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PREVIEW: JAHANBAKHSH LIKELY TO MISS CARDIFF TRIP

8 November 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Brighton & Hove Albion play their final game before November’s international break when they take on Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 12.30pm, live on Sky Sports.

The Seagulls will go in search of their fifth Premier League victory this season, while the Bluebirds look to escape from the relegation zone after taking just five points from their opening 11 matches.

Chris Hughton’s team strung together three consecutive victories to climb the league table, but defeat to Everton last weekend ended the run and put Albion in 12th position ahead of this weekend’s fixture.

Saturday’s Welsh opponents claimed their first win of the campaign towards the end of October, but consecutive defeats to Liverpool and Leicester City have followed.

TEAM NEWS:

Hughton confirmed that Alireza Jahanbakhsh picked up a slight strain against Everton last weekend and is likely to miss Saturday's trip to Wales.

Pascal Gross and Davy Propper remain sidelined for the Seagulls, while David Button is also expected to miss out through injury.

The hosts have a few injuries to consider ahead of the match — Jazz Richards (knock), Kenneth Zohore (calf), Lee Peltier (shoulder) and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (knee) all remain sidelined.

Joe Ralls (knee) has returned to training this week, but the midfielder is a doubt for Albion's visit.



LAST TIME WE MET:

The Bluebirds arrived at the Amex Stadium in February 2017 to take on Hughton’s top-of-the-table side, following the postponement of the originally scheduled meeting in December due to fog.

Albion had to remain patient against a stubborn Cardiff side, who had previously held them to a goalless draw in Wales, but Tomer Hemed produced a moment of quality to win the game.

Oliver Norwood played a neat pass into the forward, who proceeded to turn his marker with a clever turn and fire a powerful effort beyond Allan McGregor to seal three points.




FORM:

The Seagulls finished October as the only Premier League team to win all of their matches during the month, while also keeping clean sheets in each of their hard-fought 1-0 victories.

West Ham United were the first team to visit the Amex, and Glenn Murray fired home from close range to secure maximum points, before Beram Kayal’s winning goal at Newcastle United followed.

Murray then clinched his record-breaking 100th goal for the club against Wolverhampton Wanderers, but the winning streak ended with a 3-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park last weekend.

The Bluebirds secured their first win of the season during October, but it came between defeats to Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool away from home.

A narrow 1-0 defeat at Wembley Stadium came before their 4-2 victory against fellow Premier League newcomers Fulham — but an emphatic 4-1 loss at Anfield rounded off the month.

An emotionally charged 1-0 defeat to Leicester City followed, as both clubs paid their respects to the late Foxes chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash last month.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

EVERTON 3
Richarlison 26,77
Coleman 50

ALBION 1
Dunk 33

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Jahanbakhsh, Stephens, Kayal (Andone 78), Izquierdo (Knockaert 63); March (Bissouma 70); Murray.

Subs not used: Steele (GK), Bernardo, Balogun, Locadia.




LAST TIME OUT: CARDIFF CITY

CARDIFF CITY 0

LEICESTER CITY 1
Gray 55

Cardiff City line-up: Etheridge; Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Camarasa, Gunnarsson, Arter (Ward 79), Murphy (Madine 85); Reid (Hoilett 65); Paterson.

Subs not used: Smithies (GK), Damour, Cunningham, Harris.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Calum Paterson

After signing from Hearts at the beginning of the 2017/18 season, the utility player came back from a knee injury to make 32 league appearances for the Bluebirds and help the club seal promotion.

Predominantly playing in central midfield, Paterson found the back of the net ten times throughout the season, including a run of scoring in four consecutive matches during March.

The 24-year-old began this season in central midfield, but after struggling for goals, Neil Warnock has moved Paterson into a centre-forward role and it’s already proven beneficial for the team.

Paterson fired home in games against Fulham and Liverpool, and the converted striker will be keen to add further goals to his tally on Saturday afternoon.

