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          Cardiff vs Southampton Betting Tip

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          Southampton to win and over 3.5 goals @ 5/2
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          Cardiff vs Southampton Prediction, Tips & Stats

          Southampton will be aiming to strengthen their push for a spot in the automatic promotion places when they travel to the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

          The visitors are currently sitting in 4th position in the table and are just five points below the top of the table. With the three teams above them dropping points in recent weeks, the Saints may play an important part in the race for automatic promotion places.

          The Saints still have to face Leicester and Leeds united before the end of the season so there is a large possibility that if they win this weekend they may gain an automatic return to the Premier League.

          Under Russell Martin, Southampton have spent almost the entirety of the campaign towards the top of the table, helped by their remarkable 22-match unbeaten league run between September and February.

          Last weekend, Southampton scored a 99th minute winner to ensure they took away all three points against Watford. Will Smallbone and Che Adams had put Saints on course to capitalise on Leeds and Leicester's earlier defeats before Ryan Porteous and Ismael Kone levelled things up.

          But Downes crashed home at the back post deep into stoppage time to send St Mary's and manager Russell Martin into raptures - with a play-off place confirmed at the very least.

          Cardiff City, on the other hand, still have a slim possibility of achieving a place in the playoffs. The Bluebirds are currently sitting in 11th place in the Championship table and are six points away from the playoff places with just three games remaining.

          Cardiff come into this weekend on the back of an inconsistent run of form which has seen them record three defeats and two victories in their past five games. This run has seen them record victories over Birmingham and Coventry but record defeats to Hull Sunderland and Millwall.

          The fixture of Cardiff vs Southampton has a long and storied history, with the two sides having first met in 1913. In total, the two sides have faced each other on 56 occasions, with Cardiff having won 21 and Southampton having won 20.

          It was Southampton who recorded an impressive 2-0 victory when these sides met each other in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season. Adam Armstrong's double fired Southampton to victory and to Saints' longest unbeaten run for 29 seasons. Armstrong curled and headed in his 11th and 12th goals of the season in a dominant display.

          Unsurprisingly, considering the respective form of these sides heading into this weekend, it is Southampton who are heavily favoured at bookies and they are currently priced @ 4/9, whilst a home win for Cardiff is priced @ 11/2 and a draw is @ 18/5.

          We are backing Southampton to win to nil because they have the far superior form heading into this weekend. The Saints have won all three of their last league games. Four of the last five games that have been played between these sides have been won to nil.

          Cardiff Team News

          Cardiff were dealt a huge injury blow last week as Aaron Ramsey suffered an injury which will likely end his season early. In his absence, Rubin Colwill is likely to retain his place in the starting XI.

          Southampton Team News

          Russell Martin has no fresh injury concerns to contend with, but could be tempted into rotating his starting 11 having named two unchanged line-ups in a row, as Saints head into a third consecutive two-game week.