It seems remarkable to think Cardiff are out of the bottom three despite leading for a total of 93 minutes this season. Neil Warnock would happily settle for another injury-time winner here as Cardiff host Huddersfield in a proper relegation scrap. Hudder

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It seems remarkable to think Cardiff are out of the bottom three despite leading for a total of 93 minutes this season. Neil Warnock would happily settle for another injury-time winner here as Cardiff host Huddersfield in a proper relegation scrap. Huddersfield have lost eight league games in a row and are eight points adrift of safety, making this a must-win game for them. Cardiff have enjoyed plenty of home comforts this season but their last two games in front of their own supporters were both heavy defeats. Stuart James

Saturday 3pm

Venue Cardiff City Stadium

Last season n/a

Referee Lee Mason

This season G11 Y39 R1 xx cards/game

Odds H 13-10 A 11-4 D 23-10

CARDIFF

Subs from B Murphy, Peltier, Mendez-Laing, Cunningham, Decordova-Reid, Ralls, Smithies, Damour, Healey, Harris, Connolly

Doubtful Harris (shoulder)

Injured Ward (head, 19 Jan), Zohore (thigh, 19 Jan)

Suspended None

Discipline Y33 R1

Form WLLDWL

Leading scorer Paterson 4

HUDDERSFIELD

Subs from Hamer, Stankovic, Depoitre, Bacuna, Durm, Löwe, Smith, Mbenza, Brown

Doubtful Smith (hamstring)

Injured Mooy (knee, 29 Jan), Sabiri (collarbone, 29 Jan), Williams (knee, Mar)

Suspended None

Discipline Y30 R3

Form LLLLLL

Leading scorer Jørgensen 3

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Nuno Espirito Santo not interested in talking about Tammy Abraham

Boss Nuno Espirito Santo has refused to discuss Wolves' failed bid for Tammy Abraham.

The Chelsea striker was expected to end his temporary stay at Aston Villa and move to Molineux on loan.

But the 21-year-old is remaining at Villa Park, having scored 16 goals in 20 games this term, despite Wolves being confident about signing him at the start of the week.

Nuno said: "I don't speak about rumours. Our approach is simple, we do our work at home and when things happen we announce them. Until then – rumours.

"The window is open, for us to bring someone in it has to be someone we really think can add to our squad. We are happy with the squad.

"All the clubs, names, press, it's all normal. We should focus on what we have and what we can control. The rest, we don't even have to think about."

Wolves go to Manchester City on Monday sitting ninth in the Premier League and having knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup this week.

Nuno's side drew 1-1 with the defending champions at the start of the season and he feels that was key to their impressive campaign so far.

"That was a very important moment, it made us realise we were ready to compete in the Premier League. We put our standards high," said Nuno, who confirmed he had a fully-fit squad.

"We are growing, we started the competition on a new reality and we are changing and trying to adapt to solutions. We have been doing well, we have had bad moments, and we want to find the consistency.

"There's always something to improve on. Now it's a big challenge. The next one is always the most hard and it's going to be tough. They are a fantastic team with a fantastic manager.

"I know the reality of football, you have to be prepared for everything."

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Mauricio Pochettino revelled in Solskjaer's Champions League glory

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, the man who is favourite to become Manchester United's next permanent manager, has admitted to celebrating their most famous goal.

Pochettino is thought to be United's first choice to take over from caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is holding the fort following Jose Mourinho's sacking last month.

The Argentinian – an Espanyol player at the time – has revealed he was at the Nou Camp in 1999 as Solskjaer's injury-time goal against Bayern Munich won the Red Devils the Champions League.

The pair will go head-to-head at Wembley on Sunday as Spurs host United in the Premier League.

"I have good memories because I remember when he scored after 90 minutes at the Nou Camp, I was with Tony Jimenez, my goalkeeping coach we were then at the Nou Camp in 1999," he said.

Mauricio Pochettino File Photo
Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be top of Manchester United's shortlist (PA/Mike Egerton)

"I remember him when he scored the second goal in the injury-time and how I shouted the goal of Manchester United, that was unbelievable.

"We were neutral people watching a fantastic game. I have good memories of him.

"On Sunday we are going to meet at Wembley when 20 years ago I was shouting a goal that he scored for Manchester United and now we are going to play them at Wembley."

Pochettino does think Solskjaer will have added motivation to beat the man who is the favourite to get his job in the summer.

Solskjaer has intimated he would like the job on a permanent basis and a win in the toughest examination of his spell so far could earn him some credit.

Soccer/Solskjaer celebration
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored possibly the most famous goal in Manchester United history (PA/Owen Humphreys)

"The motivation is always going to be there," said Pochettino. "Of course when you're a manager or coach you cannot be focused on all the rumours.

"The most important thing is the motivation that we have to do our job in our best way. Of course Manchester is going to come on Sunday trying to win.

"Of course for him it's a massive motivation or challenge to manage Manchester United, like for me it's a massive challenge to be in front for this football club, Tottenham.

"Always the motivation is to win because we're so competitive. We're people that love to win and hate to lose, and always when you play a friendly game or a competitive game like Sunday always it's about winning.

"No one wants to lose. The motivation is going to be there because in the Premier League always the motivation is about winning."

Meanwhile, Pochettino compared Christian Eriksen to his beloved dog Sansa.

Eriksen has been biding his time on signing a new deal amid reported interest from Real Madrid.

"Christian is a very special person and you need to give him freedom, like on the pitch," Pochettino, who regularly waxes lyrical about his Rhodesian Ridgeback, said.

"You cannot put him in a box. You need to give freedom and trust him. Like my dog, in the park. I trust my dog. I say, 'Go, I trust you'.

"And Christian is a very clever person and of course there's going to be a decision from him, from the club, from different parts and I hope he can be committed to the club long-term.

Cardiff City v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – Cardiff City Stadium
Christian Eriksen has been linked with a move away (PA/Mark Kerton)

"We hope that he can be here for a long time. I think Christian is a fantastic player.

"I was in Copenhagen in the summer. I spent time with Jesus (Perez), my wife and Christian – very nice restaurant.

"We all hope that Christian will agree with the club a long-term contract because he's a great player.

"But like I explained a few weeks ago, in football it's about timings, negotiations, different parties and how they feel.

"Of course, it's his right to wait, to sign this week or in six months, to have different dreams and challenges.

"For me, it's not a point to discuss. He's committed to us, he's playing so well. I'm so happy with him."

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