Apr 12, 2014, 9:35 AM EDT
Southampton welcome Cardiff City to St. Mary’s on Saturday (Watch live online via NBC Sports Live Extra) with Saints comfortable in eighth and the Bluebirds in dire straits at the bottom of the standings.
Mauricio Pochettino is aiming to equal Saints’ best ever PL finish and seal a record points tally this season. His young and extremely talented side were unlucky to lose to Manchester City last time out and will fancy their chances against relegation haunted Cardiff.
The Bluebirds are six points from safety with five games to go and following their heavy defeat to Crystal Palace last week, it’s now or never for the South Wales side.
In team news, Southampton are without Jay Rodriguez after the England international ruptured his ACL in the defeat to Man City last week. Gaston Ramirez comes into the lineup. For Cardiff, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer makes several changes, as the Bluebirds need a win to try and boost their survival hopes.
Southampton: Gazzaniga, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Ramírez, Lallana, Lambert. Subs: Cropper, Clyne, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Hooiveld, Gallagher
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