December 26, 2012


Cardiff City

2 - 1

Crystal Palace


15:00 +00:00, December 26, 2012

Cardiff City Stadium

Referee: P Gibbs

Connolly banned for Cardiff

Team Stat Comparison

Cardiff City Crystal Palace
Matches Played 46 46
Table Position 1 5
Points 87 72
Goal Difference 27 11
Goals for * 1.6 0.9
Goals against * 0.7 1.3
Last 5 D-D-D-D-W W-W-D-W-D
Last 5 home D-D-W-D-W W-D-W-D-D
Last 5 away D-D-D-L-W W-D-D-L-L
*  Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club
Stats: Cardiff City | Crystal Palace

Competition Stats

Cardiff City Crystal Palace
Goals Heidar Helguson 8 Glenn Murray 30
Assists Craig Noone 8 Wilfried Zaha 9
Yellows Mark Hudson 8 Mile Jedinak 11
Reds Craig Noone 1 Damien Delaney 1
Squads: Cardiff City | Crystal Palace

Cardiff defender Matthew Connolly will miss his side's Boxing Day clash with Crystal Palace through suspension.

The 25-year-old was booked for the fifth time this season during the Bluebirds' 1-0 victory over Leicester on Saturday and will serve a one-match ban.

Experienced defender Kevin McNaughton is expected to deputise at right-back in Connolly's absence.

Former Watford attacker Tommy Smith is edging closer to a return to action but manager Malky Mackay is unlikely to risk him at this stage.

Nicky Maynard is out for the rest of the campaign with a knee ligament injury but midfielder Kadeem Harris is close to making a comeback after sustaining an ankle problem.

The league leaders will be looking to return to winning ways at the Cardiff City Stadium after losing their first home match of the season against Peterborough last time out.

Crystal Palace are without the suspended Damien Delaney for the trip to league leaders Cardiff.

The defender was dismissed after just 11 minutes of the Eagles' 1-1 draw with Huddersfield on Saturday and starts a three-match ban.

Danny Gabbidon could be handed his full debut in Delaney's absence following two substitute outings.

Midfielder Jonny Williams is looking to be involved after returning from a groin problem and is targeting a place on the bench.

Skipper Paddy McCarthy remains sidelined with the groin injury that has kept him out of action for the whole season.

Ian Holloway's side go into the game four points behind their opponents and are looking for a repeat outcome of September's meeting between the clubs, as Glenn Murray's second-half hat-trick saw Palace come from two goals down to win 3-2.