Cardiff City v Brighton & Hove Albion Betting Tips & Predictions – Saturday 10th November 2018

Strong relegation candidates Cardiff City have found life tough in the upper echelons of English football. Only goal difference is stopping them from lying at the foot of the table but the situation is far from dire just yet. A win for the Bluebirds in Saturday’s early-kick off could see them move up to 15th place, giving them some renewed hope of beating the drop.

Brighton began the season as contenders for the drop themselves but their odds have since increased to 12/1 following a positive start to the campaign. Their 14-point haul from the first 11 matches puts them on course to comfortably exceed the magic 40-point mark. Able to focus on looking up the table rather than down it, the Seagulls will be eyeing up a push into the top half, something they can achieve this weekend.

Top Tips

Brighton to win @ 2/1

Under 2.5 goals @ 8/15

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Cardiff City News: One suspension over, another begins

Cardiff City Stadium

Joe Ralls has now served the three-match suspension handed to him for a reckless challenge on Tottenham’s Lucas Moura. Cardiff did lodge an appeal in an attempt to get the red card overturned but it had little chance of success given how high up Ralls caught the Brazilian. His return is a timely one as Neil Warnock would otherwise be without two first choice central midfielders due to Harry Arter’s recently acquired suspension. The Irishman collected his fifth yellow card of the season during last week’s loss to Leicester and must serve a one game suspension as a result.

Brighton News: Ryan’s fine form recognised

Brighton Player Talking Corner Kick
James Boyes, flickr

Brighton didn’t concede a single goal during their three games last month. Never before have they enjoyed three consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League and they owe a lot to goalkeeper Matthew Ryan for making the run possible. The Australian had to be at his very best to deny Wolves scoring during the Seagulls’ last home game. His reaction save to deny Ryan Bennet in injury-time being the standout moment of a fine performance. His showings in October have not gone unnoticed as he was voted PFA fans’ Player of the Month, edging out the likes of Anthony Martial and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Murray opens up about horrific head clash

Brighton were forced to spend much of their time in Newcastle on the 20th October without the services of Glenn Murray. The 35-year-old was stretchered off early on with an oxygen mask after a stomach churning coming together with Federico Fernandez. He recently revealed that he remembers nothing of the challenge itself or the eight minutes of on-pitch treatment but added that it’s probably a good thing. There’s always a danger a player may be shaken up after such an incident but the striker seemed his usual self on his return, grabbing his sixth goal of the campaign against Wolves.

Analysis: No celebrations for Warnock on 100th game in charge

Neil Warnock will reach the 100 game mark for Cardiff on Saturday, a feat he has reached at four clubs previously. The occasion may not be a particularly joyous one though as Cardiff have so far struggled in the Premier League. Their only victory to date has come against fellow promoted side Fulham who lie rock bottom of the table. As much as Warnock would love a home victory to mark his 100th Cardiff appearance, his side’s lack of form may be what denies him one.

Effort not enough for limited Cardiff side

It tells a lot about Cardiff that the only side they have beaten in the league is a side who were playing Championship football last season. A win against Fulham and two draws against struggling Huddersfield and Newcastle is not the sort of record that will offer hope to Bluebirds fans. They can expect to collect some more points against the teams around them but less so against clubs higher up the table. Brighton are one of those teams after collecting nine points from the last possible 12. Having ended a lengthy patch without an away win in the process, the Seagulls should have the beating of a dedicated but ultimately inferior Cardiff side (2/1).

Warnock lacking a quality striker

Neil Warnock has no shortage of strikers in his side but none has looked to possess the quality necessary to thrive in the Premier League quality. Kenneth Zohore has looked off the pace whenever featuring while Junior Hoillett hasn’t scored in his last 46 Premier League appearances. Gary Madine belongs in the Championship, and the same can probably be said about Danny Ward. Brighton will bring a little more attacking threat to the match but with their last three victories all being by 1-0 scorelines, don’t expect them to tear the Bluebirds apart. We’re all set for a low scoring match in the Cardiff City Stadium with under 2.5 goals well worth backing despite the fairly short odds of 8/15

Recent Matches

The overall record between these two teams could not be any closer. From 67 matches played, Cardiff have won 22, Brighton 23 and the remaining 22 ending as a draw. In recent years it’s often been a low scoring contest with seven of the last eight fixtures seeing under 2.5 goals. The trend appears likely to continue in what may not be a thrilling match for the neutrals.

24th January 2017: Brighton & Hove Albion 1 – 0 Cardiff City

Despite being separated by 14 places in the league, Cardiff were the better side during the first half at the Amex Stadium. Several times they tested Seagulls keeper David Stockdale but the momentum turned completely after the interval. In the second half the home side found their rhythm, pressing hard for the game’s opening goal. It eventually came in the 73rd minute when Tomer Hemed smashed home after being found by Olivier Norwood.

3rd December 2016: Cardiff City 0 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Second place Brighton were held to a point by lowly Cardiff during a drab affair in Wales. There was little to separate the sides in a contest lacking in clear-cut opportunities. Shane Duffy was Cardiff’s fourth highest goalscorer coming into the match having scored two own goals for them as a Blackburn player. Now at Brighton, he almost handed his new club all three points by setting up Glenn Murray to score but the goal was pulled-up for a foul in the build-up.

20th February 2016: Cardiff City 4 – 1 Brighton & Hove Albion

These two sides hadn’t produced this many goals in one game since a 5-3 thriller back in 1994. Three of the strikes came within the opening half an hour as Cardiff stormed to an early and emphatic lead. The contest was essentially over by this point as Brighton never looked like mounting a comeback, even after Dale Stephens pulled one back. The defeat dented the Seagulls’ automatic promotion hopes and they ended up missing out on a top two finish on goal difference.

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