City v Palace. Match preview

Last updated : 14 November 2008 By Michael Morris
Defeats in the last two games have not lost City a play off place but it's allowed the league to get a whole lot tighter. Cardiff were 3rd when Wolves came to Ninian Park 2 weeks ago but defeat against Mick McCarthy's side, and defeat at Loftus Rd last Saturday have stunted the good progress that was being made.

Palace come to Ninian Park 5 points and 10 places behinf City. A couple of good results can change everything though. There are just 10 points between the relegation spots and the play off places.

Michael Chopra will make his home debut and there is an outside chance that Ross McCormack could be involved. Just a fortnight after being ruled out for 3 / 4 weeks he could be in contention.

Jay Bothroyd is ruled out but he is targetting the derby against Swansea at the end of the month for his return. City should be boosted by the return of Mark Kennedy to face his former club. With Miguel Comminges suspended Kennedy will slot in at left back.

Darren Purse is free to play after his red card appeal was successful in midweek.

The game will be the featured match on Sunday morning's Championship show on ITV.

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