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Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs. Cardiff City

24 December 2018

The Bluebirds travel to Selhurst Park on Boxing Day…

Away tickets for this fixture have sold out! Scroll down for Boxing Day travel information.

In the hot seat

Former England manager, Roy Hodgson joined Crystal Palace in September 2017, following the departure of Frank De Boer. Born in Croydon, Hodgson guided his home-town team to an 11th place finish last campaign, with the side having being bottom before his arrival.

Before joining the Eagles, Hodgson managed 15 other clubs along with four international sides. The 71 year old notably took charge of clubs such as Inter Milan, Liverpool, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion. He also guided the English national team to three major tournaments during a four year spell from 2012.

Squad info

The Eagles return to home soil following a stunning 3-2 victory away at Manchester City, in which they brought to an end the only 100% home record in the top six tiers.

That surprise win took them up to 14th in the Premier League table - three places and four points above the Bluebirds.

Palace will be without Belgium international, Christian Benteke for the Boxing Day clash. The 28 year old forward is expected to return to full fitness, following a knee injury, in the new year.

Meanwhile, Wayne Hennessey, Martin Kelly and Cheikhou Kouyaté are also doubts for the Eagles.

Memorable meeting

Cardiff City 2-1 Crystal Palace – 26th December 2012

The Bluebirds entertained the Eagles for a Boxing Day clash during our Championship title winning season of 2012/13. Against the fellow automatic promotion contenders, a determined Cardiff City side earned all three points to claim 11 wins from 12 league home matches, so far that campaign.

It wasn’t an easy start for the hosts though as they trailed after just four minutes. From a corner, Australian international Mile Jedinak put the lively visitors ahead. Winger Wilfried Zaha almost extended the lead when his curling effort smashed against the woodwork from range, with Glenn Murray striking the far post from the rebound.

However City pushed for an equaliser and were rewarded just before the interval as Craig Bellamy set up Craig Noone to emphatically curl home from the edge of the area.

The second half was a reversal of the first with the home side firmly in the driving seat. Persistence from the Bluebirds led to an Aron Gunnarsson winner, with 17 minutes remaining. The Icelandic captain headed home via the crossbar from a pinpoint Bellamy corner to make it 2-1. That recorded City's 16th win of the season, extended a five-point lead at the summit of the table.

Playing connections

A number of players have represented both Cardiff City and Crystal Palace in recent years, including Palace's Zaha. The 26 year old joined Cardiff City on loan from Manchester United on January 2014; making 13 appearances. This followed a £15 million move to Old Trafford from the Eagles the previous campaign. The Ivorian however, permanently re-joined Palace on February 2015. So far this season, the number 11 has tallied three goals in 15 appearances. 

Joe Ledley is another name to feature for both sides. The Welsh international began his career in South Wales in 2004 and scored 36 goals in 226 appearances up until 2010.

Following three and a half seasons with Celtic, Ledley joined the Eagles in January 2014. Across four seasons he helped to keep Palace in the top-flight, also netting six goals in 97 games.

From September 2000, Defender Danny Gabbidon made exactly 200 league appearances for City before signing for West Ham United in July 2005. In 2012, Gabbidon joined Palace, following six years with the Hammers and one season at Queens Park Rangers.

The centre-half helped guide Palace to Championship promotion and safety in the Premier League after two seasons at the club. Gabbidon then re-joined City in 2014 and acted as an interim manager from September 2014 before Russell Slade’s appointment the following month.

The likes of Cameron Jerome, Darcy Blake, Jordon Mutch and Marouane Chamakh have also plied their trade for both sides.

Away Supporter Information

Away tickets for our Boxing Day clash have sold out - thank you for your support!

Travel info from Crystal Palace: Supporters attending Palace’s home matches over the festive period should be aware that there will be severe disruptions to public transport services.

Trains

There will be NO train services calling at Norwood Junction, Selhurst or Thornton Heath stations.

East Croydon (2 miles from Selhurst Park) will be open and services will be operating from this station, but will be limited.

Please check the Southern website to plan your journey: www.southernrailway.com.

Buses and Trams

A Sunday service will operate on Boxing Day for local buses and trams.

Plan your journey: https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey.

Please check bus routes on this page: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/bus-route-maps/selhurst-a4.pdf.

Cars

If you are travelling by car, please note that parking around the stadium is extremely limited on public roads. There is no public parking at the stadium. We strongly encourage car sharing.

There are disabled parking bays in the Sainsbury’s car park, available on a first come, first served basis.

Drivers may find suitable parking spaces by visiting driveway rental sites at your own risk.

