BLUE­BIRD SAINTS: BIG MATCH PANEL

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What time is kick-off?

THE match at Cardiff City Sta­dium gets un­der­way at 3pm this af­ter­noon.

Is it on TV?

DUE to the black­out laws on broad­cast­ing matches be­tween 2.45pm and 5.15pm on Satur­days, the game will not be shown live on tele­vi­sion.

You can watch high­lights on Match of the Day on BBC One from 10.20pm tonight. They will be re­peated on the same chan­nel at 8.30am to­mor­row morn­ing.

Al­ter­na­tively, you can fol­low the buildup, score up­dates and re­ac­tion on our live match blog which will be on WalesOn­line from mid­day.

What is the lat­est team news?

CARDIFF City will once again be with­out striker Kenneth Zo­hore who is con­tin­u­ing to re­cover from a calf prob­lem.

In ad­di­tion to the for­ward, the Blue­birds will also be un­able to call upon the ser­vices of Jazz Richards while there are con­cerns over Danny Ward and Gary Ma­dine (pic­tured).

Ryan Ber­trand is un­likely to fea­ture in the Welsh cap­i­tal hav­ing missed the Saints’ de­feat to Tot­ten­ham at Wem­b­ley on Wed­nes­day night.

Else­where for the vis­i­tors, striker Danny Ings is in con­tention to re­turn hav­ing missed his side’s last four matches while Mario Lem­ina is avail­able hav­ing served a sus­pen­sion.

What have the man­agers said? Neil Warnock

“SOUTHAMP­TON have the fillip of a new man­ager, a spring in their step and they’ll all want to im­press,” he said.

“He’s done re­ally well where he’s been, took them up and done well in Europe. That’s the league we’re in.

“Ev­ery game against teams out­side the top six you have to get points from. I can un­der­stand why he didn’t want to take over un­til they were play­ing us.”

Ralph Hasen­huttl

“YOU can ex­pect a very pas­sion­ate kind of foot­ball with 11 char­ac­ters on the field who know ex­actly what to do,” said the Aus­trian.

“When you see us play­ing in the sum­mer it will be dif­fer­ent than when you see the team now.

“I can’t guar­an­tee you how many re­sults we will earn for that - if you want guar­an­tees, buy a wash­ing ma­chine. In foot­ball, there are no guar­an­tees. I hope it is enough to stay in this divi­sion.”

What are the lat­est bet­ting odds? (Odds cour­tesy of Sky Bet, cor­rect at time of pub­lish­ing) Cardiff City win Draw Southamp­ton win

21/10

Pre­dicted line­ups Cardiff City:

Etheridge; Manga, Mor­ri­son, Bamba, Ben­nett; Gun­nars­son, Arter; Ca­ma­rasa, Reid, Hoi­lett; Paterson.

Southamp­ton:

McCarthy; Cedric, Stephens, Yoshida, Tar­gett; Davis, Ho­jberg, Ward-Prowse, Arm­strong; Red­mond, Gab­bia­dini.

Who is the ref­eree?

JONATHAN Moss will take charge of pro­ceed­ings at Cardiff City Sta­dium.

The West York­shire of­fi­cial was the man in the mid­dle for the Blue­birds’ 4-1 de­feat to Chelsea at Stam­ford Bridge in Septem­ber.

Match facts

9/5 8/5

■ Cardiff and Southamp­ton last faced in league com­pe­ti­tion in 2013-14 in the Premier League – Saints won 3-0 at the Cardiff City Sta­dium but the Blue­birds won 1-0 at St. Mary’s.

■ Prior to win­ning 3-0 away at Cardiff City on Box­ing Day in 2013, Southamp­ton had lost seven con­sec­u­tive league matches there be­tween 1976 and 2011.

■ Cardiff have won three of their last four Premier League home games (L1), as many as they had in their pre­vi­ous 18 in the com­pe­ti­tion (W3 D5 L10).

■ Cardiff have come from be­hind to win their last two home Premier League games – only twice has a club ever done so in three con­sec­u­tive games at home, Black­burn in Novem­ber 2009 and New­cas­tle in March 2013.

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