So far, so good for Malky Mackay, who was something of a surprise choice to replace Dave Jones after the latter was sacked at the end of last season. The former Watford manager has changed things around at Cardiff during the summer and the fresh approach seems to be working.
City’s smash-and-grab raid at Upton Park ten days ago was followed up a convincing 3-1 win over Bristol City and the aim is clearly to avoid the positions between third and sixth which have brought end-of-season misery on supporters for the past two years.
The Bluebirds are 11/10 (Coral – £25 free bet) to claim victory on Wednesday night against a Brighton team that have also enjoyed a winning start, with the Seagulls having come from behind to beat Doncaster in their opening game before a slender 1-0 win at Portsmouth.
There was an element of fortune about both victories, especially when you consider that Liam Lawrence missed a penalty for Pompey in the last minute, although Gus Poyet’s team will now feel as though they belong at this level and Craig Mackail-Smith was off the mark at Fratton Park.
The Scot is 7/1 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to open the scoring in this match and there will be several talented strikers on display, with Robert Earnshaw (11/2 Betfred) having opened his account for the season against Bristol City and Kenny Miller (5/1 Coral) also likely to cause problems.