Crystal Palace v Cardiff City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 24, 2018
Selhurst Park - Premier League
There’s plenty of festive cheer at Selhurst Park following last weekend’s incredible victory at Manchester City - can Crystal Palace keep that going here? Cardiff City are the visitors on Boxing Day, after they fell to a heavy defeat at home to Manchester United last time out.
Crystal Palace won 2-0 home before an even more convincing 3-0 victory in Cardiff the last time the teams were in the same division together, which was the 2013/14 Premier League campaign. Before that, each team won three of their previous six meetings in the Championship.
Christian Benteke continues to miss out for Palace, who’ve been linked with a January move for Chelsea misfit Michy Batshuayi. At the other end, Roy Hodgson is hoping to have goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey back from injury, while Martin Kelly and Cheikhou Kouyate could also be in contention.
The visitors are hoping to have Joe Bennett back in the fold after a hip injury, while Neil Warnock has two more players in a race to be fit. Danny Ward is receiving treatment for a knee injury, while Jazz Richards’s hamstring strain is likely to keep him out. Richards could be back for the final game of the year though.
Crystal Palace v Cardiff City Preview and Predictions
Both of these teams played against the two Manchester clubs at the weekend, and got very different results. In fact, the results were probably the reverse of what you might’ve expected. Palace shocked the champions in beating City 3-2, while Cardiff received a 3-2 drubbing at the hands of United.
Palace put in an exceptional performance to see off Pep Guardiola’s side, with the Eagles 3-1 up and relatively comfortable until the final few minutes. Andros Townsend scored a genuine goal of the season contender, but Hodgon’s side also put in a display full of defensive discipline to pull off the victory.
The Eagles are looking to make it three wins on the bounce here, and they’re priced at 4/6 to do so. Cardiff meanwhile are 19/4 to take all three points, which would treble their tally on the road for the season so far.
The Bluebirds became the first team to concede five goals to Manchester United in five and a half years on Saturday, while their only point away from home came against Huddersfield. Warnock would probably take a draw if offered prior to kick-off, and it’s priced at 3/1.
Palace to win to nil at 9/5
The Eagles are flying after victories over City and Leicester., while Cardiff are at a low after losing their last two matches.
Townsend to score first at 7/1
The English forward should be full of Christmas cheer after his stunning 30-yard volley, and he’ll be keen to find the target once again here.