Cardiff City’s future isn’t looking very good as they are currently on the edge of relegation, three points behind 17th place, but playing more games. Ole Gunnar Solsjaer’s side only registered one win in their last six games, with four loses, and recently managed to get a point last weekend. A much need win against Crystal Palace will narrow down the points gap which will later decide who stays up and who goes down. Solsjaer is looking to make a few changes from his draw at the weekend with two defensive swaps and one midfield swap. Ben Turner and Andrew Taylor looks to make way for Cala and Declan John in the five man defense with Kim Bo-Kyung who didn’t play in last weeks match, to come on for Aron Gunnarsson.
Crystal Palace (4-4-1-1): Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Puncheon, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Bolasie, Ledley, Jerome
Tony Pulis will be in high hopes after managing to beat Chelsea at the weekend as his team look to widen the gap from the relegation zone. However, before the 1-0 victory against The Blues at the weekend, Crystal Palace only managed to record three losses and two draws. With Palace in 16th place, a win could prove vital because they only trail 12th place Aston Villa by three points. Pulis will most probably keep the same team he used at the weekend hoping for another vital three points. Marouane Chamakh and Dwight Gayle are still out injured with his replacement, Cameron Jerome leading the lines and Joe Ledly playing closely behind.
— Dale Perry (@Daleos1) March 31, 2014
Cardiff need to fight like Crystal Palace
— Zaha (@Jamalarish) March 29, 2014
Goals from Cameron Jerome and Marouane Chamakh ensured Crytal Palace went home with all three points in with a 2-0 win over Cardiff City earlier this season. However, with everything on the line, both teams will fight till the end, both with the hopes of Premier League football next season.
With three goals in his last two games, Cardiff City’s Jordan Mutch is the one to watch as he already scored seven goals and provided six assist this season. He managed to grab himself two goals against league leaders Liverpool, so be sure to keep an eye on him.
Cardiff City vs. Crystal Palace: An Alternative Preview
Cardiff have conceded the highest proportion of goals in the final 15 minutes of Barclays Premier League matches this season (34%).
Crystal Palace have won none of their last nine visits to Cardiff City in all competitions (D4 L5).
Crystal Palace 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.
Only Cardiff (7) have picked up fewer points away from home in the top flight than Crystal Palace this season (8).
Cardiff earned 0.9 points per game under Malky Mackay, but have averaged just 0.67 per match under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Cardiff have netted 10 goals in their last four games; as many as the team had scored in the previous Premier League 18 matches.