Southampton v Cardiff City

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It's 16th against 18th at St Mary's on Saturday, as Southampton and Cardiff meet in a crucial clash at the bottom end of the table.

It’s 16th against 18th at St Mary’s on Saturday, as Southampton and Cardiff meet in a crucial clash at the bottom end of the table.

Just two places and two points separate the two teams going into the game, with Saints having the edge having gone five league games without defeat and collecting four points from their last two home matches. Southampton will know how crucial this game could be, especially with a tough run of fixtures over the coming weeks – with three of the next four matches coming against Arsenal (a), Man Utd (a) and Tottenham (h). Ralph Hasenhuttl’s attacking options are limited after another injury for Danny Ings. The former Burnley man suffered a hamstring injury in the draw at Crystal Palace and faces up to three weeks on the sidelines. The Saints though have been boosted by the news that Ryan Bertrand is back available, after over two months out with a back problem, while Maya Yoshida is also in contention after returning from the Asian Cup. Meanwhile, Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has rejected claims that he is considering quitting and insists he and his team are up for the challenge in the fight to stay in the Premier League. Warnock has revealed that Harry Arter will be available for the trip to St Mary’s, after missing the game with his parent club Bournemouth. The Bluebirds boss will make a late decision though on Victor Camarasa, who he says they ‘have to be a little bit careful with’. Cardiff are looking for a league double over Southampton, after Callum Paterson’s second-half goal gave them a 1-0 victory back in December. The Welsh outfit have won the last two meetings between the sides, following a 1-0 win at St Mary’s in 2014.

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