Cardiff gets dramatic win over 10-man Brighton

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  • Bamba scores in 90th
  • Brighton down a man for 60+
  • Cardiff moves 16th

Sol Bamba pumped a 90th minute loose ball into the top of the goal as Cardiff City beat 10-man Brighton and Hove Albion at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.

Lewis Dunk and Callum Paterson traded first half goals, but a Dale Stephens red card with an hour to play yielded few chances until Bamba was in prime position with precious few ticks on the clock.

The win is just the second of the season for Cardiff, who moves out of the drop zone with 8 points. Brighton stays 12th with 14 points.

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The sixth minute saw the match’s first goal, with Dunk heading down a Solly March back-post free kick.

Victor Camarasa’s vicious free kick had too much power as Cardiff attempted to answer two minutes later.

Paterson did tie the score after Kadeem Harris‘ mazy dribble toward the end line ended with a deflected cross atop the six.

Fortunes improved even more for Brighton when Roger East showed a straight red card to  Dale Stephens for a studs-up challenge on Greg Cunningham.

Cardiff just didn’t have much flair in trying to break down Brighton, and it was a Seagul who challenged the scoresheet in the 82nd minute. Jose Izquierdo ripped a shot that Neil Etheridge poked over the bar.

But a wild 10-seconds saw Cardiff hit the bar and see a ball cleared off the line before Bamba blasted the third chance over the line.

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Watch Live: Cardiff City vs. Brighton and Hove Albion

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Two clubs aiming to bounce back meet in Wales when Cardiff City hosts Brighton and Hove Albion at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Brighton holds a slim advantage in the all-time series, leading 23W-22D-22L.

The Seagulls saw a three-match win streak, all clean sheets, snapped by Everton last week.

Cardiff has lost both matches since doubling up Fulham for its only win of the season.

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Cardiff City: Etheridge, Cunningham, Bamba, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Harris, Ralls, Gunnarson, Camarasa, Murphy, Paterson. Subs: Smithies, Peltier, Bennett, Ward, Decordova-Reid, Damour, Hoilett.

Brighton and Hove Albion: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, Izquierdo, March, Murray. Subs: Steele, Balogun, Bernardo, Bruno, Bissouma, Andone, Gyokeres.

Premier League Preview: Cardiff City vs. Brighton and Hove Albion

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  • Joe Ralls is available again for Cardiff but Jazz Richards (hamstring) and Kenneth Zohore (calf) will both miss out through injury and Harry Arter is suspended.   
  • Brighton continue to be without Pascal Gross, Davy Propper (ankle) and David Button (knee), while Alireza Jahanbakhsh is likely to be absent with a hamstring strain. 
  • Cardiff and Brighton have never met before in the top flight. This is the fourth new top-flight fixture this season after AFC Bournemouth v Cardiff, Brighton v Fulham and AFC Bournemouth v Fulham. 
  • The Bluebirds are aiming to halt their habit of conceding the opening goal, having done so eight times in the Premier League this season, the most of any team, level with Fulham.  

Brighton and Hove Albion has the chance to move into the top ten of the Premier League table as Chris Houghton’s side travel to face Cardiff City in the first match of week 12 (Watch live on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

The Seagulls have enjoyed a great start to the season, with three wins in its last four including a 1-0 win at relegation-threatened Newcastle. The defense, led by Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy has held firm while 35-year-old Glenn Murray continues to drink from the fountain of youth, scoring six goals this early in the PL season. Cardiff on the other side are desperate for three points at home, as it currently sits in the drop zone with five points from 11 games.

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What they’re saying

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock on finding positives out of a rough start to the season: ““I think as a team we’ve improved nearly every game since the Bournemouth game and we’ve played far more football than people give us credit for. But it’s about getting the balance, we have changed and now we need a bit of luck. My wife says my luck is changing from today, so I can’t argue with my wife. But every game is winnable for us until Christmas if we have a good day. If we didn’t win it wouldn’t be the end of the world, but Saturday is one we want to win.”

