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PREVIEW: Cardiff City

22 September 2012


THE OPPOSITION:
It has been a hectic few years at Cardiff City, with a League Cup final defeat on penalties, consistent promotion chases and numerous amounts of transfers taking place. This season Cardiff can expect more of the same, with the excitement of Malaysian owners and a change in home colours from blue to red.

Cardiff have only lost one game this season and boast an unbeaten home record. They currently find themselves in fifth place amongst the other play-off contenders. An incredible number of ins and outs mean Cardiff are an even stronger outfit than they were last season, with the likes of £2.5million striker 

Nicky Maynard, local boy Craig Bellamy and £1million man Craig Noone signing from Brighton. They have maintained the services of Peter Whittingham, who scored an impressive 13 goals from midfield last season, despite speculation of a move to Fulham in the close-season.

Cardiff have won their last three league games, their most recent win coming against south-London side Millwall at The Den, with goals from Whittingham and Noone securing a comfortable 2-0 victory.


TEAM NEWS:
Crystal Palace: Paddy McCarthy remains on the sidelines, and Danny Gabbidon is still a few weeks away from full match-fitness. Kagisho Dikgacoi should be fit after suffering minor concussion against Nottingham Forest midweek, and Jonny Williams is rated as 50/50 after picking up a knock in midweek. Darcy Blake missed the game on Tuesday but could be in contention tomorrow.

Cardiff City: Ben Turner could return to the matchday squad after sitting out the victory against Millwall with a foot injury. Nicky Maynard will not feature after suffering a twisted knee against Millwall in which he was stretchered off, and joins Stephen McPhail (hamstring) and Rudy Gestede (knee) on the sidelines. Robert Earnshaw has joined Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv on loan until the end of the season.


MATCH OFFICIALS:
Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistants: Neil Hair and Carl Brook
Fourth Official: Oleksandr Saliy


TICKETS:
Category B prices apply for this game

Main Stand
Adults £30.00 
Concessions and Students £20.00
Under 18s £15.00

Lower Holmesdale
Adults £22.00
Concessions and Students £15.00
Under 18s £15.00

Upper Holmesdale
Adults £25.00
Concessions and Students £15.00
Under 18s £15.00

Gallery
Adults £30.00
Concessions and Students £20.00
Croydon Adv & Fam J
Adults £20.00
Concessions and Students £15.00
Under 18s £10.00

Arthur Wait
Adults £26.00
Concessions and Students £15.00
Under 18s £15.00

Tickets are available online to all customers although a booking fee of £1.25 will be charged to all non-season ticket holders and non-members for these games.


HEAD TO HEAD RECORD (home and away):
Palace winsDrawsCardiff wins
League261814
FA Cup000
League Cup311
Total291915


PREVIOUS HOME ENCOUNTERS WITH CARDIFF:
Crystal Palace and Cardiff City first locked horns back in the 1931/1932 season, and Palace were victorious in the English Division 3 South fixture winning 5-0. The two teams played against each other for seven consecutive seasons after this encounter, with Cardiff winning only once away from home. 

In the old English Division 2, back in 1964, Cardiff again became permanent visitors to Crystal Palace and faired much better. Cardiff managed to pick up two draws out of six ties, Palace won four including a League Cup match in 1969, ending 3-1 to the Eagles.

During the 1970s and 80s, Cardiff faired a similar record on away soil against Crystal Palace winning one, drawing two and losing four.

In the new millennium, Palace were put up against Cardiff in the Worthington Cup First Round, which was contested over two legs. On the 23rd August 2000, a 2-1 win for Palace gave the Eagles a slender advantage going into the second leg (which ended 0-0). Goals from Clinton Morrison and Neil Ruddock put Crystal Palace 2-0 up, with Scott Young replying for the Welsh side in the second half. Eagles new-boy Danny Gabbidon featured for Cardiff in this tie.

In recent years Cardiff City have got the better of Palace, winning at Selhurst Park in four of the last seven league games held in the Championship. In these victories, Cardiff have scored eight goals and conceded only three. Last season, Cardiff City faced Palace four times after a roller-coaster two-legged semi-final tie in the League Cup. Cardiff won here in the league on the last match of last season to seal a play-off spot, with goals from Peter Whittingham and Don Cowie cancelling out Wilfried Zaha's first half goal.

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