Brighton and Cardiff will meet in a Premier League relegation six-pointer on Tuesday and it looks set to be a nervy night at The Amex.
With Fulham and Huddersfield’s relegation having long been confirmed, it is fast becoming a two-horse race to see which team will join them in the Championship next term.
Cardiff are the side looking in most danger, as they currently occupy 18th position and are five points adrift of Brighton, who also have a game in hand on the Bluebirds.
Chris Hughton’s side are not in good form, however, as they have lost three games on the spin in the top flight without even scoring and Saturday’s 5-0 hammering on their own patch against Bournemouth will have done nothing to boost their confidence.
Cardiff’s form has also been poor of late, as they have lost six of their last seven games, although they felt hard done by during their most recent loss against Burnley, as a number of key decisions appeared to go against them.
Goals have also been difficult to come by for the Bluebirds this season – only Huddersfield have scored fewer – and the under 2.5 goals market at 3/5 could be the way to go on Tuesday night.
In truth, it would not be a surprise to see the match finish 0-0, particularly as the draw would suit Brighton, as it would keep Cardiff at arm’s length.
Indeed, Brighton may opt to sit back for much of the game and Cardiff’s inability to break teams down means they could well cancel each other out.
The draw is available at 23/10, but if anyone if feeling more confident then going all out for a correct score of 0-0 could be an attractive option at 7/1.
Six of the last 10 meetings between the two sides have ended all-square, with three of those stalemates finishing 0-0, although the added caveat is that the last two goalless draws were both at the Cardiff City Stadium.