Southampton vs Cardiff by 20legend
It is obviously what Cardiff is searching for when they pays a visit to St. Mary’s to face Southampton this afternoon; three points. The facts are clear as Cardiff is 19th with 26 points, they have a six-point gap up to the secure 17th place held by Norwich. However, there is a chance for Cardiff as Fulham (18th) takes on Norwich (17th) today as well. If there should be a draw in this game, Cardiff will go past Fulham and only have four points up to Norwich. Norwich has the worst program in the remaining round as they shall meet Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. That little hope should be enough to encourage them to give it all in their remaining rounds.
However, it is a big blow for The Bluebirds that Craig Noone (17/1) will probably miss the rest of the season with his abdominal injury. Noone has been one of Cardiff’s best players this season and his offensive attributions will be truly missed. Their striker Kenwyne Jones (8/1) is doubtful ahead of today’s game, and Peter Whittingham (27/2) will be his replacement if necessary.
This could get ugly for Cardiff. As they lost a shocking 0-3 against Crystal Palace at home last weekend, you could really see the players just losing it as the goals poured in. Southampton still has a lot to show as some of their players like Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw are all in the discussion for a trip to the World Cup with England this summer. The value of keeping on and show themselves in a game like this could therefore be a very valuable asset when Roy Hodgson shall select his men. If The Saints should get a quite early lead today, I think that the same would happen to Cardiff as it happened against Crystal Palace. Only this time it could be a lot worse as Southampton is a far better team. My pick will be Southampton to score at least three goals here and dominate completely.
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|Southampton over 2,5 goals||Bet365||2.63||8||0-1 LOST (-8 units)|