Brighton are 5/1 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds after Tuesday’s 1-0 loss at Tottenham kept them just three points clear of the drop zone.
However, with three rounds of fixtures left to go, Cardiff are 3/25 favourites to join Huddersfield and Fulham in falling down to the Championship.
Following a goalless draw at Wolves, Albion came within a couple of minutes of another 0-0 stalemate at Spurs, but Christian Eriksen’s fine late strike left Chris Hughton feeling heartbroken.
“The longer it went on, I thought we were going to hold out,” said the manager. “If we managed the game a little bit better at the end, we would have got the result we wanted.
“We’re in a pressurised position but it is only us that have put us there. We need to take whatever we can from these last two performances and they have been ‘better feel’ performances for us.”
The Seagulls have answered questions about their heart, which arose after losing 5-0 to Bournemouth and 2-0 to Cardiff on home turf, but have now gone seven games without scoring a single goal.
Brighton will be desperate to take something from Saturday’s game against Newcastle at Amex Stadium, before finishing off with daunting tests versus Arsenal away and Manchester City at home.
Bluebirds need big result at Fulham
Cardiff made Liverpool work hard for victory in south Wales last time out but Georginio Wijnaldum’s superb strike and a James Milner penalty left them on 31 points, with three games left to go.
“I definitely think we can get out of it,” said defender Lee Peltier. “We’re putting in decent performances, so hopefully we can pick up more points.
“The manager was pleased with the way we set up against one of the best teams in the world.
“I thought we did alright against them, as we limited them a lot. We’ve just got to keep on going.”
City visit already-relegated Fulham on Saturday, before entertaining Crystal Palace and then travelling to Manchester United.
Southampton are still not mathematically safe, but Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Watford nudged them up to 37 points and they are 150/1 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds.
Shane Long put Saints ahead after only 7.69 seconds to stun the Vicarage Road crowd, but Andre Gray netted a last-minute leveller.
Ralph Hasenhuttl commented: “It was a pity they got the equaliser but, for us, it’s more positive than negative, because a point here is not easy.
“We have 37 points and until we have 40, we do not speak about being safe.
“But now we have a home game against Bournemouth and if you’d told me that we’d have a chance to secure safety in that game when I took over, I’d have taken that.”
Southampton then visit West Ham before hosting basement dwellers Huddersfield.
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