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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. Crystal Palace

1 May 2019

The Bluebirds face Crystal Palace at CCS this Saturday for our final Premier League home fixture of 2018/19 season...

The opposition

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The Eagles travel to South Wales in 12th position in the Premier League standings and have accumulated 43 points this campaign. Our counterparts most recent encounter ended in a goalless stalemate at Selhurst Park against Marco Silva’s Everton – stretching their run to nine Premier League meetings without a win against the Toffees.

Crystal Palace’s captain Luka Milivojević is the Eagles’ top goal scorer this campaign having scored 12 goals in all competitions – three goals ahead of Wilfried Zaha.

In the hot seat

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Former England boss Roy Hodgson joined the Eagles back in September 2017, following the departure of Frank de Boer who secured only one win from his opening five matches at the club. The Croydon-born manager sealed an 11th place finish during last season’s campaign, after taking charge of the club when they were placed at the foot of the table. Hodgson boasts a wealth of experience in the dugout and has managed over 700 matches in his managerial career.

Prior to his current stint at the Eagles, the 71-year-old managed several sides in England including Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion before he was appointed England boss in May 2012. Additionally, when he managed Copenhagen the club won the Danish Superliga title during their 2000-2001 campaign alongside the Danish Super Cup the same season.

Memorable Meeting

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Cardiff City 1-0 Crystal Palace (agg 1-1, pens 3-1) - 24th January 2012

Tom Heaton’s penalty shoot-out heroics sent the Bluebirds into the League Cup final.

The Bluebirds hit the ground running at CCS and levelled the aggregate score after just seven minutes played. Darcy Blake fed Don Cowie down the right-flank, who whipped a dangerous cross into the box, which saw the Scotsman’s cross bundled into his own net by Anthony Gardner.

The home side went on to dominate the second-leg. Peter Whittingham, Anthony Gerrard, Kenny Miller, Filip Kiss and Aron Gunnarsson all went close - but the game went all the way to penalties.

Former Rangers forward Miller blazed the Bluebirds’ first penalty over, but Heaton got the home side back on track after denying Jermaine Easter and Sean Scannell. Craig Conway converted the second spot-kick and Gestede and Whittingham both kept their cool to steer the Bluebirds into a 3-1 lead. Jonathan Parr stepped up knowing he had to score to keep the Eagles in the tie, but he fired wide of the target which sent the Bluebirds to Wembley, sparking jubilant celebrations.

Club links

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Eagles starlet Wilfried Zaha signed for the Bluebirds on-loan during our 2013-2014 Premier League campaign. The 26-year-old joined the Bluebirds from Manchester United after he failed to secure a regular first-team place at the Red Devils and whilst at the Bluebirds made 12 Premier League appearances. The Ivorian-born forward has run out 321 times for our opponents in all competitions during two stints, netting a combined total of 52 goals.

Former Bluebirds midfielder Joe Ledley netted six times for our Croydon-based opposition during 97 appearances. The Welsh international joined our counterparts in January 2014 after he departed Scottish Premiership outfit Celtic. The Cardiff-born midfielder began his career at the Bluebirds and represented the club 256 times in all competitions, scoring 30 times. Danny Gabbidon put pen-to-paper to a deal with the Bluebirds in September 2000. The Cwmbran-born defender ran out 219 times for City before joining West Ham United in the summer of 2005. Six years later, he signed for the Eagles and went on to make 35 appearances for the club.

CPFC_Preview_05.jpgHuddersfield-born Cameron Jerome made 28 Crystal Palace Premier League appearances during their 2013-2014 season whilst on-loan from Stoke City. The 32-year-old made his debut for the Bluebirds in October 2004 and featured 79 times for the club during his spell in South Wales.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Cardiff City 2-3 Crystal Palace

4 May 2019

Cardiff City fell to a 2-3 defeat at CCS on Saturday evening...

With this result, Cardiff City's league position for the campaign was confirmed. The Bluebirds will play in the Sky Bet Championship in the 2019/20 season after finishing 18th.

Neil Warnock made three changes to the side that played against Fulham in their last match, including a start for Danny Ward, which was his first since playing against Manchester City in September.

The Bluebirds wasted no time in trying to open the scoring, as Josh Murphy unleashed a powerful shot from outside the area within a minute of play that took a deflection and hit the outside of the post. Palace pushed back shortly afterwards, and though their cross flew into City's area it was met in the air by the head of Sean Morrison, who cleared the threat.

Víctor Camarasa was forced to make an early exit from the match with ten minutes played, after an earlier collision while contesting for the ball left him with a leg injury. Leandro Bacuna replaced him.

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Wilfried Zaha was given possession inside City's box at the quarter hour mark, but Aron Gunnarsson was at hand to battle the winger for the ball and took it from him. Zaha later hit the side netting with a shot from an acute angle at short distance, and eventually took the lead for Palace before the half hour mark with a low shot from the edge of the area.

The visitors did not hold the lead for long, however. Two minutes later Josh Murphy’s long ball found Bacuna on the wing, and the midfielder crossed the ball in for Danny Ward to meet. The cross was instead met by defender Martin Kelly, who accidentally kicked the ball past ‘keeper Vicente Guaita and into the back of his own net.

Michy Batshuayi’s goal five minutes before half-time put the visitors ahead again, leaving City to search of another equaliser. Two successive corners for the Bluebirds were subsequently delivered by Murphy, each nearly resulting in a goal through Bruno Ecuele Manga and Bobby Decordova-Reid, respectively.

Ward had the first chance for either side following the interval, shooting from inside the area, however his effort flew high and wide. Shortly afterwards things ended similarly at the other end, as Batshuayi missed from in front of goal.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing provided City with their next big chance, utilising his pace to burst down the right wing and whip in a fantastic cross towards an unmarked Josh Murphy. Murphy took his shot on the volley, but hooked it into the side netting.

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With an hour gone, Murphy again had the chance to equalise for City. Mendez-Laing laid the ball off for the winger inside the area, but his curling effort was deflected by Martin Kelly, who made up for his previous blunder.

Substitute Ken Zohore was put through on goal by Decordova-Reid a minute later, but he was unable to beat Guaita, who had come out to meet the striker's advance.

Andros Townsend doubled Palace’s lead with twenty minutes to go as his shot from range went past the fingers of Neil Etheridge and in off the bar.

The Bluebirds kept pushing to find their way back into the game, as Mendez-Laing and substitute Junior Hoilett got shots away, only to be stopped by the ‘keeper.

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Decordova-Reid scored in the ninetieth minute with a terrific strike from outside the area, giving the Bluebirds three minutes of injury time to find an equaliser. However, a third goal proved too much to ask, and the match ended at a score of 3-2 to Crystal Palace.

The result means that Cardiff City will finish in 18th place in the Premier League, and joining the Sky Bet Championship in the 2019/20 season.

FINAL SCORE: CARDIFF CITY 2-3 CRYSTAL PALACE

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Peltier, Bennett, Morrison, Ecuele, Manga, Ward (Zohore 60'), Murphy (Hoilett 80'), Decordova-Reid, Gunnarsson, Mendez-Laing, Camarasa (Bacuna 10'). Subs not used: Murphy, Richards, Cunningham, Healey.

Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Milivojevic, Dann, Townsend (Kouyaté 84'), Zaha, Ayew (Meyer 78'), McArthur, Batshuayi (Sako 73'), Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Subs not used: Hennessey, van Aanholt, Wickham, Riedewald.

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