Palace v Cardiff. Match preview

Last updated : 25 December 2018 By Michael Morris

Early team news

Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey (back) and midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate are expected to return for Crystal Palace.

Full-back Martin Kelly (adductor) is doubtful but has not yet been ruled out by Hodgson and will be assessed.

Striker Christian Benteke (knee) remains on the sidelines but is making encouraging progress and could return in the coming weeks.

Joe Bennett could be back in the mix for Cardiff. The full-back missed Saturday's 5-1 home defeat against Manchester United after being forced off at Watford the previous weekend, but Cardiff boss Neil Warnock says that he has returned to training.

Danny Ward is out, though, while Jazz Richards has been battling to overcome a hamstring problem.


Neil Warnock said

"We're not doing so good at the moment. Without going into names, we've got three or four niggles that we could have done without really at this stage.

"Having said that, I think if we'd have got beat 5-1 and I was in the team I might think I'd have a little niggle for Palace and Leicester!"

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  • This will be the first meeting between Crystal Palace and Cardiff City since April 2014, when the Eagles won 3-0 away from home in a Premier League clash.
  • Cardiff have lost three of their last four league games against Crystal Palace (L1), including both home and away meetings in the 2013-14 Premier League season.
  • Crystal Palace have won both of their Premier League games against Cardiff without conceding (2-0 in December 2013 and 3-0 in April 2014).
  • Cardiff are winless in their last five league games played on Boxing Day (D2 L3), with their last such win coming against Crystal Palace in 2012-13 (2-1).
  • Cardiff manager Neil Warnock is unbeaten in his last nine away games at Selhurst Park (W6 D3), although each of these meetings took place in the second tier.
  • Cardiff midfielder Aron Gunnarsson has scored in each of his last two league appearances against Crystal Palace, however this will be his first such outing against them since December 2012.


Wednesday December 26th, ko 3:00pm.

Referee: Lee Probert
Assistants: Simon Beck, Andy Garratt
Fourth official: Andy Woolmer