The final away trip of the season is upon us and with that, the last game in front of the live television cameras for the Eagles this season.
South London’s finest have had their fair share of television coverage this season, with mixed results. Regardless, Roy Hodgson will be keen for it not to be a distraction as he clearly wants the club to finish as high up the Premier League table as possible with 11th place a real possibility which would match last season.
Travelling to South Wales they will face a side desparate for the points to remain in with an opportunity of avoiding relegation but they will have to hope results elsewhere go their way. Former boss Neil Warnock will have his side well drilled and will know that they must do everything they can to seal a win. It will be a difficult proposition though even in front of their home crowd as Palace have saved their best form on the road.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins and Jeffrey Schlupp miss out through injury. Christian Benteke is a doubt.
CARDIFF CITY – Sol Bamba, Callum Paterson, Matthew Connolly and Joe Ralls are all injured while Harry Arter, Aron Gunnarsson and Kenneth Zahore are doubts.
The last time the two sides met was back in December which was the first time in over four years since the previous match. It was a dour affair with the hosts unable to breakdown the visitors from South Wales as neither team could find the back of the net even with Palace’s 31 shots. Both Luka Milivojevic and Andros Townsend hit the woodwork as the Eagles did everything but score.
Who Scored man of the match – Wilfried Zaha (8.0)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 26/12/2018 Crystal Palace 0-0 Cardiff City
- 05/04/2014 Cardiff City 0-3 Crystal Palace
- 07/12/2013 Crystal Palace 2-0 Cardiff City
- 26/12/2012 Cardiff City 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 22/09/2012 Crystal Palace 3-2 Cardiff City
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 27/04/2019 Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
- 21/04/2019 Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace
- 14/04/2019 Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester City
- 06/04/2019 Newcastle United 0-1 Crystal Palace
- 03/04/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Cardiff;
- 27/04/2019 Fulham 1-0 Cardiff City
- 21/04/2019 Cardiff City 0-2 Liverpool
- 16/04/2019 Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Cardiff City
- 13/04/2019 Burnley 2-0 Cardiff City
- 03/04/2019 Manchester city 2-0 Cardiff City
THE RECORD AGAINST CARDIFF
- Played 68
- Won 32
- Drawn 20
- Lost 16
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.30
- Luka Milivojevic 7.18
- Sol Bamba 7.15
- Sean Morrison 6.98
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Valencia, Alcoyano, Levante, Alaves (loan), Betis
The 24 year old midfielder joined the Bluebirds in the summer on a season long loan and has impressed at the newly promoted club. He made his professional debut for Levante in 2013 and after a successful spell at Alaves, a move to Real Betis took place. The Spaniard has appeared at youth level for his country but has yet to make his full international debut.
LUKA MILIVOJEVIC v LEANDRO BACUNA
The young Cardiff midfielder impressed in the game at Selhurst with his calm assurance on the ball and good touch. He is also strong in the tackle and will provide good opposition to the Palace midfielder in a battle that will likely have a say on the outcome of this fixture. The former Villa man would be worthwhile being added to the Palace radar in the summer.
The visitors have nothing to play for while the hosts have everything. The home crowd will be desperate to see their side take all three points in the hope that they can take it to the last day of the season to stay in the top division. Considering many had the Welsh club down before a ball was kicked in this campaign, they have done well to get to this stage of the season with their destiny still to be decided. It could all work either way, with Palace being free from the shackles of their terrible home form and Cardiff with nothing to lose. The Eagles away form just tips it for us so we are going for a Palace win.
- TEB prediction – away win
- View From The Ninian prediction (see link below) – home win
- Who Scored prediction – away win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 7/5
- Draw – 5/2
- Away – 13/8
- Both teams to score – 13/20