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Sky Bet Championship: Brighton vs Cardiff City

Sports Editor in Soccer 24 Jan 2017
Anthony Knockaert of Brighton (R) (credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Brighton play host to Cardiff City tonight in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Seagulls left it late to pull off a 2-1 win over promotion rivals Sheffield Wednesday last Friday, only to be knocked back off the summit by Newcastle United the following day.

Brighton remain eight points clear of third-placed Huddersfield and are now odds-on to reach the top flight 12 months after missing out on the final day of the season.



Their commanding position is largely down to their formidable home form, having lost just once in the league at The Amex Stadium this season and one of their last 20 Championship fixtures in total. 

Chris Hughton's side have lost four games fewer than any other team in the division and also hold the best defensive record, having conceded just 17 goals in 25 games.

They will, however, be braced for a tricky test from a rejuvenated Cardiff side who enter the clash on the back of three consecutive league victories under Neil Warnock.

Kadeem Harris of Cardiff City (R) celebrates with team-mates (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
The Bluebirds have steered themselves clear of the relegation zone and will now be looking in an upwards direction with the aim of mounting a late play-off push.

The Welsh visitors have come away from The Amex with a share of the spoils in their last four visits and will be out to frustrate the high-fliers once again in this re-arranged fixture.

Brighton are set to be without top marksman Glenn Murray after he was sent off in the win over Sheffield Wednesday, while Gaetan Bong is sidelined and Bruno and Sam Baldock face late fitness tests.

Cardiff have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip, with Warnock poised to name an unchanged side which includes the likes of Kenneth Zohore, Junior Hoilett and Sol Bamba.
 
Cardiff know they have it all to do if they are to halt Brighton's rampant home record, and despite the resurgent form of the visitors, it's difficult to see past another three points for the title chasers.

Brighton have scored at least two goals in their last four home matches and are well-fancied to do so again here, with Anthony Knockaert the value bet to follow up from his brace last time out.

The match kicks off at 19:45 GMT and will be available to watch and bet on live online at bet365 > Live Streaming Soccer for readers outside of the United Kingdom.


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