Amex Stadium - Premier League
Tuesday night’s bonus fixture throws up a relegation decider between Brighton and Cardiff City, the Premier League’s 17th and 18th-placed teams. The home side have a five-point advantage over the Bluebirds coming into this massive match, as well as a game in hand.
Three of the last four meetings between the teams have seen home wins, including Cardiff’s 2-1 triumph over Brighton earlier this season. Before that run of games, there were three straight draws, while Cardiff last beat Brighton away in 2005 - only losing once on their five trips to the south coast since.
There’s no Anthony Knockaert for the hosts following his wild lunge at the weekend that saw him receive a straight red card. Pascal Gross and Solomon March are both injury doubts, while reserve goalkeeper Jason Steele is also out of action.
Cardiff have had a nightmare with injuries in recent weeks, losing influential duo Sol Bamba and Callum Paterson for the rest of the season. Both of those players scored in this season’s first game against Brighton, while Matthew Connolly, Jazz Richards and Alex Smithies are all fitness concerns too.
Brighton v Cardiff City Preview and Predictions
Time’s running out for Cardiff, and another defeat on Tuesday night surely spells the end of their brief stay in the top flight. The Bluebirds would be eight points from safety with just four games to play, while Brighton and Southampton will also have a game in hand.
The Seagulls come into this game on the back of a shocking performance at the weekend though. They were spanked 5-0 at home by Bournemouth, who’ve been on a poor run themselves of late. They’re looking for immediate redemption, as they aim to improve a record that’s seen them claim just eight points since the turn of the year.
Only relegated duo Fulham and Huddersfield have fewer points in 2019, although Cardiff are still trailing their hosts in the table. The Bluebirds lost 2-0 at Burnley on Saturday, having seen two strong penalty shouts turned down by the officials.
Neil Warnock’s side have suffered numerous setbacks this season, and their Premier League status now depends on whether the Cardiff manager can inspire a big performance from his players here. If you think he can, the visitors are 7/2 for the win. Brighton are the 21/20 favourites though, with the draw priced at 23/10.
Brighton to win and over 2.5 goals at 27/10
Cardiff will throw everything at this game so they could find themselves on the scoresheet. Brighton should have enough to get the job done though, despite their poor form.
Glenn Murray to score first at 15/4
The veteran striker’s already scored some important goals this season, and Brighton need their talisman to come up with another one on Tuesday night.