Brighton v Cardiff preview: Seagulls have wingers clipped
Last Updated: 02/10/15 3:33pm
Leaders Brighton will be without wingers Jamie Murphy and Kazenga LuaLua when they host Cardiff.
Murphy starts a three-match ban after he was sent off at Bolton last weekend and LuaLua is sidelined by a groin injury suffered in training.
Striker Tomer Hemed hopes to be fit after a hamstring problem and right-back Bruno should overcome an ankle knock.
Midfielder Andrew Crofts, an unused substitute last weekend, could make his first appearance in a year following a serious knee injury.
Cardiff defender Lee Peltier is back in contention after missing last week's home win against Charlton due to a swollen leg.
Boss Russell Slade switched Fabio into the right-back slot last week and started with Scott Malone at left-back and must decide whether to make changes to accommodate Peltier.
Simon Moore will continue to deputise in goal as captain David Marshall completes a two-match suspension.
Slade will be without Federico Macheda for the next two months after the former Manchester United striker needed surgery to repair a disc injury, while Brighton old boys Craig Noone and Alex Revell are both set to start on the bench.
Brighton v Cardiff odds
Brighton are odds-on with Sky Bet to extend their unbeaten run in the Championship to six matches with victory over 3/1 shots Cardiff on Saturday.
The Seagulls are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with the Bluebirds and are 7/4 with the League sponsor to secure promotion to the top flight this season. Four of the last five meetings between the sides have finished all square and it's 7/2 to finish in a draw with both teams scoring.
Sam Baldock and Bobby Zamora are both 5/1 shots to open the scoring for the Seagulls, while Joe Mason is 11/2 to net in a win for the Bluebirds.