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Match Reports

REPORT: CARDIFF CITY 2 ALBION 1

10 November 2018

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Paul Hazlewood
Anthony Knockaert in action against Cardiff City.
Ten-man Brighton & Hove Albion were cruelly denied a point in the closing stages at the Cardiff City Stadium, as the hosts struck late to claim a 2-1 victory this afternoon.

Lewis Dunk headed the Seagulls into an early lead before Calum Paterson's close-range header levelled the contest, but a controversial red card for Dale Stephens before the break gave the Bluebirds a one-man advantage.

Albion frustrated their opponents for most of the second period, but Sol Bamba's goal after some desperate defending snatched all three points in the Welsh capital.
 
Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that lost 3-1 away at Everton the previous week, with Martin Montoya and Anthony Knockaert replacing Bruno and the injured Alireza Jahanbakhsh respectively.
 
Meanwhile, Viktor Gyokeres took his place on the bench for the first time in a Premier League game for the Seagulls.
 
With Remembrance Sunday taking place tomorrow, a minute’s silence was impeccably observed before kick-off to honour those servicemen and women who had fallen.
 
Albion got off to the perfect start with just seven minutes played courtesy of Dunk, who arrived at the back post to meet Solly March’s free kick with a downward header that beat Neil Etheridge.
 
City raced forward down the other end and had a chance to level the scores when Stephens brought down Josh Murphy on the edge of the area, but Victor Camarasa’s subsequent set-piece drifted harmlessly over the target.
 
The Seagulls almost doubled their advantage when Jose Izquierdo and Knockaert linked up well to tee up March, but his left-footed effort went wide.
 
Montoya was harshly judged to have fouled Kadeem Harris on the left, and Camarasa’s resulting free kick was cleared thanks to combined efforts from Shane Duffy and Glenn Murray.
 
Murray was involved at the attacking end of the pitch moments later following some good persistence by Gaetan Bong down the left, but the Seagulls frontman’s deflected strike was gathered by Etheridge.
 
Albion’s lead was wiped out with 27 minutes gone when Harris raced into the box, saw his cross take a fortuitous deflection off Bong, and Paterson was there to head in an equaliser.
 
Joe Ralls had a chance to turn the game on its head with a speculative left-footed volley from the edge of the box, but Maty Ryan was equal to it.
 
But Albion were reduced to ten men when Stephens was harshly shown a straight red card for a challenge on Greg Cunnigham, and City goalscorer Paterson was booked in the melee that followed.
 
The one-man disadvantage forced Hughton into a change, with Yves Bissouma introduced in place of March with five minutes of the first half remaining.
 
Ralls and Josh Murphy both had efforts from distances shortly before the break, only to see their shots go wide.
 
After a relatively quiet start to the second half, Harris almost gave Cardiff the lead in emphatic fashion, only to see his left-footed strike cannon off the crossbar, before Murphy blazed his follow-up strike over the bar.
 
The game became a rather scrappy affair with chances few and far between for either side, as Izquierdo blazed his shot over from distance.
 
The Colombian came much closer with his next opportunity, and after being teed up by Bissouma, the winger drove into a central position and saw his looping strike tipped over the bar by Etheridge.
 
Camarasa had an opportunity to steal the three points late on for Cardiff with a dipping effort, but Ryan adjusted his body to make a comfortable save.

But moments before five minutes of stoppage time were announced, Bamba fired a loose ball into the back of the net following a frantic spell of play inside Albion's penalty area which saw the ball strike the woodwork twice.

Albion were unable to find a reply of their own and Bamba's dramatic strike sealed the points.

ALBION: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, Izquierdo; March (Bissouma 39); Murray (Andone 63).
 
SUBS NOT USED: Steele (GK), Bruno, Balogun, Bernardo, Gyokeres.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION AHEAD OF CARDIFF MATCH

9 November 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Cardiff City Stadium.
Brighton & Hove Albion fans heading to the Premier League match against Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, are being encouraged to read their useful fan guide ahead of the trip.
 
Cardiff City’s away fan guide details the best ways to get to the ground, a stadium map, as well as ticket and security information.
 
Click here to read the guide, and any Albion fans who have questions ahead of their trip to South Wales should email awayfan@cardiffcity.co.uk.

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