Hasenhuttl Starts Southampton Reign at Cardiff on Saturday
New Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl gets his first taste of Premier League action on Saturday when he takes his new side to face Cardiff. This is a massive game for the club, and a big test for the Austrian right at the very start of his career. He takes over with Southampton in the relegation zone, although they are only one point from safety and a win on Saturday would guarantee that his team would move out of the bottom three, showing just how important the game is for them.
With just nine points on the board from their first 15 games it is no surprise that Southampton have decided to make a choice, but given their position in the league it may be a surprise to some that they have decided to go with a foreign manager who is having his first stint in the Premier League. There is no doubting that Hasenhuttl did well in Germany with Leipzig, and he deserves the chance to manage in a league like the Premier League, but Southampton need to pick up points quickly and if it takes Hasenhuttl time to adjust that could be bad for them.
Something that The Saints have in their favour is that there are many different teams involved in the battle at the bottom, so there will be plenty of chances to win and move up the table. Just four points separate seven clubs at the bottom, only three of them will go down so Southampton have many rivals they need to try and get the better of as we continue through the season.
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The first game for Hasenhuttl is going to be huge both for him and for the club as a whole. Cardiff are two points ahead of Southampton right now, but the Saints will go above them with a win in the game. Southampton are the slight favourites for this one, despite being away from home and with a new manager in charge. They are priced up at 13/8 to win the game, while Cardiff are available at a slightly bigger 9/5 and the draw can be backed at 11/5.