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MATCH FACTS: BRIGHTON VS CARDIFF CITY

29 September 2014

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Cardiff City
Venue: American Express (Amex) Stadium
Date: Tuesday 30th September 2014, 7.45pm KO

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Cardiff City head to Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday night with caretaker managers Scott Young and Danny Gabbidon aiming for a second consecutive victory following Saturday's win over Sheffield Wednesday. The Seagulls enter this match after holding runaway leaders Nottingham Forest to a goal-less draw last time out.  

Tickets for this match are still available. Please call 0845 345 1400 or buy tickets online now

MATCH FACTS
  • Former Seagulls man Craig Noone could play against his former side at the Amex for the first time in a Cardiff City shirt
  • It has been eight years since Cardiff beat Brighton in a league match
  • Defender Lewis Dunk and forward Craig Mackail-Smith are currently joint top scorers for Brighton with three goals apiece
  • The Seagulls have kept four clean sheets in all competitions this season
  • Summer signings Anthony Pilkington and Sean Morrison both scored their first goals for Cardiff on Saturday

KEY OPPOSITION PLAYER: Craig Mackail-Smith
Mackail-Smith joined the Seagulls as a record transfer purchase in 2011 from Peterborough United, scoring 80 goals in 185 games while with Darren Ferguson's side. A long term injury ruled the forward out for the majority of last season, but he has certainly come back shining this term. With the sale of forward Leo Ulloa to Leicester City, Mackail-Smith and new signing Sam Baldock will be looked upon as the main goal threats at the Amex, Machail-Smith already chipping in with three goals. 

ONE TO WATCH: Kazenga LuaLua
Former Newcastle United winger Kazenga LuaLua permanently signed with the club following a successful loan spell in 2011. Brother of former Toon Army and Portsmouth forward Lomana LuaLua, the tricky wide midfielder is surprisingly still just 23 years old with a wealth of Championship experience already. LuaLua has scored one league, and one cup goal to date this season and will be looking to add to this total as City visit the Amex for the first time since August 2012.  

RECENT FORM (ALL COMPETITIONS)

Cardiff City: DLLDLW

Last time out: Cardiff City 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday - Saturday 27th September 2014, Sky Bet Championship

Cardiff City got back to winning ways at home, beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 in a well contested match at Cardiff City Stadium. City broke the deadlock just before half time when Peter Whittingham’s trademark in-swinging free kick was headed home commandingly by Sean Morrison. After the break Morrison was unfortunate to score at the other end as he prodded Chris Maguire’s low centre past Marshall. But Anthony Pilkington stepped up to drive the Bluebirds to victory, smashing home Kenwyne Jones’ knock down and earning his side an important three points.  

Cardiff City: Marshall, Brayford, Manga, S Morrison, Fábio (Ralls), Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Noone (Morrison), Dæhli, Pilkington, Jones (Macheda). Subs Not Used: Moore, James, Adeyemi, Le Fondre.

Brighton & Hove Albion: DLLDWD

Last time out: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion – Saturday 22nd September 2014, Sky Bet Championship
Nottingham Forest lost their place at the top of the Championship as Brighton earned a deserved point in an entertaining game of few chances. The hosts began encouragingly but struggled against a resolute Seagulls side, who defended superbly. Craig Mackail-Smith was unlucky not to score with a glancing header before the break.

Brighton & Hove Albion: Stockdale, Greer, Bruno, Dunk, Bennett, Crofts, Mackail-Smith, Lua Lua, Colunga (McCourt), Holla (Ince), Forster-Caskey (Gardner). Subs Not Used: Hughes, O’Grady, Teixeira, Walton. 

LAST COMPETITIVE MEETING
2012/13: Tuesday 19th February 2013, Championship: Cardiff City 0-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
City slipped to only their second home defeat of the season as Brighton & Hove Albion took all three points away from the Welsh Capital. Despite controlling the best part of the game it was the visitors who took the lead two minutes before the break through Andrea Orlandi. After controlling the flow of play and peppering the visitors' goal after the interval, striker Jose Ulloa pulled off a copycat feat in stoppage time to secure the points.

Cardiff City: Marshall, Connolly, Taylor, Hudson, Turner, Whittingham, Smith, Gunnarsson, Bellamy, Noone (Conway), Campbell (Helguson). Subs Not Used: Lewis, McNaughton, Cowie, Kim, Mason. 

Brighton & Hove Albion: Kuszczak, Saltor, El-Abd, Upson, Bridge, Bridcutt, Lopez, Orlandi (Dicker), Hammond (Calderon), Buckley (Forster-Caskey), Ulloa. Subs Not Used: Ankergren, Barker, Lua Lua, Vicente. 

Tickets for this match are still available. Please call 0845 345 1400 or buy tickets online now


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