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


Man City v Tottenham

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Key stats
  • City scored in the opening half of 16 of their 19 home league games last term
Expert verdict
Manchester City beat Tottenham in three of their four meetings last term and an early season duel at the Etihad should see the Citizens uphold the form. Spurs supporters may feel they won 2018-19’s most crucial clash – the 1-0 first-leg victory at their new stadium that saw the Lilywhites advance into the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Pep Guardiola’s men. But while Guardiola has yet to crack the code in Europe with City, his team have barely put a foot wrong domestically. Fast starts against Liverpool in the Community Shield and at West Ham suggest they will look to seize the early initiative.



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