Brighton & Hove Albion and Cardiff City meet at The American Express Community Stadium, in a match for the 31st round of the Premier League. In the last head-to-head for this edition of the league, 10-11-2018, Cardiff City won at home against (2-1). The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 3 matches won 1 and tied 2. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium, on 24-01- 2017, for the Championship, Brighton & Hove Albion won by (1-0). T. Hemed (73 ‘) scored the only goal of the game. Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and abroad.
Brighton & Hove Albion:
The home team is currently in the 15 th position of the league, with 33 points won, after 9 wins, 6 draws and 14 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Huddersfield Town, by (1-0). In the last match, they won in an away match against Crystal Palace, by (1-2). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses in away matches; against 6 victories, 5 draws and 4 defeats in their stadium. In the last 10 home league matches Brighton & Hove Albion has a record of 4 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses, so they have won 15 points out of 30 possible. In their home league matches the most frequent final result at halftime was 0-0 (5 out of 14 matches). The team has conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 6 of the last 14 matches for this competition have ended with Under 1,5 goals. In 29 matches in this competition, they only got 1 comeback in the 16 matches in which they suffered the first goal.
The Brighton enters this unmotivated match, after a snub, by 0-5, in the reception at Bournemouth, adding in this way the third consecutive defeat in this English championship. We emphasize that the locals urgently need to add the three points, because they are close to the descent zone. The blue and white club usually acts in a traditional 4-3-3, privileging a style of play of constant offensive organizations. Note that in this tactical drawing the three most advanced players are Locadia, Andone and Murray, the latter being the best score of the team, with 11 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on Knochaert, suspended, in addition to March and Steele, these with physical problems.
The away team is currently in the 18 th position of the league, with 28 points won, after 8 wins, 4 draws and 18 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, by (2-0). In the last match, they won in a home match against West Ham United, by (2-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 2 draws and 11 losses in away matches, with 9 goals scored and 27 conceded; against 6 wins, 1 draw and 8 losses at their stadium, with 18 goals scored and 31 conceded. For the league, Cardiff City won 7 points out of 30 possible points, after 2 wins, 1 draw and 7 losses in the last 10 home matches. In their home matches there are a few frequent results at half-time: 0-0 (7 out of 14 matches) and 1-0 (5 out of 14 matches). The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it was not very strong defensively. This is a team that scores only few times and was only able to open the scoring in 6 of its last 30 matches for the Premier League, of these 6 came to rest in advantage in 2 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in 5. In 30 games in this competition, he only had 3 comebacks in the 20 matches in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 14 away matches for this competition there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 7 of their 9 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
Cardiff enter this unmotivated match, after a rebuff, by 2-0, in the displacement to the Burnley field, adding in this way the sixth defeat in the last 7 matches played in this competition. At this moment, Cardiff is the only team that occupies the relegation zone and can still be saved from relegation. Unlike the opponent of this round, the foreign team will choose to play in a traditional 4-4-2, in which the two most advanced players are Camarasa and Niasse. By acting outside the home, we believe that Cardiff will adopt a more defensive stance, with the objective of not becoming unbalanced.