf Moor, but despite these dropped points the mood around St Mary’s Stadium is starting to turn good.

      Ralph Hassenhuttl has turned the fortunes of the Saints around, taking over at the start of December and guiding them out of the Premier League relegation zone in the months that have followed. They are now unbeaten in 5 league games and sit 16th in the table, although the 2 point gap between themselves and the relegation zone is far from a safe one.

      Still, not many will be expecting Southampton to face the drop given their recent form. They have only lost 3 of their 10 Premier League matches since Hassenhuttl took charge, and the attack minded manager has inspired his team to score 14 goals in this period, accounting for over half their overall tally this season.

      Cardiff will be desperate for the win on Saturday though, because they know a 3 point haul would lift them out of the relegation zone and could take them as high as 15th in the table.

      Neil Warnock’s men managed to get all 3 points at home to Bournemouth last weekend, but this was just their second win in their last 10 matches and 6 of those have ended in defeat. Some of these failures have been understandable, but dropped points against Newcastle and Huddersfield could well come back to haunt them later in the season.

      Despite these 2 sides being some of the lowest scorers in the top flight, recent changes have seen an increase in the goals output. Southampton have scored in 8 of the 10 matches since Hassenhuttl took over, but they have also conceded in 9 of these games. They face a Cardiff side who have scored in 4 of their last 6 away games in the league, so backing Both Teams to Score here looks a great choice along with a 1-1 correct score prediction.

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