Brighton vs Cardiff Preview (A): Seagulls Looking To Get Back To Winning Ways Against Bluebirds

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Brighton travel to Cardiff in the early kick off on Saturday, looking to get back to winning ways.

The Seagulls suffered their first defeat in four games last time out, after being beaten by Everton, 3-1.

Cardiff also tasted defeat at home last weekend against Leicester City in what was a highly emotional match for the Foxes, who were remembering their owner,  Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who tragically died along with four others in a tragic helicopter crash following the draw against West Ham United at the King Power stadium a couple of weeks ago.

Team News

Brighton are without Pascal Gross, Davy Propper, Martin Montoya, David Button and Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who are all still sidelined with injuries that have kept them out for the last few weeks, bar Jahanbakhsh who picked up a hamstring injury in the defeat at Everton.

This means that Brighton will probably lineup as follows: Ryan, Bruno(C), Duffy, Dunk, Bong,Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, Izquierdo, March and Murray.

Albion’s host’s, Cardiff, will be without Harry Arter, who is serving a one-match ban for picking up five bookings this season. Cardiff are also without Jazz Richards, who misses out due to a hamstring injury and Kenneth Zohore also remains sidelined with a calf problem.

This means Cardiff will probably lineup as follows: Etheridge; Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Gunnarsson, Ralls; Camarasa, Reid, Murphy and Paterson.

Murray Will Be Key To How Brighton Perform

One player Cardiff will have to keep an eye on is Glenn Murray. The 35-year-old striker has six goals to his name this season and only Eden Hazard and Pierre- Emerick- Aubameyang have scored more goals than him.

Murray also has three goals in his last five games, of which all three of the goals he scored in those games were winners.

If you take away Murray’s goals, Brighton would have at least three less wins to their names.

Murphy And Reid Will Be Hoping To Impress Again

Both Josh Murphy and Bobby Reid will be hoping to impress again this season.

Reid and Murphy have been terrific since both signing in the summer from Bristol City and Norwich City respectively.

Murphy already has two goals to his name this season, while Reid has one too, meaning that the pair have scored a third of the goals that Cardiff have scored in the Premier League so far this campaign.

Score Prediction

Saturday’s game is going to be a tight one, but I feel the Seagulls will have too much for Cardiff and that’s why I’m going for a 3-1 win for Brighton.

 

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