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Vital Preview: Cardiff v Southampton

The calm after the storm, or is that the calm before the next storm? All being well the football can do the talking for Cardiff for the foreseeable future (however long that is) as we begin the Christmas fixtures by entertaining Southampton at the Cardiff City Stadium on Boxing Day.

Craig Bellamy was thought to be inline to return against Liverpool last weekend but his knee injury prevented that, it's likely that it'll keep him out again.

Fraizer Campbell was left out of the starting XI for the trip to Anfield, when he was the only change to the side that beat WBA before that, but will hope to get a recall as will Kim Bo-Kyung.

Andreas Cornelius is fit but he awaits a first start in the Premier League for us, I'm not sure it'll come on Boxing Day though.

Southampton could have a quartet of players fit to feature, so Kelvin Davis, Luke Shaw, Nathaniel Clyne and Dani Osvaldo will be hoping to get the nod for the visitors with Jose Fonte and Maya Yoshida also looking to be involved.

Injuries will definitely keep out Artur Boruc and Victor Wanyama though.

It looks good for a Cardiff victory if previous is anything to go by, the last seven times that we've faced the Southampton as the home side we've won, every time by one goal.

You have to go back 17 league attempts since the away side actually did win this fixture; this came almost 48-years to the day when this game will be played. On that occasion we were the losing side as Southampton won 5-3 at Ninian Park.

Mark Lawrenson, the self proclaimed BBC football analyst always has something to say ahead of a game so let's take a look at his thoughts for this one. He said: "Southampton's problems are not on the same scale as Cardiff's but they have now gone six games without a win and their defence, which was so miserly at the start of the season, is just starting to leak a little a bit."

Hopefully that the sieve continues to leak and the fine start to the season that Southampton had made continues to go wrong for them as we continue a good run of home form. If we can keep Peter Whittingham involved, as he has either contributed to or scored most of goals in the Premier League, that'll help us too.




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Writer: Bluebird Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 25 2013

Time: 8:59PM

 

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