Dec 26, 2013, 9:32 AM EST
After a tumultuous last few months at the Cardiff City Stadium, Malky Makcay is still in charge and owner Vincent Tan seems to have stepped off his high horse and forgotten about sacking the hugely popular manager.
Mackay has steered Cardiff to the top-flight and despite doing a sterling job he’s under intense pressure. Throw in the fact that the Bluebirds have only won twice in their last 10 games.
Mauricio Pochettino‘s Southampton haven’t won in six and a spade of injuries has seriously halted their superb early season form. The Saints sit in ninth, but with a few faces nearing a return, expect another good spell on the horizon.
Saints welcome back Luke Shaw, Jose Fonte and Maya Yoshida to the lineup as their injury worries are easing slightly. But Croatian international Dejan Lovren misses out, as does Italian striker Daniel Osvaldo through suspension.
Cardiff City: Marshall, Taylor, Caulker, Turner, Theophile-Catherine; Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Noone; Odemwingie, Campbell
Subs: Lewis; Hudson, Cornelius, Kim, Cowie, Maynard, John
Southampton: Gazzaniga, Chambers, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert.
Subs: K. Davis, Ramírez, Fox, Ward-Prowse, Hooiveld, Reed, Gallagher
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