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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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PL Preview: Liverpool vs. Brighton

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  • Liverpool has won 5 in a row against Brighton
  • Christ Hughton has never secured a PL point at Anfield
  • Liverpool is unbeaten in its last 22 home league games

For as good as Manchester City has looked to start the Premier League season, Liverpool has followed suit. Now a new team is in their sights as Liverpool hosts Brighton on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET at Anfield.

The Reds have scored six goals in two games, and Liverpool remains the only Premier League team yet to concede a single goal. Mohamed Salah has picked up where he left off last season, and new signings Naby Keita and Alisson appear to have hit the ground running.

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Brighton will be a tough opponent, but it will be an uphill battle for the Seagulls after last week’s upset win over Manchester United. Both Chris Hughton and Brighton have terrible history playing at this park, and that could come into play yet again. The Reds have made their home park an absolute fortress, without a single league loss at home in nearly 17 months.

Liverpool is still without defender Dejan Lovren, who the club confirmed will not be back until after the international break due to a pelvic injury. That, however, remains Liverpool’s only injury at the moment, other than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who is likely to miss most – if not all – of the season.

Brighton, meanwhile, is without defender Lewis Dunk who played every single minute of last year’s Premier League campaign. Dunk picked up an ankle injury in the Manchester United match, while club captain Bruno has only managed 26 minutes this season due to a hamstring injury. Jose Izquierdo is out still as he regains fitness from a leg injury suffered on World Cup duty with Colombia.

What they’re saying

Brighton manager Chris Hughton on upset of Man United: “We certainly need to show a lot of the qualities that we showed in last week’s performance. Hopefully it allows us to go to Liverpool with a little bit more confidence, a little bit less pressure.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on the PL competition: “Here you can give a few more points away and you have to be ready for all the games. I don’t want to compare it but if you could beat Bayern [with Dortmund] it was good because usually they had won all their other games. That will not happen here. Even City couldn’t do that last year. They got 100 points but that was a rare thing to do.”

Prediction

This match will be tough on Brighton. They seem to have Manchester United’s number, but they have struggled against other top teams, and Liverpool is a juggernaut. The Reds win 3-0 and continue to rock the early portion of the season.

Statistical guide to 2017-18 Premier League season

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Sometimes statistics tell new stories.

Take 2014-15, when Burnley was relegated but Kieran Trippier sneakily lead the Premier League in crosses and Aaron Cresswell did the same in minutes.

Both have turned into league mainstays.

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So let’s dig into the numbers from what should be a Man City heavy run through the league leaderboard.

Most wins: Man City (32)

Most losses: Swansea City (21)

Most draws: Southampton (15)

Most goals: Man City (106)

Least goals: Swansea City and Huddersfield (28)

Most goals allowed: West Ham and Stoke City (68)

Least goals allowed: Man City (27)

Best goal differential: Man City (+79)

Worst goal differential: Stoke City (-33)

Most goals: Mohamed Salah, Liverpool (32)

Most assists: Kevin De Bruyne, Man City (16)

Yellow cards: Oriol Romeu, Southampton (11)

Team yellow cards: West Ham and West Brom (73)

Red cards: Jonjo Shelvey, Newcastle and Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester (2)

Team red cards: Leicester City (5)

Saves: Jack Butland, Stoke City (141)

Clean sheets: David De Gea, Manchester United (18)

Shots on target: Harry Kane, Spurs (76)

Shots attempted: Kane, Spurs (184)

Shots per game: Man City (17.5)

Least shots per game: Swans (8.9)

Minutes played: Several with 3420 (Jack Cork, Burnley; Lukasz Fabianski, Swans; Alfie Mawson, Swans; Asmir Begovic, Bournemouth; Lewis Dunk, Brighton; Jordan Pickford, Everton; Mat Ryan, Brighton; Harry Maguire, Leicester; Jonas Lossl, Huddersfield; Mathias Jorgensen, Huddersfield).

Fouls suffered: Richarlison, Watford (96)

Fouls committed: Luka Milivojevic, Crystal Palace (69)

Fouls committed per game: Everton (12.1)

Least fouls committed per game: Bournemouth (8.9)

Offsides: Jamie Vardy, Leicester City (45)

Crosses: De Bruyne, Man City (313)

Corner kicks: De Bruyne, Man City (154)

Penalty kicks attempted: Milivojevic, Palace (8)

Penalty kicks converted: Milivojevic, Palace (7)

Penalty kicks converted without a miss: Sergio Aguero, Man City (4)

Total touches: Nicolas Otamendi, Man City (7820)

Passes: Nicolas Otamendi, Man City (2791)

Pass percentage: Man City (89 percent)

Worst pass percentage: Burnley (70.5 percent)

