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Prediction: Cardiff City vs Brighton & Hove Albion – Football Predictions

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After introducing several Premier League teams to the EFL Cup in the second round, Brighton & Hove Albion Start your campaign with a trip to South Wales to pick up the championship outfit Cardiff city.

The hosts got through the first round with a 3-2 win over Sutton United, while both started their respective league seasons on a positive note.

Prediction for this match

After a strong finish last season under Mick McCarthy, who eventually finished eighth, Cardiff City will have started the new season with confidence and they earned a laudable point on opening day with a 1-1 draw against an exciting Barnsley side.

The Bluebirds then faced league two team Sutton United on home soil in the first round of this year’s EFL Cup, and they were worryingly behind in the first five minutes Donovan Wilson scored an early goal for the guests.

McCarthy’s men quickly took control with one, however Marley Watkins Brace that puts them in the lead at the start of the second half before Josh Murphy seemed to lose sight of the game with a late goal, just for a 90th minute Coby Rowe quit to force them to a close victory.

Since that win, the Welsh team have had a relatively strong start to the league season, confidently beating Blackpool ahead of a late 2-0 away win Aden Flint A brace, including an equalizer in the 96th minute, took a point from the throat of defeat after falling 2-0 at Peterborough United.

Last time they took eight points from their first four games with a 3-1 home win over Millwall, when center-back Flint again scored twice in front of his defender Sean Morrison added a third in the last 10 minutes to seal three key points.

They will now look to resume their unbeaten start to the season when they face the tough test of a duel against Premier League opponents as Brighton arrive in Wales after successive Premier League victories.

Cardiff City Manager Mick McCarthy pictured on February 16, 2021

Graham potter‘s men fell behind early in their opening game of the season when they faced Burnley away when James Tarkowski put the Clarets in the lead after just two minutes, but the Seagulls defied adversity and returned against a team known for their defensive discipline on home turf.

It lasted well into the second half, however Neal Maupay finally got the guest balance in the 73rd minute before Alexis Mac Allister scored the winning goal five minutes later.

They hosted newly promoted Watford last time around and they got off to a strong start to take two of two wins Shane Duffy started after 10 minutes.

Maupay then took his second win of the season to double their lead at halftime, and Potter’s men sought a dominant win to seal their best start to a top-tier campaign in history.

They will now look to build confidence with a third straight win early in the season before returning to the league with a tough schedule.

Cardiff City EFL Cup Form:
  • W.

Cardiff City Form (all competitions):
  • D.
  • W.
  • W.
  • D.
  • W.
Brighton & Hove Albion Form (all competitions):
  • W.
  • W.

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Brighton & Hove Albion's Neal Maupay celebrates his second goal against Watford in the Premier League on August 21, 2021

McCarthy used the majority of his first-team players in the first round of this year’s EFL Cup and is expected to field a similar squad with the star striker on Tuesday Kieffer Moore set to guide the line.

Despite having struggled to enter the league so far, Marley Watkins impressed with a brace in beating Sutton United and will be given another chance.

Further back, Flint and Morrison should still appear in a chain of three, with Curtis Nelson expected to complete the back line since Ciaron Brown remains out of action due to injury.

Potter was supposed to give starting spots to several players who have struggled with midfielders to get into the Brighton XI this season Enock Mwepu expected to make his first start for the club after joining from Red Bull Salzburg in the summer.

Aaron Connolly and Jakub Moder are also expected to join the team while the 19-year-old midfielder Moises Caicedo a start could also be served.

Young defenders Haydon Roberts was called up to the Premier League squad for the first time at the weekend and was supposed to replace one of the established central defenders.

Cardiff City possible starting line-up:
Forge; Flint, Morrison, Nelson; Sang, Wintle, Vaulks, Davies; Watkins, Moore, Murphy

Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting line-up:
Sanchez; Roberts, Dunk, Webster; Gross, Moder, Mwepu, Caicedo, March; Connolly, Zeqiri

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Probability: Cardiff City 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

While both teams got off to a strong start to the season, Brighton could have a closer look at the Premier League and with a rotated team they could be surprised by a talented and physical Cardiff team.

The hosts will be keen to continue their undefeated run by getting a top notch scalp and we believe they are going to cause some excitement.

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