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Cardiff lost the first match of this Carling Cup semi-final, with just the minimal 0:1, and will need to score at least a goal here to have a chance to reach the final. The team had a long way to go, until it reached this stage. Round 1 aggregate 3-1 vs Oxford Utd, Round 2 aggregate 5-3 vs Huddersfield, Round 3 aggregate 9-8 vs Leicester, Round 4 aggregate 1-0 vs Burnley, Quarter-Finals aggregate 2-0 vs Blackburn and now Crystal Palace. If the team manages to advance to the final, they will play against either Liverpool or Manchester City. Cardiff is in a great shape so far, taking the 3rd spot in the Championship, 1 point behind the second and 4 behind the first. They might actually be able to finally reach the Premier League this year, after trying for quite a while.
Crystal Palace took theirs in the first game, although with just a goal, and has to manage not to lose here. The team is currently 13th in the Championship some 12 points behind Cardiff but has the advantage to advance to the final. To get to this stage, Crystal Palace won Round 1 with aggregate 2-0 vs Crawley Town, Round 2 with aggregate 2-1 vs Wigan, Round 3 with the aggregate 2-1 vs Middlesbrough, Round 4 aggregate 2-0 vs Southampton and Quarter-Final aggregate 2-1 vs Manchester United. The team has definitely caused major upset eliminating two of the current leaders at that time, Southampton in the Championship and United in the Premiership.
Previous meetings between Cardiff and Crystal Palace:
05/11/2011 Championship Cardiff vs. Crystal Palace 2:0
28/09/2010 Championship Cardiff vs. Crystal Palace 0:0
17/10/2009 Championship Cardiff vs. Crystal Palace 1:1
15/11/2008 Championship Cardiff vs. Crystal Palace 2:1
06/11/2007 Championship Cardiff vs. Crystal Palace 1:1
30/12/2006 Championship Cardiff vs. Crystal Palace 0:0
17/09/2005 Championship Cardiff vs. Crystal Palace 1:0
10/04/2004 Championship Cardiff vs. Crystal Palace 0:2
Cardiff would need a clean 2:0 victory here to advance directly after this game. This was achieved two months ago in a Championship game. They can certainly do it again. Consider backing Cardiff to win this match 4/5 with William Hill.