SAINTS host Cardiff City looking to make it 11 matches unbeaten in the Championship, after a 1-0 win over Bristol City midweek.

Turkish manager Erol Bulut has the early relegation contenders just outside the playoffs and the visitors represent stern opposition. 

Saints boss Russell Martin made three changes to his side midweek and will be forced into at least one more after the injury to Kamaldeen Sulemana.

It is Cardiff's first visit to St Mary's since they beat Saints in Ralph Hasenhuttl's first match almost exactly five years ago. Here is how we think Saints could line up...


Gavin Bazunu will retain his place and is buoyed by an excellent performance and a third clean sheet of the season last time out.


There is no reason to change the back four of Kyle Walker-Peters, Jan Bednarek, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Ryan Manning but James Bree is unlucky to miss out.


Flynn Downes is nailed on and Stuart Armstrong should be fit enough to start again, while Will Smallbone could come back in for Shea Charles after rotation.


Adam Armstrong and Charly Alcaraz will make up two-thirds of the attack and Sam Edozie could be recalled to replace the injured Kamaldeen.

Full predicted team

Bazunu; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Harwood-Bellis, Manning; Downes, Smallbone, S Armstrong; Alcaraz, Edozie, A Armstrong.