Cardiff City v Southampton

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Ralph Hasenhuttl will take charge of his first Southampton game when they head to Cardiff on Saturday.

Ralph Hasenhuttl will take charge of his first Southampton game when they head to Cardiff on Saturday.

The Saints parted company with Mark Hughes on Monday and will be hoping to get off to a positive start under their new boss.

However, they face an improving Cardiff side who have won their last two home matches against Brighton and Wolves.

Neil Warnock has to contend with issues in attack and makeshift striker Callum Paterson looks set to lead the line.

Kenneth Zohore remains sidelined as he continues to nurse a calf injury, while Danny Ward and defender Jazz Richards are both unavailable.

Gary Madine is rated as a doubt and Cardiff will assess the frontman prior to kick-off before making a final decision.

Southampton are without a win in nine across all competitions and Hasenhuttl faces a tough task in trying to improve their fortunes.

Three successive away defeats suggest it will be a tough afternoon at the Cardiff City Stadium, while the Saints have only won once on the road this term.

Captain Ryan Bertrand is a doubt after missing the defeat against Tottenham with a back injury. Youngster Michael Obafemi and on-loan striker Danny Ings are both struggling with hamstring problems so could miss out.

Cardiff will be buoyed by their strong home league record against the Saints, having lost just four of their 20 engagements.

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