The last thing a newly promoted side such as Cardiff City needs at the moment is an off-field feud between manager and owner, but following Vincent Tan’s ultimatum of “Quit or be sacked” to Malky Mackay, you couldn’t really think of anything more unsettling for a side struggling to get points on the pitch.
Cardiff were subjected to the Luis Suarez show at Anfield, with the Uruguayan slotting in two and setting up one for Raheem Sterling. City lacked ideas but against Southampton they have got to fancy themselves to get at least a point, if not those crucial three. Southampton, having started so strongly this year, have hit a road bump with losses at home recently to Aston Villa and Spurs, conceding six goals in total from those two matches.The Saints have now gone six Premier League matches without a win but still sit in 9th.
Cardiff however are hovering just four points above the relegation zone in 15th place. But history is one their side in this encounter as Southampton have not won there since Dec 27, 1965.
FFC PREDICTS: Cardiff 1-1 Southampton
It’s hard to imagine Southampton not scoring with the likes of Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana both on song at the moment, but a win away from home at a club that is hungry for points is a tough call. If Cardiff can ignore the off pitch shenanigans they can at least force a draw, if not take three vital points.
Cardiff City v Southampton Pre-Match Stats
Cardiff have won the last five home league games against Saints, all by a one-goal margin.
None of the last 11 matches in all competitions between Cardiff and Southampton has ended as an away win (nine home wins, two draws).
Southampton have won only one of their previous 12 Premier League games played on December 26 (W1 D6 L5)
The Saints have scored a total of only three goals in their last seven Premier League games on December 26.
Southampton have now gone eight Premier League games without keeping a clean sheet; the longest current run in the top flight.
Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga has conceded 10 goals this season but made only six saves.
Cardiff City have netted only five goals in their last nine Premier League matches.
All three of Jordon Mutch’s goals for Cardiff in the Premier League have come away from home.
Peter Whittingham (two goals, four assists) has had a hand in half of Cardiff’s last 12 Premier League goals.
Adam Lallana has already netted more goals this season in 17 PL appearances (4) than he managed in 30 PL apps last season (3).