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Brighton & Hove Albion-Cardiff City Preview
Brighton & Hove Albion's run of Premier League good fortune has ended, but a visit to Wales might help them get back on track.
The Seagulls look to bounce back from their first top-flight defeat in more than a month when they face Cardiff City on Saturday.
Brighton (4-2-5) had posted three straight 1-0 victories over West Ham United, Newcastle and Wolves following a 2-0 loss to Manchester City on Sept. 29. However, that stretch of success ended with a 3-1 defeat at Everton last weekend.
Lewis Dunk provided the lone goal for the visitors in the 33rd minute that proved to be the equaliser at the time. The setback leaves Brighton 12th in the Premier League table on 14 points, and determined to get back to their winning ways in Wales this weekend.
"We have to focus on next weekend now - it's our chance to bounce back," goalkeeper Mat Ryan told Brighton's official website. "We've been on a good run, but nobody was getting carried away with that because we know how difficult this division can be. … I don't feel like there was any complacency on our part but over the course of the season you have good and tough periods, so it's about trying to eliminate the latter - that onus falls on us and how we deliver the game plan - and we just didn't do it well enough."
Ryan is confident that he and his teammates will be able to adjust and improve themselves tactically with any changes manager Chris Hughton chooses to make against Cardiff.
"We've got competition in the squad now and we've strengthened our options," Ryan added. "The changes we make during games are seeing people come on who have the experience to change matches."
Though Cardiff (1-2-8) can be found in the middle of the relegation zone, Ryan knows the Seagulls must be on top of their game in order to prevail in this road contest.
"You can sense (Cardiff) have a real togetherness like ourselves, and when they play at home they fight and scrap for anything and everything," Ryan said.
Whilst that might be true in the eyes of Ryan and the Seagulls, Cardiff must prove it.
They'll try to avoid a third consecutive Premier League defeat after falling 1-0 last Saturday to an emotional Leicester City side freshly grieving the tragic death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash last month.
"I was disappointed not to get a result, but I'm quite pleased with what the players gave," manager Neil Warnock told Cardiff's official website. "I can't fault the effort because they gave everything, and on another day, we could've got a result."
It goes without saying that the Bluebirds now need that result to come this weekend as they again have an opportunity to make progress at home.
The last time these two squads met came in the Championship on Jan. 24, 2017, with Brighton 1-0 winners. The Seagulls are 3-6-1 against Cardiff over the last 10 meetings.
Updated November 8, 2018