Cardiff City will be looking to put last weekend’s defeat behind them as they moved back into the bottom three when they host Brighton in the Welsh Capital today.
The Bluebirds suffered a 1-0 loss last weekend to Leicester City in what was an emotional game following the passing of highly thought of chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
The hosts initially started well but faded in the second-half and Demarai Gray’s strike was the difference between the two sides.
It now makes today’s game an even bigger game for Neil Warnock’s men after Newcastle United escaped the bottom three following a shock 1-0 home victory over Watford at St. James’ Park.
They face-off against a well-organised Brighton side, who currently sit 12th in the Premier League table. And despite losing 3-1 to Everton at Goodison Park last weekend, the Seagulls are in impressive form, having won all three of their fixtures prior to that.
Those wins came against Wolves, Newcastle United and West Ham United, respectively – they won all three of their games by 1-0, showing that they can grind out results.
This will be a tricky challenge for the Bluebirds, especially considering how defensively resolute the Seagulls are, but it is vital they pick up three points this afternoon, especially after suffering defeat to Leicester City last time out at the Cardiff City Stadium.
If they’re to pick up against maximum points today they will need to keep the Seagulls key players quiet, however. Glenn Murray has once again shown what a poacher he is this season – scoring some crucial goals for Brighton.
The experienced 35-year-old forward has already bagged six goals in 11 appearances so far this term.
They will also have to keep a close eye on Anthony Knockaert, who has also had a fine start to the campaign for the Seagulls – the Frenchman is their main source of creativity and has scored once and assisted three times in 10 appearances so far for the East Sussex outfit.
The Bluebirds have a poor record when facing off against the Seagulls and have won just one game in their previous 10 games against Brighton.
The last time they won this fixture was in the Championship, in 2016, as they cruised to a 4-1 victory in the Welsh Capital courtesy of a Peter Whittingham brace, supplemented with goals from Lex Immers and Anthony Pilkington.
Neil Warnock has never previously beaten a side managed by Chris Hughton – losing four and drawing one, and they could desperately do with that record changing come this afternoon as they seek just their second Premier League victory of the season.