Our prediction for this match:
Cardiff City Stadium will host Tuesday’s friendly between Cardiff City and Southampton. The Saints aim to kick off their pre-season in style, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in the midweek game. Even though Danny Ings’ future remains uncertain, the experienced attacker is likely to play some part in the Cardiff City Stadium clash. Theo Walcott, Nathan Redmons, and Stuart Armstrong should feature against the Bluebirds as well.
New signing Romain Perraud is pushing for a start. The Championship side head into the match following a 2-2 draw with Exeter, and seeing that they have been struggling at the back in pre-season, we are tempted to put our money on the Premier League side. It has to be noted that the hosts will be without Kieffer Moore, Rubin Colwill, and Leandro Bacuna in Tuesday’s game.
Highlighted Player (Leandro Bacuna):
Despite being born in Netherlands Leandro Bacuna decided to represent Curacao on international stage. The powerful midfielder, who parents are of Curacaoan descent, is a product of Groningen youth school and it has to be noted that he scored 14 goals in 109 appearances for the first team.
After ending his spell with Groningen, Leandro Bacuna joined Aston Villa in 2013 and he has been playing for the Villa Park outfit ever since. The Curacao international scored his first Premier League goal in September, 2013 against Manchester City, but seeing that Aston Villa coaches often used him as a full back he was not impressive in front of goal in previous seasons.
Leandro Bacuna was born in Groningen on August 21, 1991 and it has to be noted that he received his first call-up for the Curacao national football team 25 years later, in March 2016. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in San Salvador, with Bacuna picking up a yellow card in the 54th minute of the game.
Highlighted Team (Southampton):
Southampton are an English football club that have been playing their home games at St Mary's Stadium since 2001. The Saints were based at The Dell in the past and the capacity of Southampton’s new stadium is 32,505. Southampton wear red and white striped shirts and the colour of the team’s away kit is navy and green.
The Saints have yet to win the Premier League trophy, but they did well to clinch the FA Cup title back in 1976, while participating in the final of the prestigious competition in 1900, 1902 and 2003. Southampton outplayed Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final and that is probably the club’s greatest victory ever.
The club are well known for their football academy and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is one of the players who began their football carrier at the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit. Southampton’s fiercest rivals are Portsmouth and the two teams square off against each other in the South Coast Derby.