Match Preview: Cardiff vs Saints

By SFC Media time Mon 26 Jul Cardiff vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | James Ward-Prowse

Get the lowdown as Saints prepare to begin their training camp in Wales with a pre-season friendly with Cardiff City on Tuesday night.

THE MATCH

Cardiff City vs Saints
Pre-season friendly
Cardiff City Stadium
Tuesday 27th July (7pm BST)

SETTING THE SCENE

Saints head across the border for the first of two matches book-ending a training camp in Wales this week, as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side take on Cardiff tomorrow night before a friendly against Swansea City on Saturday.

Heading into the trip off the back of a 1-1 draw with Fulham in a behind-closed-doors friendly last weekend, Saints will look to step up their preparations against further Championship opposition.

For Cardiff, the midweek encounter will be their fourth pre-season outing, recording victories over Bath City and Forest Green Rovers as well as a draw with Exeter City.

With the Championship season just under two weeks away, Mick McCarthy’s side will be looking to build on last season’s eighth-place finish, finishing nine points outside of the play-offs.

In a bid to go one better in 2021/22, the Bluebirds have added striker James Collins - who scored 13 goals for Luton last season - as well as midfielder Ryan Wintle and defender Mark McGuinness from Crewe Alexandra and Arsenal (loan) respectively.

HEAD TO HEAD

Played: 55
Saints: 19
Draws: 15
Cardiff: 21

LAST FIVE MEETINGS

Saints 1-2 Cardiff (Stephens) Premier League
Cardiff 1-0 Saints Premier League
Saints 0-1 Cardiff Premier League
Cardiff 0-3 Saints (Rodriguez 2, Lambert) Premier League
Saints 1-0 Cardiff (Lambert) Championship

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