The Directors’ Car Park is for permit holders only and will be closing at 14.00; enter via Holmesdale Road.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Crystal Palace 0-0 Cardiff City

26 December 2018

Cardiff City gained a Premier League point away from home with a goalless draw at Selhurst Park on Boxing Day.

Neil Warnock made five changes from the side that started against Manchester United on Saturday, among them was Bobby Decordova-Reid, replacing Callum Paterson up front.

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend got the first chance of the match, as he struck City’s crossbar from close range with less than two minutes played. Former Cardiff City player Wilfried Zaha shot from distance minutes later, though the ball drifted wide.

Neil Etheridge saved a driving shot from Luka Milivojević as play reached the quarter hour mark. Joe Ralls made a crucial tackle and clearance shortly afterwards, disrupting the home side’s attack as it was about to enter City’s box.

Having weathered the storm, City looked dangerous with half an hour played, getting a series of chances on goal. Hoilett stung the palms of ‘keeper Vicente GuaitaBobby Decordova-Reid headed a cross over the bar, and Joe Ralls’ curling shot from range only a minute later again tested Guaita.

Play again intensified as the interval loomed. Both sides each almost scored within 30 seconds of each other, with Etheridge tipping a shot wide and Kadeem Harris making a crucial sliding tackle to deny another attack by the hosts.

The end-to-end action continued thoughout the second half, as Hoilett's shot on goal was followed by two corners for the hosts all within three minutes of play. 

Palace midfielder Cheikhou Kouyaté’s shot following a particularly dangerous move from the hosts flew high over Etheridge from close range shortly afterwards.

After the hour mark, the newly-introduced Connor Wickham twice missed from close range, following incisive crosses from Zaha.

And Palace struck the post from a free-kick as Milivojevic curled the ball from the edge of the box. At the other end, Harris’ shot on goal was deftly palmed away moments later following some inspired counterplay by the Bluebirds.

Bruno Ecuele Manga made the most important tackle of the match with less than ten minutes remaining. Zaha took the ball into the box at pace, with Manga hot on his heels. The Gabonese international slid and got a touch on the ball as Zaha pulled the trigger, sending it out for a corner.

A crucial Ralls clearance at one end was followed by a chance for Manga at the other, as the game ended in similar style. However, the full-time whistle then blew as City secured an important point away from home at Selhurst Park.

FULL-TIME: CRYSTAL PALACE 0-0 CARDIFF CITY

CRYSTAL PALACE: Guaita, van Aanholt, Milivojevic (C), Tomkins, Meyer (Wickham 62)’, Kouyaté, Townsend, Zaha, Sakho, McArthur, Wan-Bissaka. SUBS NOT USED: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Ayew, Schlupp, Puncheon.

CARDIFF CITY: Etheridge, Peltier, Bennett, Morrison (C), Manga, Ralls, Reid, Camarasa (Gunnarsson 90), Bamba, Harris, Hoilett (Arter 90). SUBS NOT USED: Smithies, Murphy, Cunningham, Mendez-Laing, Madine.

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Ticket News

Crystal Palace vs. Cardiff City: Sold Out!

Selhurst Park, Wednesday 26th December 2018. KO: 3pm.

19 December 2018

Update (19/12/18) - away tickets for this fixture have now sold out. Thank you for your support!

Ticket Prices:

Adult: £30.00
Ambulant/Wheelchair Access Adult: £20.00
Senior 65 and over: £20.00
Student (with Valid Id) £20.00
18-21Yrs: £20.00
17 and Under: £16.00
Personal Assistant (if required): Free of charge

We have a limited number of tickets marked as restricted view which will carry a discount of £2 for Adults and £1 for Ambulant Disabled Adults, Seniors 65+, Ambulant Disabled Seniors 65+, Students With valid ID, Ambulant Disabled Students With valid ID, 18-21yrs, Ambulant Disabled 18-21yrs, Juniors 17 and under and Ambulant Disabled Juniors 17 and under.

On Sale Date + Selling Structure:

10am on Tues, 27th November 2018 until 9:59am on Mon, 3rd December 2018.

  • Tickets will become available to current Season Ticket Holders who have attended 3 or more away league games during the 2018/19 season
  • Tickets will also become available to current Club Members, and Flex5+ Holders who have attended 4 or more away league games during the 2018/19 season

From 10am on Mon, 3rd December 2018

  • Remaining tickets will become available to current Season Ticket Holders, Club Members, and Flex5+ Members

Qualifying 2018/19 away league games – up to and including Liverpool (A).

Strictly one ticket per qualifying supporter.

All tickets are subject to availability.

033 33 11 1920
www.eticketing.co.uk/cardiffcity

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