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Preview: Cardiff v Palace

25 December 2012


ABOUT:

Cardiff City go into the festive fixtures at the top of the Championship for the second meeting of these two sides of the season. A Glenn Murray hat-trick sealed the win for Palace when both met at Selhurst in September. 

Malky Mackay'’s side go into the game with an impressive record this term having won 14 of their last 20 league games but this Boxing Day clash really does see two of the form sides meet in what is set to be a real cracker of a match with the visitors having lost one of their last 20 league games and on a current unbeaten run of five matches.  

Both sides hold the title as joint top scorers in the Championship and each side have found the net in 22 of their last 23 outings. 

TEAM NEWS:

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay will be without defender Matthew Connolly who is suspended for this one while midfielder Kadeem Harris is close to making a comeback after an ankle injury but Nicky Maynard remains sidelined with a knee injury.
 
Crystal Palace will be without defender Damien Delaney who is suspended after being dismissed against Huddersfield so it could be that Danny Gabbidon will be handed his first start in a Palace shirt.

MATCH OFFICIALS:

Referee:  Philip Gibbs

Assistants: Richard Martin & Mark Howes 

Fourth Official: John Flynn


HEAD TO HEAD RECORD: (home and away)
 

                        CARDIFF WINS            DRAWS        PALACE WINS 

League                 14                            18                27

League Cup          1                                1                3

TOTAL                  15                             19                30

 
TICKETS:

This match is now SOLD OUT and all club coach travel is now SOLD OUT. 

BETTING:

Why not try a flutter on this match and a couple of odds you may want to have a few festive pounds on the following:
Palace to win 2-0 is 23/1
Draw at half time and Palace to win after 90 mins – 8/1.

CLICK HERE for further odds from Bet Butler. 

LIVE MATCH COMMENTARY:

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