Brighton vs Cardiff City
Date: Friday, 30th December, 2016
Kick-off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Falmer Stadium, Brighton.
Brighton earned a vital win in their quest for Premier League football as they edge past Newcastle by a solitary goal on the Boxing Day. This helped them move to the top of the league table for the first time this season by overthrowing Newcastle.
It is fair enough to say that no one else deserve this position other than Brighton as they are the only undefeated team in the league since September 2016. Their current streak has now stretched to 17 league games with the last 5 being wins.
Cardiff City are one of the teams threatened by relegation as they are just 4 points outside the relegation zone. They held Brentford to a draw away from home on Boxing Day, avoid defeat for the fourth time in five matches. However, they managed only 1 win during the period and 3 of those are draws. While playing on the road, Cardiff has managed to win just twice from their 11 matches so far this season and are currently coming on the back of a 4 match win-less run.
Brighton vs Cardiff City: Head-to-head stats
The first meeting between the two sides this season was a goal-less draw at the Cardiff City stadium. This extended Cardiff’s unbeaten run against Brighton to 5 games. But they have won only once, with 4 matches during the period being stalemates.
The win that came at the end of last season at Cardiff is their only win against Brighton in 11 games in all competitions. Again, 8 matches during the period are draws, with Brighton winning 2 matches.
Also the last 4 home matches of Brighton against Cardiff are draws. Moreover, Brighton are looking for their first home win against Cardiff in 6 matches.
Brighton vs Cardiff City: Prediction
Brighton are the most consistent side in the Championship at the moment. However, they need to break the jinx against Cardiff. We have already seen a goal-less draw when the teams met a few weeks earlier. The bookies have priced a Brighton win at 1.60 odds, and we believe it is a risk worth taking.
At the same time, brave punters can back a scored draw for this match, which is priced at the odds of 4.50. As far as I am concerned, I will go with a correct score prediction of 1-1 for this match.
Brighton vs Cardiff City: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score and Draw at 9/2 (4.50).