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


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    Cardiff v Brighton


    Sky Bet Championship

    Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
    Date: Saturday 3rd December 2016
    Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
    Referee: Roger East
    Assistants: Mark Scholes, Mark Pottage
    Fourth official: John Busby



    Cardiff defender Lee Peltier serves a one-match ban following his sending-off in Saturday's 3-1 loss at Aston Villa.

    Jazz Richards (foot) is out, so Matthew Connolly is set to deputise at right-back for the Bluebirds.

    Second-placed Brighton are aiming to extend their unbeaten run to 13 Championship games.

    Winger Kazenga LuaLua is fit after a knee injury, but right-back Liam Rosenior and midfielder Beram Kayal (both ankle) remain sidelined.

    Cardiff, 23rd in the table but one point from safety, have lost three of their past four league matches.

    Defender Bruno Ecoule Manga will be in the squad despite boss Neil Warnock saying he is set to leave the club in January.

    The game will see former Cardiff manager Paul Trollope in the away dug out as assistant to Seagulls boss Chris Houghton, having been replaced by Warnock after just 12 games in charge this season.

    ANALYSIS

    BBC Sussex's Johnny Cantor: Brighton have bad memories from their last trip to Cardiff in February, which manager Chris Hughton described as the worst performance of his tenure.

    However, since that 4-1 defeat the Albion have only lost twice away from home; to Sheffield Wednesday in the play-offs in May and to leaders Newcastle this season.

    Glenn Murray will be looking to turn his home form into away goals - having scored all his 11 goals at the Amex Stadium - but Albion should feel confident as they aim to extend their unbeaten run to 13 games.

    MATCH FACTS

    • Five of the last seven league meetings between these sides has ended level, with Cardiff winning the most recent encounter (4-1 in February 2016), and losing the other.
    • Dale Stephens scored both of Brighton's goals across their two encounters with Cardiff last season.
    • The Bluebirds have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 11 home league matches (W4 D2 L5).
    • Cardiff defender Sean Morrison has scored one and assisted one of the Bluebirds' last four Championship goals.
    • Brighton have kept the most clean sheets in the Championship this season (11).
    • Glenn Murray has committed the most fouls of any player in the second tier this season (45).


    The Big Match Preview: Spotlight on Cardiff City

    ● A 21-year-old man from Shoreham was arrested at the Amex stadium on suspicion of throwing a pie at Wilfried Zaha ●

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