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Cardiff City v Crystal Palace: Is It Goodbye From Wales?

Cardiff Could Fall Through The Trap Door If Results Don’t Go Their Way This Weekend And They Beat Away Day Form Team Crystal Palace. Team News. Manager Comments. Stats, And Prediction.

By: Marc Gingell

This season Cardiff replaced Swansea as the Welsh representative in the Premier League but it looks like they will be one season wonders! Unless the script has been written, with a last minute miracle escape plot, with a win today and another one at Old Trafford next Sunday!

Cardiff might deserve that, and they’ve had a tough old season, but the Premier League is a tough old league with no room for sentiment!

Match Details

4/5/2019 Cardiff City Stadium Cardiff City v Crystal Palace
KO:17:30 REF: M Oliver

Cardiff Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Sol Bamba Knee injury. Matthew Connolly Ankle injury. Callum Paterson Ankle injury. Joe Ralls Hamstring injury.
  • 50% Chance of Playing: Harry Arter Calf injury.
  • 75% Chance of Playing: Aron Gunnarsson Muscle injury

Crystal Palace Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Jeffrey Schlupp Ankle injury. Mamadou Sakho Knee injury. James Tomkins Groin injury.
  • 25% Chance of Playing: Pape Souaré Knock. Christian Benteke Facial Injury.

Roy Hodgson Feels Some “Empathy” For Cardiff

“Whether the pressure will get to them – only the game will tell.

I don’t believe in the fact you do relegate them. I don’t subscribe to that. The game that brings about the inevitable – it’s not the 37th game that relegates them.

I’m pretty certain we won’t need to feel anything other than empathy – which you feel for all managers.”

Opta Stats

  • Cardiff have failed to score in all three of their Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace, losing twice and drawing the other.
  • Crystal Palace have only won one of their last nine away league games against Cardiff (D4 L4).
  • Defeat for Cardiff will see them relegated back to the Championship.
  • Cardiff have lost eight of their last 10 Premier League games, with victories against West Ham and Brighton the only exceptions in that run.
  • Since the turn of the year, only Manchester City (21) have won more away points in the Premier League than Crystal Palace (16). The Eagles have won four of their last five on the road, losing only at Spurs in that run.
  • Crystal Palace have kept a clean sheet in their last four away league games against promoted sides (W3 D1), winning each of the last three by a 2-0 scoreline.
  • Only Huddersfield Town (14) have lost more home league games than Cardiff this season (10).
  • Since his first season as a Football League manager in 1987, Cardiff manager Neil Warnock has won 13 of his 25 meetings with Crystal Palace in all competitions – the only sides he’s beaten more in his managerial career in England are Preston and Wolves (14 each).
  • If Cardiff lose and are relegated it will be manager Neil Warnock’s third relegation from the top-flight, with each one coming with a different club in a different decade (Notts County 1991-92, Sheffield United 2006-07).
  • Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has scored five goals in his last six away league games. Indeed, eight of his nine strikes in total this season have come on the road.

Prediction

Palace are already safe and are second only to Manchester City in terms of points won on the road this calendar year. Last time out they went into the Gunners patch and beat them 3-2.

With Swansea relegated last season, this could be the last Premier League game played in Wales for a few seasons. Unless Cardiff can pull off a Premier League miracle!

Cardiff 2 Crystal Palace 1

 

 

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