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Preview: Cardiff City v Palace

4 April 2014


ABOUT
Crystal Palace travel to Cardiff City off the back of a memorable 1-0 victory over Chelsea last time out. 

That win gave the Eagles a five-point cushion over the bottom three with seven games of their season to go.

Cardiff have one fewer game left to save themselves from the drop and will see Saturday’s clash as a must-win game if they are to stay in the Premier League. 

The Bluebirds rescued a morale-boosting point against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns last time out, as a deflected stoppage time strike from Mats Delhi earned them a 3-3 draw. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have won just two league games in 2014 though, although both of those did come at the Cardiff City Stadium against bottom half sides, with a 2-1 success over Norwich City in February backed up by last month’s 3-1 win against Fulham. 

The Welsh outfit, who have scored three goals in three of their last four games, will be hoping their newfound eye for goal will be enough to break down a Palace defence that has only conceded 12 goals in their 13 Premier League games since the turn of the year.

TEAM NEWS
Cardiff City: Wilfried Zaha could feature against his former club this weekend. The ex-Palace winger has made eight appearances since joining Cardiff on loan from Manchester United in January and is yet to line up against his boyhood club since departing in the summer. 

Another former Eagle, Mark Hudson, is ruled out of the game though with a hamstring injury, while Craig Noone could return from his muscle problem to boost the Bluebirds’ survival hopes. 

Crystal Palace: Marouane Chamakh is back in training and could be named in Tony Pulis’ 18 for the trip to south Wales. The Moroccan striker hasn’t played since picking up a hamstring strain the last time Palace crossed the River Severn – when they drew 1-1 with Swansea last month.

Fellow frontman Dwight Gayle is also recovering well from the ankle knock he picked up in training, but Saturday’s game comes too soon for the former Peterborough man.

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Phil Dowd
Assistants: M Mullarkey and P Bankes 
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Cardiff winsDrawsPalace wins
League151828
FA Cup000
League Cup113
Total161931

LAST MEETING AT THE CARDIFF CITY STADIUM
There is a five-point gap between the sides going into Saturday’s clash – and Cardiff opened up the same lead over Palace at the top of the Championship after triumphing 2-1 the last time they met in south Wales.

The two promotion-chasing sides faced off at the Cardiff City Stadium on Boxing Day 2012 – and Mile Jedinak gave the Eagles the perfect start by nodding home the opening goal with just four minutes on the clock.

Cardiff drew level just before half-time though when Craig Bellamy got clear down the left and cut back for Craig Noone to slam home the equaliser.

And Bellamy turned provider again for the winning goal 17 minutes from time, as his corner was converted by Aron Gunnarsson to give Cardiff a huge three points in the promotion race. 

MATCHDAY INFORMATION
Tickets in the away end at the Cardiff City Stadium are now completely sold out. Crystal Palace Football Club would advise supporters not to travel to the game unless they are in possession of a valid match ticket.

Cardiff City have produced an Away Fan Guide for the 2013/14 season, which can be accessed online by CLICKING HERE.

BETTING
Cardiff: 5/4
Draw: 9/4
Palace: 11/5
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LIVE COVERAGE 
Commentary from all 90 minutes at Selhurst Park will be available live and uninterrupted on Palace Player. CLICK HERE to log in or sign up to our award-winning service. 

Alternatively, you can follow minute-by-minute text updates from the game by following the club’s official Twitter account, @Official_CPFC, or by checking out #EaglesFeed.


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