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.
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.
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
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
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.