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    Brighton & Hove Albion vs Cardiff City *** Official Match Thread ***


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    Brighton v Cardiff


    Sky Bet Championship

    Venue: The American Express Community Stadium
    Date: Tuesday 24th January 2017
    Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
    Referee: Chris Kavanagh
    Assistants: John Flynn, Matt Foley
    Fourth official: Darren Deadman



    Brighton will assess captain Bruno (groin) and striker Sam Baldock (calf), who both missed Friday's 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

    Leading scorer Glenn Murray is banned after his red card in that game and defender Gaetan Bong (knee) is out.

    Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has no new injury worries as he targets a fourth consecutive league win.

    Defender Bruno Ecuele Manga is expected back this week from the Africa Cup of Nations after Gabon were eliminated.

    Victory would take Brighton to the top of the Championship table.

    The match has been rearranged after the scheduled meeting on 30 December was postponed because of fog.

    Brighton boss Chris Hughton told BBC Sussex:

    "In my time here we haven't had a comfortable game against Cardiff.

    "You know what to expect with a Neil Warnock side - a team fighting to get a result. They will be in confident form.

    "But we would like to capitalise on the fact we are at home, on the back of a really good home victory on Friday."

    MATCH FACTS

    • Five of the last six league meetings between these two teams in Brighton have ended level, with Cardiff winning the other.
    • Cardiff haven't lost a league game away at Brighton since January 2002, when Bobby Zamora netted the winner for the Seagulls.
    • The Seagulls have lost just one of their last 20 league games, winning 15 and drawing four.
    • The Bluebirds have won their last three league games - they've not won four on the bounce since January 2013.
    • No side has kept more clean sheets than Brighton in the Championship this season (14, level with Derby).
    • Eight of Cardiff's last 11 league goals have come in the final 20 minutes of play. The other three have come in the opening 25.


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      I don't know why but I can REALLY see a SLEEPY performance from us tonight. Hope I'm wrong.
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      I don't know why but I can REALLY see a SLEEPY performance from us tonight. Hope I'm wrong.
      With luck King Kayal will freshen up the midfield and won't let that happen.
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      No Neil Warnock side will make it easy, i expect it to be tight but am fully expecting us to win.
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      It's going to be tight. 4-0.
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      I don't know why but I can REALLY see a SLEEPY performance from us tonight. Hope I'm wrong.
      I think I know why.

      Friday night was such a massive high, it still feels like it was only a few hours ago.
      Now on the come down from that I'm thinking 'trap game', there's no way it can live up to just a few hours ago.
      Warnock will be all Warnocky, I might just give it a miss.

      The flip side is no home games after this until 11.02. by which time we will all be climbing the walls.
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      I think I know why.

      Friday night was such a massive high, it still feels like it was only a few hours ago.
      Now on the come down from that I'm thinking 'trap game', there's no way it can live up to just a few hours ago.
      Warnock will be all Warnocky, I might just give it a miss.

      The flip side is no home games after this until 11.02. by which time we will all be climbing the walls.
      Despite it only being a few days ago, I've been climbing the walls in impatience for this, the next home game. Don't expect an easy game though...they will make it a very tough game for us, I'm sure. Would be good to see our new defender play at least some of the game but not at the expense of Pog as he's been great recently...quite an asset to have (albeit temporarily).
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      better teams than Cardiff have come down here on good form (Barnsley, Leeds etc) and we have had no problem turning them over... don't think its unreasonable to be fully expecting a home win
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      The flip side is no home games after this until 11.02. by which time we will all be climbing the walls.
      By which time also, if we win tonight, we are guaranteed to still be in the top two

      I genuinely believe tonight is MASSIVE. An 11 point gap to 3rd would be incredible at this stage of the season.
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      By which time also, if we win tonight, we are guaranteed to still be in the top two

      I genuinely believe tonight is MASSIVE. An 11 point gap to 3rd would be incredible at this stage of the season.
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