Crystal Palace vs Cardiff 101 Great Goals prediction: Palace 3-1 Cardiff
Crystal Palace completed the best comeback victory of the season against Manchester City on Saturday but have very little time to celebrate it.
The Eagles grabbed every headline for the weekend as they became the second team to beat Pep Guardiola’s side this season.
Roy Hodgson’s side may have conceded first, but they went on to score three at the Etihad, proving too clinical for a side even as good as Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Cardiff finished the weekend with a very different emotion.
Neil Warnock’s side were on the receiving end of an absolute drumming at the hands of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Manchester United.
Goals from Jesse Lingard x2, Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial completed a 5-1 victory in the Norwegian’s first game after taking over temporarily.
Now, they must dust themselves off and prepare to face a side full of confidence.
Crystal Palace vs Cardiff: Who will win?
It will come as no surprise after the weekend that Crystal Palace go into this game as very heavy favourites.
Following an incredibly impressive performance against City, they go into the game at very short odds of 4/6.
Should they even perform at a third of what they did at the Etihad, they should be able to win and continue their recent form
With that in mind, Cardiff go into the game as heavy outsiders.
Only possessing less than a 10th of the quality Manchester City have at their disposal, they can be found at odds of 19/4.
A 3-1 scoreline to Crystal Palace, as we predict, can be found at odds of 14/1.
It will come as no surprise that the goalscorer market is also dominated by Crystal Palace players.
All five Palace strikers dominate the first goalscorer section which is pretty impressive.
Christian Benteke is the favourite to score first in the game with odds of 9/2.
Wilfried Zaha is also priced at the same odds to score first in the game, which isn’t too bad value.
Alexander Sørloth, Connor Wickham and Jordan Ayew are all priced at 11/2 to score first.
That is followed up by Andros Townsend and Max Meyer at 7/1.
The former could provide very good value considering his stunning goal on Saturday, he will be full of confidence.
You have to go down to 9th in the betting to find a Cardiff player, Kenneth Zohore available at odds of 9/1.
Crystal Palace vs Cardiff match preview
It’s best talking first about the side who captured the attention of many over the weekend.
Roy Hodgson’s Palace have had a pretty stop-start season so far.
They started the campaign in decent form but since October it has been all uphill.
Palace went seven games without a win from the beginning of October all the way until early in December when they were able to best Sean Dyche’s Burnley.
Goals from James McArthur and Andros Townsend secured that much-needed win.
However, they returned to their old habits just a game later when they were beaten by Brighton.
That was followed up by another loss to West Ham which well and truly put the pressure back on.
With only a small gap between them and the relegation zone, they needed to get back to winning ways and soon.
Though, they did just that a game later when they beat Leicester, Luka Milivojević with the only goal of the game.
While that was impressive in itself, what came next would dwarf that.
That is because Roy Hodgson’s side managed to go to the Etihad and beat Manchester City on Saturday.
A team that were given absolutely no chance before the game, went out there and got a result that shook the Premier League.
While there’s no doubt Man City missed many chances, Palace were simply just clinical as goals from Jeffrey Schlupp, a goal of the season contender from Andros Townsend and a Milivojević penalty flew in.
Should they perform at even a third of the way they did in that game, they should be able to breeze past Cardiff.
Can the Bluebirds give their fans a late Christmas present?
It’s been a very different weekend for Cardiff and Neil Warnock.
While Palace recorded their best win of the season, Cardiff recorded their worst of the campaign.
It’s safe to say that it hasn’t been the ideal season back in the Premier League for the Welsh side but not as bad as many would have thought.
It was expected that Warnock’s side would be the whipping boys of the league, but they are currently sat above the relegation places.
Even if it’s just two points above it, many would have expected worse.
Though, they can’t afford many more performances like the one against Manchester United if they are to survive.
That is because the Bluebirds were torn apart by former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær on Saturday evening.
They conceded five and never looked at the races as they failed to deal with a Man United side free from the shackles of Jose Mourinho.
If they are to come away with the points this weekend, they will need to take inspiration from their opponents win over Man City or could face another embarrassment.
Crystal Palace team news
Roy Hodgson’s side looked to have come through their game with Manchester City unscathed.
With the result in mind, it is very likely that there will be no changes to the side barring injury.
Christian Benteke remains out and is likely to only return in January. The Belgium striker is Crystal Palace’s only major injury right now.
Roy Hodgson was hopeful that Wayne Hennessey (back) and Martin Kelly (groin) could train as normal ahead of the game with Cardiff City.
Cheikhou Kouyate (muscular fatigue) was with the group on Friday but wasn’t risked at the Etihad.
Cardiff team news
Joe Bennett missed the game with Manchester United at the weekend but could be in contention this weekend.
Jazz Richards could also return to the team.
Danny Ward is also a doubt for the game and will potentially be unavailable for the trip to London.
The only injury update from Neil Warnock came after the Manchester United defeat and was as follows: “We’ve got 3/4 niggles that we could have done without really at this stage.”
The Boxing Day injury update is: Danny Ward (knee) has been sidelined for around four weeks but Madine is close to a comeback. Richards (hamstring) is hoping to feature over Christmas while Bennett (hip) trained on Sunday.
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Cardiff predicted XI
Crystal Palace official videos
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Cardiff official videos
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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.