Cardiff – Palace Preview
As the title race approaches its final hurdle, all eyes will be on the other horse race this weekend, as one of three teams can really stake their claim on the Premier League title. However, an interesting fixture has sprung up at the other end of the table pitting two promoted teams against each other for the chance to remain…well, promoted.
April 4th, 2014
As evidenced by Andy Hunter in today’s Palace post for the Superblog, manager Tony Pulis is bringing a bit of positivity to the Eagles fanbase following their win over Chelsea last weekend. Opposite number Jose Mourinho now called it ‘impossible’ for Chelsea to win the title following the defeat, settled only by a John Terry own goal. Palace are now five points clear of the relegation zone with seven games to play – including a final-day fixture at Fulham who by then could well be down. Manager Tony Pulis has never experienced relegation as a manager – and all Palace fingers are crossed that it can be avoided once again.
On the other hand, Cardiff City are staring down the business end of a six-pointer which could see them desperately fighting with one fewer game left to play. Like Pulis, Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was only appointed this season, but his side took only one point from a possible fifteen in March – the kind of form which spells trouble.
Who knows what the key difference-maker will be, though a part of me suspects it will be the fans; Cardiff City home games have been somewhat subdued of late, with the shadow of owner and Bond-villain-in-waiting Vincent Tan looming over some otherwise excitable Cardiff fans, while Palace have been getting some fantastic home support. Buoyed by that win over Chelsea – as well as the hopeful return of top scorer Marouane Chamakh – it’s Palace’s game to lose.