Crystal Palace vs Cardiff
Competition: England Premier League
Date: 26 December 2018
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
So what if Crystal Palace finished the game at Etihad on just over 20% ball possession? They still produced one of the biggest, if not THE biggest surprise of the season thus far, coming from behind to beat Manchester City 2-3(!). Mind you, it happened exactly 28 years after Palace’s last away win over City. They finished the game on just five attempts, with three of those being on target, but all three went in. A week earlier they had beaten Leicester 1-0 at home. This is the first time this season that Palace have won two matches in a row. Eighteen points have them 14th in the table. They are expected to start with Guaita, Sakho, van Aanholt, Tomkins, Schlupp, Wan-Bissaka, Milivojevic, Meyer, McArthur, Townsend (what a goal he scored last weekend, what, a goal…) and Zaha.
Cardiff were unlucky to be the first team to face Manchester United after Jose Mourinho’s departure from Old Trafford. As predicted here, United… had fun, not just winning, but sort of… making a statement. Cardiff scored from the penalty spot while already losing 0-2, late in the first half, but there was no doubt which the better team was on the pitch, and they ended up losing 1-5, finishing the game on just 25% ball possession. They are 17th in the table, on 14 points, right above the relegation line. According to reports, they will start the game with Etheridge, Morrison, Bamba, Manga, Cunningham, Camarasa, Arter, Hoilett, Murphy, Gunnarsson and Paterson.
Previous five matches:
Manchester City vs Crystal Palace 2-3
Crystal Palace vs Leicester 1-0
West Ham vs Crystal Palace 3-2
Brighton vs Crystal Palace 3-1
Crystal Palace vs Burnley 2-0
Cardiff vs Manchester United 1-5
Watford vs Cardiff 3-2
Cardiff vs Southampton 1-0
West Ham vs Cardiff 3-1
Cardiff vs Wolves 2-1
Crystal Palace’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus Chelsea. Cardiff are visiting Leicester on Saturday (both Premier League matches).
Crystal Palace vs Cardiff: Head to head Stats
Crystal Palace haven’t hosted Cardiff since 2013. Back then, they won 2-0. A year earlier, they had played at home against Cardiff twice, winning once and losing once.
Crystal Palace vs Cardiff: Prediction
Palace have won back-to-back games for the first time this season, they just shocked the football world beating City in Manchester, and are hosting one of the weakest teams in the league.
Crystal Palace vs Cardiff: Betting Tips
The hosts’ win is at 1.66. Combined with “over 1.5”, that goes up to 2.00.