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Houghton on facing Cardiff: “It goes without saying that when you get used to this league you recognize that trips to teams who aren’t in the top six might not be as daunting – but this is still only our second season in the division. We know them quite well as a team, and their level of performance this season has been relatively good on the whole despite the results. They’re at home and they’ll have good backing from the crowd, so our approach is exactly the same as any other away game – but every game is an opportunity for us.”

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Prediction

It’s a matchup between two teams who display similar playing styles, so like many games with teams farther down the table, this one should come down to a set piece. We’ll give Cardiff the narrow victory, picking up three massive points over Brighton. Cardiff 1-0 Brighton

WATCH: Leicester City, Cardiff City honor Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

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The tragic deaths of five, including Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, shook the football world last weekend.

The Foxes returned to the field on Saturday with heavy hearts, honoring their late owner along with hosts Cardiff City.

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Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral began earlier Saturday in Bangkok.

The minute’s silence was moving, with nothing audible save a few coughs and a windy Cardiff City Stadium.

A wreath was laid at midfield, as Leicester’s entire team formed a half-circle on their side of midfield.

Former Leicester City winger Anthony Knockaert (below) wore a tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha on his warm-up ahead of Brighton’s match at Leicester.

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City warms up while waring a commemorative t-shirt for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Anthony Knockaert of Brighton and Hove Albion is seen wearing a t-shirt to commemorate Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha . (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)
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Matchweek 11 Premier League odds: Liverpool take on Arsenal in critical showdown

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Liverpool have been able to break through for goals against Arsenal in recent matchups – even when the Gunners have their first-choice back line, which they won’t this weekend.

Liverpool are an even-money away favorite on the weekend’s Premier League odds with Arsenal coming back at +275 on the three-way moneyline for Saturday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The draw pays +280 and the total is set at 3.0 goals.

Liverpool, with the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah up front, have scored at least three goals in their last five matches against Arsenal in all competitions, and the Gunners’ back line is depleted with fullback Hector Bellerin (thigh) potentially unable to play.

Arsenal, which have been overly reliant on second-half rallies, will also be minus key midfielder Matteo Guenduozi (suspension). Some of the chancier but higher-yield props predicated on a Liverpool victory include Liverpool win/yes (+275) in both teams to score props and Liverpool 3-0, 3-1, 3-2 (+550) in correct score group props.

Bournemouth (+275) are one of the most potent offenses on home turf, and Manchester United (even, draw +270) have scored at least two goals in three league matches in a row heading into their meeting on Saturday, meaning bettors might want to play around with an alternate total instead of the standard 2.5 goals.

Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson (+600 first goal scorer, +175 anytime) and Manchester United’s Anthony Martial (+500, +150 respectively) should feature and Manchester United’s defensive issues make Bournemouth worthy of backing on the double chance (-120).

Cardiff City (+260) host Leicester City (+120, draw +235) in a matchup where the latter’s collective mental state is a wild card after the helicopter crash death of team owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha last weekend. It might be a surer play to look at other props.

Both teams have scored in three of Cardiff’s last five home matches and four of Leicester’s last five away matches, while the over (+120) on the 2.5-goals total has come through in seven of Leicester’s last eight away matches.

Wolverhampton (+225) and Tottenham (+130, draw +250) may be due to break extended under streaks, as Wolverhampton’s last nine games have gone under 2.5 goals, as have Tottenham’s last four. Tottenham need an outright victory to stay in a top-four position and should press the issue, meaning the over (-105) on the 2.5-goals total is reachable. Tottenham have also led at half time in their last three league matches.

Chelsea (-375) take on tenacious Crystal Palace (+1000, draw +550) in a Sunday Premier League matchup. Eden Hazard (+320 first goal scorer, -120 anytime) is expected to return from a back injury for Chelsea and may be poised to cash in on Ross Barkley‘s attacking runs at Palace’s back line. In both teams to score props, Chelsea offer an excellent price on No/Over 2.5 goals (+275). Five of the last six games in this matchup have gone over 2.5 goals.

And Huddersfield Town (+130) host Fulham (+230, draw +240) in a Monday matchup that is the quintessential relegation six-pointer as both teams are far down the table. The urgency of the situation lends itself to taking the over (-105) on the 2.5-goals total, while Huddersfield also offer a good price (+220) to score in both halves as they face one of the EPL’s leakiest defenses.

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