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GROSS AND MARCH AVAILABLE FOR SELECTION

15 April 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross and Solly March are both available for selection.

Brighton & Hove Albion play their second home match in the space of four days on Tuesday evening, when Cardiff City visit the Amex Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm.

Albion will aim to end a run of four defeats in a row in all competitions, as the Seagulls face a Cardiff side occupying the final relegation place.

Both teams head into the match on the back of losses, as Albion were beaten 5-0 by AFC Bournemouth and Cardiff City lost 2-0 at Burnley on Saturday.

TEAM NEWS

Anthony Knockaert will serve the first game of a three-match suspension after his sending off against Bournemouth on Saturday, while Pascal Gross and Solly March are both fit and available for the match.

Sol Bamba is a long-term absentee for the Bluebirds with a knee injury, while Alex Smithies (knee), Jazz Richards (hamstring), Matthew Connolly and Callum Paterson (both ankle) are also ruled out.

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FORM

The Seagulls will be looking to arrest a run of four consecutive defeats, after losses to Southampton, Chelsea, Manchester City and Bournemouth respectively.

This sequence of results followed back-to-back wins over Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace, along with the penalty shoot-out win against Millwall in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals.

The Bluebirds head into Tuesday night’s game after three successive losses to Chelsea, Manchester City and Burnley.

That run came after a 2-0 win over West Ham United and a defeat by the same scoreline to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

LAST TIME WE MET

Albion were beaten 2-1 by Cardiff City in this season’s reverse fixture in South Wales.

Lewis Dunk headed Albion in front, after he arrived at the back post to meet Solly March’s free kick with a downward header that beat Neil Etheridge.

That lead was wiped out in the 27th minute through Paterson, after Kadeem Harris’s cross took a deflection off Gaetan Bong and the Bluebirds frontman headed home past Maty Ryan.

The Seagulls were then reduced to ten men after Dale Stephens was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Greg Cunningham.

Bamba scored the decisive second goal in stoppage time following a frantic spell of play inside Albion's penalty area, which saw the ball strike the woodwork twice.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 0

AFC BOURNEMOUTH 5
Gosling 33, Fraser 55, Brooks 74, Wilson 82, Stanislas 90 (+2)

Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Stephens, Propper (Izquierdo 63), Bissouma; Knockaert, Andone (Murray 58), Locadia.

Subs not used: Button (GK), Burn, Bong, Kayal, Jahanbakhsh.

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LAST TIME OUT: CARDIFF

BURNLEY 2

Wood 31, 90 (+2)

CARDIFF 0

Cardiff line-up: Etheridge; Peltier, Morrison, Manga, Bennett; Gunnarsson, Arter (Reid 81); Murphy, Camarasa, Hoilett (Mendez-Laing 73); Zohore (Niasse 78).

Subs not used: Murphy (GK), Bacuna, Ralls, Cunningham.

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PLAYER TO WATCH: VICTOR CAMARASA

The 24-year-old, currently on loan from La Liga side Real Betis, is likely to be one of the Bluebirds’ key attacking threats on Tuesday night.

The Spaniard has scored a number of key goals for Warnock’s side this season, scoring the winner in a surprise 1-0 win away at Leicester City in December, and in their most recent Premier League victory at home to West Ham.

He most recently found the net in a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea, and will also look to cause the Albion defence problems from corners and set-pieces.


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