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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
14:28 1st December 2016
By  Kieran Cleeves

Sam Baldock

PREVIEW: CARDIFF V ALBION


Brighton & Hove Albion play Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

A minute’s silence will be held prior to the game for the victims of the Chapecoense air disaster.


TEAM NEWS

Albion manager Chris Hughton has no fresh injury concerns for the trip to Cardiff.

Beram Kayal (knee) and Liam Rosenior (ankle) are the only absentees, as they continue their recoveries from injury, with the pair expected to return later this month.

For Cardiff, Lee Peltier will serve a one-game suspension after he received a red card for two bookable offences against Aston Villa.

Full-back Jazz Richards (calf) is closing in on a return from injury, but Saturday’s game is likely to come too soon for the former Fulham man.


FORM

CARDIFF DWLLWL
ALBION WWWWDW

The Seagulls came from behind to extend their unbeaten league run to 12 games with a 2-1 victory against Fulham at the Amex last Saturday, which strengthened their position of second in the Sky Bet Championship.

Second-half goals from Sam Baldock and Glenn Murray cancelled out Kevin McDonald’s early opener, as the Seagulls secured another three points.

A run of four clean-sheet triumphs, which included a hat-trick from Murray in an emphatic 5-0 victory over Norwich City, led into Albion’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on home soil.

Albion began October with a first-ever win against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, before back-to-back 1-0 victories over Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic.

Hughton’s team secured a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bristol City at Ashton Gate in November, with Steve Sidwell’s memorable 50-yard strike opening the scoring, before Jamie Murphy doubled the lead.

The Bluebirds are currently 23rd in the Sky Bet Championship and have lost three of their last four games, but overcame Huddersfield Town with a 3-2 victory after the international break.

Neil Warnock’s team were beaten by Newcastle United and Aston Villa in November, most recently losing 3-1 at Villa Park after striker Rickie Lambert had levelled the scoreline.

A 1-0 home defeat to Wigan ended the month of October, which followed 2-1 victories over Bristol City and Nottingham Forest, and a 2-0 loss to Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION



ALBION 2
Baldock 52
Murray 79


FULHAM 1
McDonald 18

Albion line-up: Stockdale; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert (Skalak 72), Stephens, Sidwell, Murphy; Murray, Baldock (Norwood 84).

Subs not used: Maenpaa (GK), Pocognoli, Goldson, March, Hemed.


LAST TIME OUT: CARDIFF



ASTON VILLA 3
Adomah 24
Kodjia 39
Gestede 90 pen


CARDIFF 1
Lambert 28

Cardiff line-up: Amos; Peltier, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Whittingham, Ralls, Gunnarsson, (Richardson 81); Pilkington (Noone 74), Lambert (Gounongbe 74), Hoilett.

Subs not used: Wilson (GK), Connolly, O’Keefe, Harris.


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Saturday’s game will be the 66th meeting between the two clubs. Cardiff have enjoyed 22 victories over Albion, with the Seagulls winning on the same number of occasions, while a further 21 games have ended in a draw.

Albion have won twice at the Cardiff City Stadium, which opened in 2009, but were beaten 4-1 earlier this year as the Bluebirds inflicted one of Albion’s five defeats last season.

The teams drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture at the Amex, with Dale Stephens scoring the equalising goal after Joe Mason gave the visitors the lead in the fifth minute.

Albion have only tasted defeat once in their last nine league fixtures against the Bluebirds, however the spoils have been shared on six occasions, with three of those games ending 1-1.

The Seagulls secured an impressive 2-0 victory over the eventual Championship winners in 2013, as goals from Andrea Orlandi and Leonardo Ulloa sealed all three points in the Welsh capital.


CLASSIC MATCH




CARDIFF 0

ALBION 2
Orlandi 43
Ulloa 90+4


Albion line-up: Kuszczak; Bruno, El-Abd, Upson, Bridge; Buckley (Forster-Caskey 90), Hammond (Calderon 75), Bridcutt, Lopez, Orlandi (Dicker 70); Ulloa.

Subs not used: Ankergren (GK), Vicente, LuaLua, Barker.

Cardiff line-up: David Marshall; Connolly, Hudson, Turner, Taylor; Smith, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Noone (Conway 53); Bellamy, Campbell (Helguson 84).
 
Subs not used:
Lewis (GK), McNaughton, Kim, Cowie, Mason.

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