Cardiff close gap on Brighton with victory

Cardiff have given themselves a real chance of Premier League survival and at the same time dragged relegation rivals Brighton into major trouble after storming the Amex to land a 2-0 success.

It had been must-win for the Bluebirds, who were 1-20 for relegation prior to the Sussex success, but are now 4-11 following goals from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison.

The Bluebirds have reduced the difference down between them and Brighton to two points, although they are unlikely to bridge the gap further when Premier League leaders Liverpool visit the Welsh capital on Sunday.

There are winnable games to follow at Fulham and home to Crystal Palace before finishing the campaign at Manchester United.

Brighton are 5-2 for relegation and face an horrendous run-in.

They are away to Wolves and Tottenham in their next two followed by a home date with Newcastle that could well be critical as Chris Hughton's side then head to Arsenal before hosting champions Manchester City.

Seagulls boss Chris Hughton is 4-1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post in a market where no more bosses to depart this season is rated a 4-11 shot.

Match in Focus


Aston Villa v Derby

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Key stats
  • Tammy Abraham has scored in five of his last seven starts for Aston Villa.
Expert verdict
Aston Villa have lost just two of their last 15 matches and valid excuses can be made for both defeats. Dean Smith made wholesale changes with the playoffs in mind for their 2-1 loss to champions Norwich on the final day, while they lost the second leg of semi-final at West Brom despite having 73 per cent possession and winning the shot count 24 to ten. They are full of confidence and should be more determined than ever after last season’s playoff final heartbreak.



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