Brighton & Hove Albion host Cardiff City this Tuesday at the Amex in the 62nd meeting between the two sides.
In the previous 61 encounters the Seagulls have gained a slight edge in the overall head-to-head record, with 22 victories to Cardiff’s 21, with the teams inseparable in 18 draws.
The most recent meeting at the Amex resulted in a goalless draw in what would prove to be a point towards both sides’ promotion hunt. It was the Bluebirds though that reached the Premier League, finsihing top of the Championship, while Albion fell agonisingly short at the play-off semi-final stage.
Cardiff’s last victory on the south-coast came in October 2006 thanks to Alan Lee’s 74th minute goal, but in recent times it is the Seagulls who have enjoyed the better of the fixture and are unbeaten in the last four meetings.
Brighton 2-2 Cardiff
7th March 2012
A late equaliser from Sam Vokes was enough for Brighton & Hove Albion to maintain their unbeaten start to the season, as the Seagulls twice came from behind to claim a point at the Amex. Joe Mason opened the scoring just before the hour mark after slotting the ball in from close range. Ashley Barnes levelled for Albion after prodding home Craig Noone’s cross, but it took just 90 minutes for the South Wales side to regain the lead when Peter Whittingham’s strike from distance flew past Peter Brezovan. Vokes, on loan from Wolves, rescued a point in the 89th minute with another finish from inside the box to give Gus Poyet’s side a deserved share of the spoils.
Brighton 1-0 Cardiff
Football League Division Two
31st January 2002
Brighton & Hove Albion edged out the Bluebirds and moved up to second place in Division Two thanks to Bobby Zamora’s 14th minute penalty. Zamora successfully dispatched the spot-kick after Nathan Jones was fouled by Rhys Weston. Daniel Webb could have doubled Albion’s lead just before half-time, but fired his shot over the crossbar. The Seagulls ended the game with a one man advantage as Leo Fortune-West was sent off for two bookable offences in stoppage time. Albion would go on to overtake Reading at the top and claim the Division Two title.
Brighton 4-0 Cardiff
Second Division (Old)
29th October 1977
Cardiff City suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat at the Goldstone Ground in 1977, thanks to goals from Ian Mellor and Peter Ward plus a brace from Peter O’Sullivan. The first win in five matches moved Alan Mullery’s team back into the promotion places in the Second Division, and sent 22,704 fans home happy. Albion finished the season in fourth place and only lost out on promotion to Spurs on goal difference.