Brighton vs Cardiff City
English League Championship
Date: Tuesday, 24th January 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Falmer Stadium, Brighton.
Brighton were quick to bounce back with a win after suffering their first defeat in 19 league matches against Preston a week ago. It was a tough battle at the Falmer Stadium this Friday, but a pair of goals from Anthony Knockaert proved decisive to see-off Sheffield Wednesday by a 2-1 margin. With the win, Brighton maintain the pressure on Newcastle United who are just a point above them at the top of the league table.
Cardiff defeated Burton Albion 1-0 at home to earn their first back-to-back win of the season. The team that struggled at the start of the campaign are in some fine form lately. They picked 3 wins from the last four. They sit 16th in the league standings taking themselves 8 points above the relegation zone.
Brighton vs Cardiff City: Head-to-head stats
The last 9 matches between the two sides registered 6 draws, with Brighton winning in 2 as against Cardiff’s 1. Also, Cardiff were successful in recent meetings as they picked the lone win along with 4 draws from the last 5.
The reverse fixture of the current season at Cardiff was a goal-less draw. Again, Brighton are without a win in their last 6 home matches against Cardiff with 5 of them being draws.
Brighton vs Cardiff City: Prediction
There is no doubt that Brighton are the most consistent side in the Championship at the moment. And they deserve to sit at the top of the table ahead of Newcastle and this can be achieved by winning against Cardiff. The home side will be going into this match as bookie’s favorite, but we believe the three points against Cardiff won’t be an easy picking here.
But Cardiff have found the form lately and looks in good touch. The head-to-head also indicated that this match has a higher chance of ending in a draw. Under similar circumstances, Brighton have failed to score and share the spoils when the teams met for the first leg clash on December. The visitors could avoid a defeat here, could possible mount one of the biggest upset of the season.
Brighton vs Cardiff City: Bet Tips
Double Chance – Draw or Cardiff at 2.25 (5/4)
Both Teams to Score at 2.15 (8/7).