Possession: Man City (66.4 percent)

Least possession: West Brom (42.8 percent)

Interceptions: Dunk, Brighton (99)

Interceptions per game: Yohan Cabaye, Palace (2.5)

Blocks: Kyle Naughton, Swansea (120)

Tackles: Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester (121)

Tackles per game: Huddersfield (19.6)

Least tackles per game: Bournemouth (13.4)

Highest rated, WhoScored.com: Aguero, Man City (7.81)

Lowest rated, WhoScored.com: Andre Gray, Watford (6.24)

Highest rated per 90, Squawka.com: Eden Hazard, Chelsea (57.82)

Lowest rated per 90, Squawka.com: James McClean, West Brom (-18.53)

Combined goals-assists: Riyad Mahrez to Vardy, Leicester (7)

Aerials won per game: Peter Crouch, Stoke and Christian Benteke, Palace (7.8)

Passing percentage: Andreas Christensen, Chelsea (93.4)

Worst pass percentage, non-GK: Sam Vokes, Burnley (49.4)

Offsides won per game: Christian Kabasele, Watford (1.3)

Clearances per game: Shane Duffy, Brighton (8.8)

Own goals: Dunk, Brighton (4)

Key passes per game: Mesut Ozil, Arsenal (3.2)

Dribbles per game: Hazard, Chelsea (4.9)

Long balls per game, non-GK: Jordan Henderson, Liverpool (5.6)

Brighton 2-1 Arsenal: Scattershot Gunners

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  • Dunk scores first top flight goal, 7′
  • Gross sets up two goals
  • Aubameyang gets one back
  • Gunners losers of five in six

Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray scored first half goals to power Brighton and Hove Albion to a memorable 2-1 win over free-falling Arsenal at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled Arsenal to within one, but the Gunners fell for the fifth time in six matches across all competitions. They are still comfortably sixth in the Premier League, eight back of fifth and five ahead of seventh.

Brighton pulls into 10th, seven points clear of the Premier League drop zone.

Arsenal’s next match? A Europa League first leg at an emotional AC Milan, who will no doubt be celebrating the life of deceased alum Davide Astori.

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The fourth minute saw Mesut Ozil curl a left-footer just over the bar in a bid to end his seven-match scoreless run.

Brighton took the lead through Dunk in the 7th minute, a set piece goal headed back across goal after Petr Cech failed to claim at the back post. It was 1-0 against the run of play.

Pascal Gross sent in that corner kick, and he blasted a shot that required a diving save from Cech. The ensuing corner was poorly defended by Arsenal, but Jose Izquierdo show low and wide.

Cech had to collect from Knockaert, but was soon picking the ball out of his goal for a second time when Murray nodded Gross’ cross past him.

The Gunners got one back through Aubameyang, redirecting a Granit Xhaka pass off Mat Ryan and into the goal.

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Cech had to punch an Ezequiel Schelotto speculation over the bar 10 minutes into the second half.

Ozil worked a 1-2 with Aubameyang to open up an effort that Ryan pushed out for a corner.

And Jack Wilshere earned a dangerous free kick when Dale Stephens made a sliding intervention around the hour mark. That led to a corner, but Ryan eventually eased the danger.

Sead Kolasinac‘s hard challenge on Schelotto led to the calling of a stretcher but no sending off. Schelotto was reportedly knocked out by the brutal bodycheck.

Izquierdo dribbled down the left flank and cut to the middle before curling wide of the near post as the game hit minute No. 71.

Seven minutes of stoppage time delivered an opportunity for Arsenal to steal a point, but Ryan collected Aubameyang’s shot through traffic.

Manchester United 1-0 Brighton: Win nabbed in downpour

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  • Rainy day at Old Trafford
  • Dunk deflection dooms Gulls
  • United stays second
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Ashley Young‘s long shot took a wicked deflection for an own goal that gave Manchester United a 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on a rainy Saturday at Old Trafford.

Lewis Dunk was credited with the own goal, as the Gulls’ game effort leaves them in ninth.

United now has 29 points, five back of Man City.

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Romelu Lukaku got a shot away after a 1-2 with Anthony Martial in the second minute, but his left-footed hit was wildly inaccurate.

Brighton was very much involved in the match, with David De Gea called upon to make a stop on Pascal Gross.

Antonio Valencia swept an invitation to the back post for Lukaku, but the Belgian couldn’t nod it on frame.

United looked as good as ahead when Mathew Ryan stopped Lukaku and Paul Pogba within two yards of the goal line from a Marcus Rashford cross.

United got its breakthrough in the 66th minute, when Young’s shot from outside the 18 took a huge turn off Lewis Dunk to beat Ryan.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a late chance to make it 2-0 when he dragged a shot wide of the frame.

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