Saturday was just a warm-up. Tonight is the REAL quiz. This one is for all the marbles. Bright & Hove Albion (two teams, not fair) against Cardiff City. If Cardiff win, Brighton are firmly within reach in the relegation battle. If Brighton win then, surely, it’s curtains for Cardiff City. This really is the cup final that Warnock referenced a few weeks ago…
Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Cardiff City
Amex Stadium, Falmer
Tuesday 16th April 2019
Referee: Someone even more incompetent than the last one
How Cardiff City may line-up
Three things to watch out for
What happens up front. Zohore started at Burnley and while he drifted in and out of the game, he was involved in some key moments. Niasse and Reid both came on late on and Reid was involved in some nice runs while Niasse was his usual, boisterous self up top. Will Warnock be tempted to start with two of these three against Brighton? Against Bournemouth, Reid scored twice and in the following game, Zohore scored the winner. Should we be putting our eggs in this basket tonight?
What happens on the wings. Murphy has really struggled to maintain consistency this season and was pretty poor against Burnley. Hoilett fared a bit better but missed a really good chance. We’ve got Lendez-Maing and Harris on the bench who, at different points this season, have come in and scored a couple of goals. Murphy isn’t doing himself any favours and I’d be tempted to give one of aforementioned a start tonight. Harris was influential against Brighton earlier this season and could be chomping at the bit to show what he can do tonight.
What happens in midfield. Ralls has come in for some criticism this year but, I’ll be honest with you, I miss him. He’s calm, relatively creative, and likes to get stuck in. Who does he replace? Could we push Victor up and replace Murphy? Who knows. I’m not a manager. It’s just the defence will not be switched up tonight and I have to go for three things to watch out for. So this was my third.
Brighton players to watch out for
Antony Knockaert’s ridiculous challenge rules him out of tonight’s game and he’s a tricky player. They’ve got some really good players amongst their ranks. Davy Propper is a very decent midfielder and off the bench, they’ve got players like Alireza Jahanbakhsh who may not have set the world on fire, but are good enough to have an influence.
At the back, Shane Duffy is a menace in front of both goals and has five goals for the season. Considering we don’t seem to be as safe from corners as we once were, this is something to watch out for.
Best case result
We are due some luck. I’m in no way blaming the officials for our league position but we’ve been hard done by in recent games. Burnley at the weekend was no different and we should have had two penalties, and their first goal should have been disallowed. Add that to Chelsea, and something has to go our way tonight. Warnock will have the team raring to go and it could be a tasty encounter on the South Coast. If we play this right, we can come away with a scrappy 2-1.
Worst case result
The run of bad luck continues. The referee, somehow, gives a penalty against us for a foul by Arter on the halfway line. The players head drop as another decision goes against us and we wilt through the game. Brighton score from an offside position and its given. Warnock calls the referee a fart and is banned from football forever. 2-0 Brighton.