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PREVIEW: CARDIFF CITY v CRYSTAL PALACE

4 April 2014

Cardiff City v Crystal Palace
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
Date: Saturday, 5th April, KO 3pm
Match-tag:#CARPAL (Live tweets on @CardiffCityFC)
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Cardiff City take on Tony Pulis’ Crystal Palace at Cardiff City Stadium in a crucial Barclays Premier League tie at Cardiff City Stadium.

MATCH FACTS

-    Crystal Palace have won none of their last nine visits to Cardiff City in all competitions (D4 L5).
-    The Eagles have averaged one goal every 13 shots this season, the lowest conversion rate in the top flight.
-    Cardiff are the only team in the top flight not to see a penalty kick in any of their games this season.
-    David Marshall has made more saves than any other Premier League goalkeeper this season (127).
-    Palace have scored fewer goals away from home than any other team in the top flight (6) and have failed to find the net in five of their last six road trips.
-    Crystal Palace have won just two of their last 28 Premier League games away from home, losing 19.
-    Cardiff have netted 10 goals in their last four games; as many as the team had scored in the previous Premier League 18 matches.

KEY PLAYER: Mile Jedinak



Palace captain Mile Jedinak has proved influential in the Eagles’ midfield once again this campaign, form which saw new manager Tony Pulis hand the Australian International a new three-and-a-half-year deal in his first few days in charge. Jedinak is Palace’s most regular performer in the engine room making 31 appearances in the Premier League so far this season.

ONES TO WATCH: Jason Puncheon



The Eagles’ fiery winger has proven his Premier League ability once again this campaign following his summer move from Southampton. Scoring three goals in 27 appearances in the Premier League so far, Puncheon proved influential in last weekend’s 1-0 victory over title challenging Chelsea.

RECENT FORM (ALL COMPETITIONS):

Cardiff City: LLWLLD
Last time out: West Bromwich Albion 3-3 Cardiff City – Saturday, 29th March, Barclays Premier League.



A late Mats Møller Dæhli equaliser in the last seconds of stoppage time snatched what could be a vital Barclays Premier League point for Cardiff City at the Hawthorns.

Team - Cardiff City: Marshall; Fabio (Zaha 36), Turner, Caulker (C), Theophile-Catherine, Taylor; Medel (Whittingham 87), Mutch, Gunnarsson (Dæhli 45); Bellamy, Campbell. Subs not used: Lewis; Jones, Cowie, Cala.

Crystal Palace:  LDLDLW
Last time out: Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea – Saturday 29th March, Barclays Premier League.



Crystal Palace pulled off one of the shock results of the season at Selhurst Park last weekend as a determined display was rewarded by a John Terry own-goal and 1-0 victory over title challenging Chelsea. 

Team – Crystal Palace: Speroni, Dann, Mariappa, Ward, Delaney, Puncheon (Parr, 89), Dikgacoi, Bolasie (O'Keefe, 70), Jedinak, Jerome (Murray, 88), Ledley. Subs not used: McCarthy, Hennessey, Ince, Bannan.    

LAST COMPETITIVE MEETING:

2013/14: Saturday, 7th December 2013, Barclays Premier League – Crystal Palace 2-0 Cardiff City



Goals from former Bluebird Cameron Jerome and a second-half strike from Marouane Chamakh consigned Cardiff City to defeat at Selhurst Park. The Palace front men were influential throughout as goals either side of half-time claimed all three points for the Eagles.

Teams - Cardiff City: Marshall, Caulker (C), Turner, Whittingham, Medel, Campbell (Cornelius 68), Kim (Odemwingie 60), Mutch, Cowie (Noone 45), Theophile-Catherine, John. Subs not used: Lewis; Connolly, Hudson, Gunnarsson.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey (Mariappa 25), Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Bannan (O'Keefe 84), Puncheon, Chamakh, Jerome. Subs not used: Price, Williams, Kebe, Gayle, Phillips.

REFEREE: Phil Dowd

Phil Dowd started refereeing at the age of 21 and has enjoyed a lengthy career at the top level of English football since being promoted to the Premier League list in 2001.
He was first appointed as a Football League official in 1997 and quickly progressed. Four years later, he was promoted to the Select Group of referees and took charge of his first Premier League match when Fulham met Everton in December of that year.

Dowd last officiated a City match in March, taking charge of the Bluebirds’ trip to White Hart Lane and a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

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