Brighton & Hove Albion head to the Cardiff City Stadium tonight looking to secure a third consecutive victory in the Welsh capital.
Albion have scored five goals and conceded just one in their two meetings at the Bluebirds’ new home to date.
Those two wins have seen the Seagulls overtake Cardiff in the overall head-to-head record, with 22 wins opposed to 21 for the Bluebirds, while 19 games have ended all square.
The two teams have a long history with each other dating back to their first-ever meeting in January 1921, when the clubs played out a goalless draw in an FA Cup second round tie before Cardiff won the replay 1-0.
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Here are three memorable meetings between the two sides:
20th February 2013
Cardiff 0-2 Albion
Goals from Andrea Orlandi and Leo Ulloa gave Albion an impressive 2-0 victory over the league leaders. Orlandi fired home the opening goal two minutes before the interval, before Ulloa added a second goal in stoppage time to inflict only a second home defeat of the season for the Bluebirds. The Welsh side had a number of opportunities to break the deadlock prior to Orlandi’s opener, as in-form striker Frazier Campbell shot over the crossbar from Craig Bellamy’s pass. Albion keeper Tomasz Kuszczak then had to be alert to save a low strike from former Seagulls winger Craig Noone, before making a superb save to deny Peter Whittingham from distance. The Polish international was called into action again after denying two efforts from Bellamy. But the Seagulls punished the hosts’ wastefulness in front goal, when David Lopez made a surging run down the right-hand side and set up Orlandi, who fired the ball past David Marshall to break the deadlock. The Bluebirds laid siege on the Albion goal during the second half in search of an equaliser, as Campbell fired over from Matthew Connolly’s pass and Aron Gunnarsson’s header cannoned off the post. Despite all their pressure, it was Gus Poyet’s side that struck again thanks to Ulloa, who netted his first league goal for the club deep into stoppage time.
17th August 2011
Cardiff 1-3 Albion
Albion secured a third consecutive victory at the start of the 2011/12 season with an impressive 3-1 victory over the Bluebirds. The Seagulls moved up to second in the table following the result, as a brace from Ashley Barnes and a strike from Will Hoskins secured all three points in South Wales. The Seagulls had chances to take the lead inside the opening six minutes; Inigo Calderon drilled in a low cross from the right-hand side towards Craig Mackail-Smith, but the forward blasted an effort straight at David Marshall before Barnes had an effort ruled out for offside. Barnes broke the deadlock in Albion’s favour after 39 minutes, when he latched onto a loose ball and fired an effort past keeper Marshall into the bottom left-hand corner. The striker was on hand to double the visitors’ advantage in the 63rd minute, after Mark Hudson fouled Mackail-Smith inside the box. Barnes successfully converted the spot-kick to put Albion 2-0 up. The victory was secured with three minutes of normal time remaining when Hoskins tapped the ball home from close range from Mackail-Smith’s pass. Peter Whittingham did manage to net a consolation goal from the penalty spot following Liam Bridcutt’s foul on Kenny Miller, but Albion secured a resounding win.
Division Two (South)
8th September 1984
Cardiff 2-4 Albion
Albion’s fine start to the season continued with a third win from four games, which moved them into fourth place in the old Second Division table. The Seagulls were 2-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Frank Worthington and Terry Connor, before going on to win the match 4-2 with further strikes from Steve Penney and Gary Howlett. After falling away in the autumn, Albion finished strongly and went into the last game of the season with an outside chance of promotion, but they finished sixth. Cardiff were relegated.