Preview - Cardiff City vs Brighton & Hove Albion 10 November 18

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Match Day 12
Cardiff City vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Saturday, November 10th 2018
20:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff City: 
Last five matches form: L L W L L
Average goals per match: 0.82
Average goals against per match: 2.18
Top Scorer: Callum Paterson & Josh Murphy (2)

Brighton & Hove Albion:
Last five matches form: L W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.09
Average goals against per match: 1.45
Top Scorer: Glenn Murray (6)

It's been a sticky start to life back in the Premier League for Cardiff City, with just the one win to show from their eleven games to date. They do sit second bottom as it stands, but are far from the only side to have struggled so far this season, and this is just the type of game they will be looking to pick up three points from if they are to avoid the dreaded drop this season.

No confirmed absentees as yet for Brighton, although both Pascal Groß and Davy Pröpper continue to rate doubtful starters. Cardiff meanwhile must do without the suspended Harry Arter in addition to Kenneth Zohore, Lee Peltier, Jazz Richards, Joe Ralls and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing who are all injured.

Brighton aren't far off being the worst away side in the Premier League over the past couple of seasons, with just the one away win to their name in the past 19. That did come fairly recently against Newcastle, but in truth that was more down to luck than an impressive performance.

The question is whether Cardiff have enough about them to take advantage of The Seagulls away woes, particularly as they are the worse off of the two sides on the injury and suspension front. They did put four past Fulham here in their sole win to date, but that again was more down to an inept display from the away side. Brighton are unlikely to be in such charitable mood and this has the look of a bore draw.

Prediction: Cardiff City 0 - 0 Brighton & Hove Albion


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 -1
Shots:  15 - 5
Shots on target: 8 - 3
Corner Kicks: 4 - 1
Possession: 61% - 39%

Callum Paterson and Gregory Cunningham were booked for the home side in this one. Referee Martin Atkinson also took the name of Yves Bissouma of Brighton as well as showing the straight red to Dale Stephens of the Seagulls in the 34th minute.

It all started so well for Brighton too with the away side finding themselves in front in just the 6th minute. Solly March swinging over a free kick from the left-hand side to find Lewis Dunk arriving at the far post to nod back across the keeper and in.

In a back and forth game, Cardiff got themselves back on level terms in the 28th minute. Good work by Kadeem Harris down the right, getting to the by-line and sending in a cross which was deflected into the path of Callum Paterson to nod into the left-hand side of the goal from close range.

The dismissal of Stephens for a bad foul the tilted the balance firmly in the home sides favour. 1-1 at the break.

Kadeem Harris came mightily close on the 59th minute when sending in a curling effort from range which rattled the cross bar, but as we approached the close of the game it began to look as though Cardiff may have to make do with a point.

Then in the very last minute following a period of concerted pressure, Sol Bamba sent an overhead kick against the post, Callum Paterson smashed the rebound against the crossbar and there was Bamba following in to finish high into the net and send the Cardiff City Stadium into raptures.

This is just the type of result Cardiff City are going to need to replicate over the course of the season if they are to avoid the drop. This win wasn't quite enough to move them out of the bottom three, but they do move level on points with both Crystal Palace and Southampton above the. Brighton are now in 12th spot.

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