Brighton vs Cardiff / Premier League – Late match of the 31st round and very important for both teams. It is already known which two teams leave the Premier League but search for the third one is still ongoing. Cardiff is the first below the red line and Brighton is the first above it. Point difference between the two teams is five points, where Brighton played one match fewer, which is why if it wins it practically resolves its situation. Cardiff won by 2-1 their match played in the first part of season.
Brighton vs Cardiff begins 16.04.2019 at 20:45 CET
Brighton is in bad shape and has five-game winless streak but two of those matches belong to the FA Cup. They eliminated Millwall after penalty shootout, and they were defeated four times after the match, including three times in the Premier League. Manchester City won them by 1-0 in the semi-finals of the FA Cup when Brighton put up a solid resistance. In the league they suffered an unpleasant defeat by Southampton, their direct competitor in the survival race, than expectedly lost to Chelsea, while in the previous round they experienced a true debacle at home against Bournemouth 5-0. This will be easily the key match of the season in which Jahanbakhsh replaces suspended Knockaert.
Probable lineups Brighton: Ryan – Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bernardo – Bissouma, Propper, Stephens – Jahanbakhsh, Andone, Locadia
Cardiff’s situation is very difficult and it can be said that hope stays alive only if they win the match, while defeat means relegation to the Football League Championship. Cardiff won just once in previous seven rounds, against West Ham at home, while before and after the triumph it lost by three times. They had to difficult matches with Chelsea and Manchester City when no one expected to pull a point but match with Burnley in the previous round was a good chance for something like that. They failed and lost 2-0. Forward Niasse could join the starting line-up now.
Probable lineups Cardiff: Etheridge – Peltier, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, J.Bennett – Gunnarsson, Arter – Murphy, Camarasa, Hoilett – Niasse
Brighton vs Cardiff PICK
Survival race could easily get resolved in this match and we believe it will be the case. Brighton has five points more than Cardiff and if the home team wins the guests practically have no more chance. Brighton has better team and will enjoy the home-field advantage, which should be enough.
Pick: Brighton wins
Odds: 2.06 at betsson (down to 1.96 can be played)
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