Preview - Cardiff City vs Crystal Palace 05 May 19

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Match Day 37
Cardiff City vs. Crystal Palace
Sunday, May 4th 2019
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff City: 
Last five matches form: L L W L L
Average goals per match: 0.83
Average goals against per match: 1.83
Top Scorer: Victor Camarasa (5)

Crystal Palace:
Last five matches form: L W L W D
Average goals per match: 1.19
Average goals against per match: 1.33
Top Scorer: Luka Milivojević (12)

The games have been labelled as must win for Cardiff City for some time now, but this weekend that is quite literally the case. Fail to beat Crystal Palace at home, and Neil Warnock's men will be playing Championship football next season. A draw would mean they aren't mathematically relegated, but such is Brighton's goal difference advantage we would need something like a 15-goal swing in Cardiff's favour on the final day of the season.

The visitors to the Cardiff City Stadium for the Bluebird's final home fixture of the season are Roy Hodgson's unpredictable Crystal Palace outfit. Safely in low midtable for another season, the Eagles will merely be looking to finish the year on a high.

Cardiff performed with credit in the reverse of this fixture when coming away from Selhurst Park with a goalless draw. The most recent clash between the sides here came back in 2014, with Crystal Palace running out comfortable 3-0 winners on that occasion.

Sol Bamba, Callum Paterson, Matthew Connolly and Joe Ralls are all out injured for the home side. Palace will be without Jeffrey Schlupp, James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho.

Cardiff have lost their past two at home, but were by no means awful against either Chelsea or Liverpool and, on paper at least, ought to face an easier challenge here. Having beaten the likes of West Ham, Wolves and Bournemouth here already this season, they are not without hope.

With four wins in their last five on the road though, Crystal Palace are a dangerous counter-attacking side, who have already beaten Manchester City, Wolves and Arsenal on their travels.
We suspect the road may end here for Cardiff City. They are going to have to come out their shells at some point and look likely to come undone against the Palace counter.

Prediction: Cardiff City 1 - 3 Crystal Palace


Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 2 - 3
Shots:  18 - 21
Shots on target: 8 - 7
Corner Kicks: 10 - 5
Possession: 39% - 61%

No bookings at the Cardiff City Stadium, as referee Michael Oliver kept his cards in his pocket throughout.

They gave it a good go, and in all honesty probably fared as well as could be expected given the resources they have at their disposal, but that is now that for Cardiff City's time in the Premier League. Needing to win, their familiar failings saw them instead come unstuck in front of their own fans as Crystal Palace dealt the final blow.

The opening goal arrived in the 28th minute. Andros Townsend finding Wilfried Zaha eighteen yards out and central. Zaha shifting the ball to his right before wrongfooting the keeper with a low effort into the bottom left.

The lead lasted only three minutes. Strange goal this one. Leandro Bacuna set free down the right and whipping a low ball into the area. Martin Kelly nipping in front of his keeper to attempt to cut it out but only succeeding in scuffing the ball into his own net from twelve yards.

Eight minutes later the Bluebirds were in big trouble once again. The ball coming into the area from the left and a nice one-two between Michy Batshuayi and Jordan Ayew ending with Batshuayi finishing high past the keeper from seven yards and slightly to the right. 1-2 at the break.

Palace then effectively relegated Cardiff 20 minutes from time when adding a third. Townsend bursting down the right flank and cutting inside across the eighteen-yard box before firing in off the post into the bottom right.

Cardiff did get themselves a consolation in the last minute. Bobby Reid receiving the ball around twenty yards out on the left and cutting inside before curling a lovely finish into the bottom right. Too little and too late. 2-3 final score.

Cardiff will now finish third bottom and end their latest spell in the top flight with a trip to Old Trafford next week. Crystal Palace remain in 12th spot.

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