Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl will become the first Austrian to take charge of a Premier League fixture on Saturday, as he travels to Cardiff City.

Following the sacking of Mark Hughes, the former Red Bull Leipzig manager was drafted in to try and save the Saints’ season and end their barron run.

Southampton are currently 13 games without a win in all competitions, their worst winless run since 1998, and have won just four of their last 40 Premier League fixtures.

Hasenhuttl’s first team selection for the Saints is unlikely to include captain Ryan Bertrand as he is a doubt after missing the mid-week defeat to Tottenham, BBC Sport understands.

The Southampton boss may also be without Michael Obafemi and Danny Ings for the trip to Cardiff, as they are both nursing hamstring problems.

On the Saints’ last visit to the Cardiff City Stadium in 2013 they picked up a 3-0 victory and ended a seven-game losing streak, and will be hoping for a repeat performances on this occasion.

Southampton have won just four of their last 20 away meetings in this fixture though, drawing on four occasions and losing 12 times.

Hasenhuttl will be looking to bring Leipzig’s form from his time in charge to the club, but he could become part of an unwanted list on Saturday afternoon.

None of Southampton’s last seven managers have won their first game in charge, and if they are to turn their season around and climb up the table the Austrian will need to buck that trend.


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