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MATCH FACTS: CARDIFF VS BRIGHTON

9 February 2015


Cardiff City vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
Date: Tuesday, 10th February 2015, 7:45pm

Cardiff City welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday evening. Both teams will be looking to return to winning ways on what is sure to be a brisk South Wales evening.


MATCH FACTS
  • Brighton are unbeaten in the last five meetings between the Bluebirds and Seagulls
  • Matty Kennedy could make his first appearance for Cardiff City after his January move from Everton
  • Kenwyne Jones netted his 13th goal of the season against Sheff Wed on Saturday
  • Seagulls top scorer Lewis Dunk also scored last weekend, his seventh of the campaign
  • Cardiff's last win over Brighton came back in 2007, Roger Johnson with the only goal
  • Craig Noone played for the Seagulls between 2011-12 while City boss Russell Slade previously managed Brighton


KEY OPPOSITION PLAYER: Lewis Dunk
Brighton-born Dunk is the Seagulls current top scorer this season with seven goals so far. While this is an impressive feat for a central defender in itself, 23-year-old Lewis only netted his first professional goal in the Capital One Cup win against Cheltenham Town back in August. Physically dominant in both penalty areas, Dunk is one for the Bluebirds defence to be wary of at set pieces. 2014/15 has undoubtedly been the breakthrough year for Dunk; the young defender has already made 31 appearances so far this term.

ONE TO WATCH: Kazenga Lua Lua
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 two league, and one cup goal to date this season and will be looking to add to this total as Brighton aim to push away from the dreaded relegation battle.

RECENT FORM (ALL COMPETITIONS) 

Cardiff City: WLLLLD

Last time out: Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Cardiff City - Saturday, 7th February 2015, Sky Bet Championship


The Bluebirds were held to a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough in the first match of a busy February. Will Keane's second half penalty levelled for the Owls on a battle hardened pitch after Kenwyne Jones had nodded Cardiff ahead seven minutes in.

Cardiff City: Moore, Peltier (Connolly), Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Malone, Whittingham, O'Keefe, Gunnarsson, McAleny (Noone), Doyle (Revell), Jones. Subs Not Used: Wilson, Fabio, Adeyemi, Harris. 

WLWLLLBrighton & Hove Albion:

Last time out: Brighton & Hove Albion 2-3 Nott'm Forest – Saturday, 7th February 2015, Sky Bet Championship

Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a third successive victory, despite a spirited late fightback. Danny Holla's free-kick was glanced in by Lewis Dunk to put the hosts ahead, before a Danny Collins header went in off the post to level for Forest. Henri Lansbury's low free-kick put the Reds ahead, while Joao Teixeira hit the post for Brighton in the second half. Ben Osborn swept in Forest's third before Albion substitute Beram Kayal's header set up a tense finish.

Brighton & Hove Albion: Stockdale, Bruno, Greer, Dunk, Bennett, Holla (Kayal), Ince, Calderón (Best), J. Teixeira, March (Lua Lua), O'Grady. Subs Not Used: Hughes, Mackail-Smith, Forster-Caskey, Walton.



LAST COMPETITIVE MEETING

2014/15: Tuesday, 30th September, Championship: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Cardiff City


A determined and spirited Cardiff City came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Brighton & Hove Albion at the AMEX Stadium. In the 19th minute, Albion deservedly went ahead. Right-back Bruno broke free down the right hand side, connecting with a hopeful cross-field ball in what could be considered a cross-shot fashion. The resulting connection left Marshall helpless. There was little time for the home fans to celebrate, though. City went on the front foot from the kick off, working the ball out to the left hand side after a number of phases. Peter Whittingham met the ball superbly, crossing to the edge of the area for the advancing Kenwyne Jones; from almost 18 yards out, the City striker connected with a superb header, that saw the onrushing David Stockdale blushing having watched his skipper, Dunk, caught napping. While both teams attempted to find a winning goal, it remained level in an interesting encounter.

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

Cardiff City: Marshall, Brayford, Ecuele Manga, S. Morrison, Fabio, Pilkington, Adeyemi (Noone), Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Daehli (R. Morrison), Jones (Macheda). Subs Not Used: Moore, James, Ralls, Maynard.


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