Cardiff City vs Bournemouth will resume their against-the-odds battle for Premier League survival on Friday night
once they host Southampton within the opening match of the primary full gameweek back after the coronavirus pandemic.
Daniel Farke’s side sit six points adrift of safety with nine games of their season remaining,
whereas Southampton are seemingly beyond danger as they appear to finish their first ever top-flight double the Canaries.
Few have given the Canaries much hope of avoiding an instantaneous return to the Championship over the approaching weeks,
as long as they return to action sitting the lowest of the table and 6 points adrift of safety with only nine fixtures remaining.
However, in beating Leicester and dumping Tottenham out of the FA Cup before the coronavirus-enforced shutdown,
Daniel Farke’s side showed that they’re capable of pulling off some big results.
t is faraway from home where the Saints are most impressive this term, chalking up six victories on the road,
which is one shy of their club-record for one Premier League campaign and is additionally a tally only the present top four can beat.
The visitors will reach Carrow Road on a run of back-to-back away defeats, though, and that they haven’t suffered three consecutive top-flight losses since December 2018.
The last five editions of this fixture are won by the house side too, while Southampton have only won one among their seven previous Premier League visits to Carrow Road, thereupon triumph returning in 1994.
Cardiff City vs Bournemouth Team News
The break live has given most injury concerns the prospect to recover in time for the top of the campaign,
but Southampton are going to be without Moussa Djenepo for this match following his red card against Newcastle last outing .
Shane Long, who like his manager Hasenhuttl recently signed a replacement contract with the club,
is that the only injury doubt for the visitors thanks to a muscle problem which is probably going to stay him out of this first game back.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg could even be overlooked after he was stripped of the captaincy amid speculation over his future, with James Ward-Prowse inheriting the armband.
Danny Ings is predicted to steer the road no matter whether Long is fit,
with the 15-goal striker having netted just one occasion in his last seven Premier League outings following a run of 10 goals in 11 games before that.
Ings is second to only Pukki when it involves players who have scored the very best proportion of their team’s goals this season,
and therefore the Norwich striker is predicted to start out again as he looks to fireside his side to safety.
Emiliano Buendia has provided Pukki with many ammunition and his seven assists this season is among the simplest within the league, although he’s yet to urge on the scoresheet himself this term.
Farke has been hit with a triple injury blow which can see Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann and Sam Byram miss the rest of the season.
Timm Klose is now back in training, though, while Onel Hernandez,
who was also thanks to miss an outsized chunk of the campaign through injury, might be in contention to feature too.
Cardiff City vs Bournemouth Line Up
Norwich possible starting lineup:
Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Godfrey, Lewis; Tettey, McLean; Buendia, Duda, Cantwell; Pukki
Southampton possible starting lineup:
McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Romeu; Armstrong, Redmond; Ings, Obafemi
Cardiff City vs Bournemouth H2H
Southampton could complete a top-flight league double Norwich for the primary time. this is often the 22nd season they need met within the top division.
The last five Premier League meetings are won by the house side.
Saints have won four of the past six meetings altogether competitions, drawing one and losing one.
Date, time and venue
Cardiff City vs Bournemouth is scheduled for a 6:00pm BST kick-off on Friday, June 19, 2020.
There will be no fans present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
How to watch Cardiff City vs Bournemouth
TV channel: The match will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV with a day pass for £9.99.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app, with a mobile month pass available for £5.99.
Sky Bet Championship.
3:00pm, Saturday 18th September 2021.
Cardiff City Stadium.