Cardiff will look to keep their Premier League survival hopes alive when they host Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Bluebirds were heavy favorites to go down when the season started. Despite their stellar Championship season, Neil Warnock was going to find life difficult in the Premier League considering the resources he had. That has proved to be the case, though Cardiff have fought through to stand a chance of survival. With two games to go in the season, there is an outside chance that the Welsh side can avoid the drop.
They are currently 18th in the table, four points behind Brighton. The Seagulls are the only side Cardiff can catch, and Warnock will be hoping that Arsenal defeat them on Sunday. If Cardiff lose this one, their relegation will be confirmed.
They will travel to Old Trafford in the final round of fixtures. Saturday’s game is much easier on paper, and Warnock will want his side to maximize the opportunity.
Cardiff have lost four out of their last five league games. Fulham defeated them last time, as a goal from Ryan Babel was enough for a 1-0 defeat. Cardiff have been better at home, and the home faithful will want to see a better performance. Fulham dominated the game at Craven Cottage, and Cardiff had little to offer in response. These two sides met earlier in December, and the game at Selhurst Park finished goalless.
Palace are comfortably in mid-table, but they will want to upset Cardiff’s apple cart. Roy Hodgson’s side is in 12th place with 43 points. A top-half finish is out of their reach, as Watford are in 10th place with 50 points. Their recent form has been erratic, winning two and losing two of the last five league games.
They claimed an impressive 3-1 win at the Emirates two weeks ago. Christian Benteke had a goal and an assist in the game, and Palace fans will hope that his form will continue. Wilfried Zaha also scored against Arsenal in that game, and the winger has been crucial to Palace yet again this season. Last week they drew 0-0 with Everton, which was yet another low-scoring game at Selhurst Park. Their home record is the second-worst in the league, and only Huddersfield are below them.
On the contrary, their away form is the sixth-best in the league. Palace have won 8 games on the road, which is just one less than Manchester United and Chelsea. Hodgson will be hoping that the away form continues as they travel to Wales. Cardiff have a couple of injury problems, as Harry Arter and Aron Gunnarsson are doubtful.
Cardiff vs Crystal Palace Prediction
The game will be a tight one, as Warnock will set his side like always. Palace are also not proficient scorers, and the first goal will be crucial in this one. The total goals should be less than 2.5 for the match. Cardiff will play for their lives as they attempt to save their season.
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