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

Everton ease past Brighton

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  • Richarlison, Coleman score for Everton
  • Dunk had equalized for Brighton
  • Everton have won 3 of last 4 games

Everton beat Brighton 3-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday, with the Toffees the stronger team throughout.

Richarlison put Everton ahead and although Lewis Dunk equalized, the Toffees grabbed all three points thanks to second half goals from Seamus Coleman and Richarlison again.

With the win Everton are now on 18 points and are within reach of the top four, while Brighton’s run of three-straight wins came to an abrupt end.

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Seamus Coleman pulled it back for Sigurdsson who missed a glorious chance as he got his finish all wrong.

Lucas Digne then crossed to the near post and Sigurdsson flicked an effort off target as Everton started quickly.

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Kurt Zouma nodded wide from a corner kick as Everton continued to press, and soon they took the lead. From a Brighton corner the Toffees broke and Sigurdsson played in Richarlison expertly and the Brazilian smashed home to make it 1-0.

Before the break Brighton were level as a corner was whipped in from the left and Dunk beat Zouma in the air and headed home. 1-1.

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At the start of the second half Everton came flying out of the traps as Idriss Gueye hit the inside of the post, then Theo Walcott couldn’t bury the rebound.

But the Toffees did go 2-1 up as Coleman struck from the edge of the box to score his first goal since January 2017. A wonderful moment for the Republic of Ireland right back after all of his injury woe in recent years.

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Richarlison then intercepted a loose pass from Dunk and sped towards goal before rounding Mat Ryan and slotting home his second and Everton’s third of the day. Game over.

Watch Live: Four Premier League games at 11am ET

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Four Premier League games are coming up at 11 a.m. ET, with some intriguing clashes between teams who need points for very different reasons.

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Leicester City are in action for the first time since the tragic events of last Saturday, as they head to Cardiff City in what will be an emotional occasion. Elsewhere, the likes of Brighton, Watford and Everton will be aiming to kick on.

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You can access additional games by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold which also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today and NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 11 a.m. ET window. More info is available here.

The schedule for all four games at 11 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.


11 a.m. ET: Cardiff City vs. Leicester City – NBCSN [STREAM]
11 a.m. ET: Everton vs. Brighton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
11 a.m. ET: Newcastle United vs. Watford – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
11 a.m. ET: West Ham vs. Burnley – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]