Live score updates from Brighton v Newcastle United as Cardiff City could effectively be relegated tonight

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Cardiff City are staring down the barrel of relegation back to the Championship after a 1-0 defeat to Fulham.

Ryan Babel’s stunner was enough to hand Fulham victory in a match where Cardiff failed to throw caution to the wind until it was too late.

It means all eyes now turn to Brighton v Newcastle this evening (5.30pm kick-off), which you can follow right here with our updates below.

A defeat for Brighton would still give Cardiff some hope. However, even that scenario would mean they need at least four points from their final two matches to have a hope because of an inferior goal difference which now stands at -14. They would also need Brighton to lose their final two matches.

A draw for Brighton would mean Cardiff have to win their final two matches and hope their rivals don’t get more than one more point, while a Brighton win later would effectively relegate the Bluebirds.

Cardiff face Crystal Palace at home next weekend, followed by a trip to Manchester United on the final day. Brighton travel to Arsenal before facing Man City.

 

Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ryan Babel and Ryan Sessegnon all had chances for the hosts, who dominated possession throughout proceedings at a blustery Craven Cottage.

Tom Cairney came close to handing his side the lead in the second half when his deep cross was tipped over by Neil Etheridge.

But Fulham weren’t to be denied, and grabbed a deserved winner courtesy of Babel’s superb curling effort from distance.



Denis Odoi of Fulham receives treatment before being stretchered off

 

Cardiff did threaten to level, with substitute Danny Ward seeing a header tipped over, before Junior Hoilett rattled the bar late on, but they were caught out in a below par performance here.



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