Apr 5, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Cardiff City Stadium
CardiffCardiff City
Crystal Palace

Turner (68'), Medel (70')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Puncheon (31', 89'), Ledley (71')
Jerome (35'), Ward (38'), Mariappa (74'), Ledley (78')

Preview: Cardiff City vs. Crystal Palace

Sports Mole previews the clash between Cardiff City and Crystal Palace in Wales as the relegation-threatened Bluebirds try to drag the Eagles back into the dogfight.

Cardiff City's survival hopes were kept alive by a 93rd-minute equaliser from Mats Moller Daehli in the 3-3 draw with West Bromwich Albion last weekend.

The 19-year-old Norwegian's first Premier League strike prevented the Bluebirds from falling six points adrift of the Baggies and top-flight safety.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping that this goal will give Cardiff momentum when they continue their battle against the drop at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Welsh outfit could move level on points with 17th-placed Albion and drag Palace, who are five points ahead of them, right back into the relegation scrap with victory at the Cardiff City Stadium.

A shock 1-0 triumph over title-chasing Chelsea at Selhurst Park in their last outing boosted Palace's hopes of securing consecutive seasons in the Premier League for the first time.

It was their fourth home win in six matches, but their away form is not so encouraging, with the Eagles having not collected maximum points on the road since a Boxing Day success over Aston Villa.

Tony Pulis is not a manager to change a winning formula and therefore could name the same starting XI that claimed the scalp of the Blues, although Marouane Chamakh is pushing for a recall.

Palace are hoping that the Moroccan striker could be fit to return following a month out with a hamstring injury and if he is, he could replace former Cardiff forward Cameron Jerome up front.

Thomas Ince, who rejected the chance to join Cardiff last summer, may again have to settle for a place on the bench alongside fellow January arrival Wayne Hennessey, who has yet to play for the Londoners.

Solskjaer may reward Hawthorns hero Daeli with a start in attack alongside Frazier Campbell, who has been usurped as the club's top scorer by a run of three goals in two matches from Jordan Mutch.

The midfielder, who had previously not scored for the Welsh outfit, now has seven for the season in only 20 starts, while defender Steven Caulker has also proved a valuable source of goals with five.

It is defensively where Cardiff have slipped up under Solskjaer, and conceding twice in the opening 10 minutes against Albion forced the former Manchester United star into a tactical rethink.

Fabio da Silva was hauled off in the first half and replaced by Old Trafford loanee Wifried Zaha as the Bluebirds switched to a 4-4-2 system, which they may employ from the start against Palace.

Eagles chairman Steve Parish has admitted his interest in resigning Zaha this week, but the ex-Selhurst Park favourite could line up against the team that he inspired to promotion on Saturday.

Recent form

Cardiff: DLLWLL

Palace: WLDLDL

Possible starting lineups

Cardiff: Marshall, Theophile-Catherine, Turner, Caulker, Taylor; Zaha, Medel, Gunnarsson, Mutch; Daehli, Campbell

Palace: Speroni; Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward; Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Ledley; Bolaise, Puncheon, Jerome

Sports Mole says: 2-1

Mats Moller Daehli of Cardiff City celebrates scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Brom on March 29, 2014
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