Cardiff City v Brighton Hove Albion Preview

February 19, 2016 | By

BetVictor Free BetsEnglish Championship action Saturday lunch time comes from the Cardiff City Stadium and features Cardiff City versus Brighton & Hove Albion.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 12:30pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Cardiff City v Brighton Hove Albion Preview, Championship, Saturday 20th February 2016

Cardiff City head into this game having had a good season so far and find themselves just 5pts away from making the end of season promotion play off places. A victory in this game against high flying Brighton & Hove Albion would take the club upto 49pts and with Derby County having a tough looking away game away against Brentford later in the afternoon, the hosts have a great chance to shorten the gap, especially having remained unbeaten in their last five league match played.

Brighton & Hove Albion head into the game having had an excellent season so far and find themselves flying high in 3rd place of the league table and just 3pts behind current league leaders Hull City and like their hosts, they also remain unbeaten in their last five matches played, so will obviously be confident of returning back home with at least something from this match on Saturday lunch time.

Cardiff City Team News:

The hosts have almost a full squad available for this game but will be without Craig Noone who is still receiving treatment for an injury related problem. Also missing will be Sammy Ameobi who is suspended, but Lex Immers could get a start having been an unused substitute in the last two games.

Brighton & Hove Albion Team News:

No fresh injury concerns for the visitors, so expect to see the same starting eleven that secured an important 0-0 draw against league leaders Hull City last time out.

Cardiff City v Brighton & Hove Albion Head to Head Statistics:

Saturday afternoon’s game from the Cardiff City stadium will become the 27th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Cardiff City have won 9 times with 5 of those victories having came with home advantage. Brighton & Hove Albion have managed 5 victories overall, with 2 of those having came away from home.

As we can see from our head to head to head statistics table shown below, recent meetings between the two clubs shows Brighton & Hove Albion having a very small advantage having won the only match in the previous five matches played with all the remaining games having finished all square.

30/10/15 CHA Brighton & Hove Albion – Cardiff City 1 : 1
10/02/15 CHA Cardiff City – Brighton & Hove Albion
0 : 0
30/09/14 CHA Brighton & Hove Albion – Cardiff City
1 : 1
19/02/13 CHA Cardiff City – Brighton & Hove Albion 0 : 2
21/08/12 CHA Brighton & Hove Albion – Cardiff City 0 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

53 Goals have been scored in the previous 26 meetings between the two clubs and this provides us with an overall average goals per game statistic of 2.04.

25 of those Goals have came in the 13 previous matches played at the Cardiff City Stadium and this generates us an average goal scoring statistic of exactly 1.92.

Based on both sets of data shown above this match does look unlikely to see many goals scored and betting markets like Both Teams to Score NO and Under 2.5 Goals look the value plays here in a game that is likely to be very tight indeed.

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Cardiff City v Brighton & Hove Albion Recent Form All Competitions (Left to Right)

Cardiff City: W D W D D

Brighton & Hove Albion: W W W W D

Brighton & Hove Albion have a clear advantage on the recent form statistics having managed to win four and draw one of their previous five matches played, compared to Cardiff City who have won one and drawn three of their previous five matches played.

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Cardiff City v Brighton & Hove Albion Match Betting Odds Market

Cardiff City head into this game at a current best price of 9/5 with BetVictor – £50 Free Bets For New Customers and the online bookmakers are having a difficult time in installing either of these sides as the clear favourites for this one.

The Draw has happened in four the last five meetings played between the two clubs, so does look the value play here at a current a best price of 11/5 with Betfred – Bet £10 & Receive £30 Free Bets for New Customers.

Brighton & Hove Albion have been playing very well this season and have won four of their last five matches played, so for me they also look good value at their current best odds of 9/5 with SkyBet – Deposit £5 & Receive £20 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

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Cardiff City v Brighton & Hove Albion Match Predictions, Banker Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets

If we take a moment to reflect back on what has been said earlier in this preview then the Draw stands out like a sore thumb for this match as with both clubs having battled out four draws in their last five head to head encounters played and very little between the two sides this season, it certainly wouldn’t come as any shock to see this game follow suit and end all square.

If I was to choose a side that could win this game, then it would definitely be Brighton & Hove Albion as for me they just look to have slightly the stronger squad available and head into this game having had much the better recent form than their hosts.

The reverse fixture between to the two clubs came back on 30th October last year and finished up all square at 1-1, both of the goals coming in the first half of the game. The average goals per game statistics seem to suggest that we are unlikely to see many goals in this game so there could be some value in taking Under 2.5 Goals or Both Teams to Score No.

Onto some predictions then and my Banker Free Tip for this game is going to be for Brighton & Hove Albion to nick the win as I just think that they are playing much the better of the two sides at the moment and with the league title very much up for grabs, I believe that the Brighton players will be giving it just that bit more effort on the day.

My First Goalscorer Free Tip is going to be for Brighton & Hove Albion striker Bobby Zamora to open up the scoring for his side as he has scored seven times this season of which three of those have been the first goals of the game and this looks good value as a result.

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