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Watch Live: Cardiff City v. Crystal Palace

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Cardiff City host Crystal Palace on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) and the equation for the Bluebirds is simple.

Neil Warnock‘s men must win to keep their faint hopes of Premier League survival alive, as they are four points behind Brighton with two games to go for both teams but Cardiff have a much worse goal difference compared to Brighton who sit one place out of the relegation zone.

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As for Crystal Palace and Roy Hodgson, they will be aiming to finish as high as possible after a fairly comfortable campaign.

In team news Cardiff bring in Josh Murphy, Danny Ward and Bobby Reid for Leandro Bacuna, Junior Hoilett and Oumar Niasse.

Crystal Palace make four changes as Joel Ward, Michy Batshuayi, Andros Townsend and Jordan Ayew replace Patrick Van Aanholt, Cheikhou Kouyate, Max Meyer and Christian Benteke.


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PL preview: Cardiff City v. Crystal Palace

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  • Cardiff City has not scored a single goal in 3 PL meetings vs CPFC
  • Crystal Palace has the 2nd most PL away points in 2019 with 16
  • Cardiff has just 9 first-half PL goals all season

Cardiff City needs a win or relegation is all but complete as they host Crystal Palace on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET live on NBCSN or live online at NBCSports.com.

Thanks to a far superior goal differential, the magic number is two for Brighton & Hove Albion to secure Premier League safety and relegate Cardiff City, meaning any combination of two points dropped by Cardiff City or gained by Brighton would complete the bottom of the table. With Brighton taking on Manchester City in the final week of the season, Cardiff could significantly boost their hopes of survival with a result this weekend.

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Still, Neil Warnock is staring down his third Premier League relegation with a third club, and he will be without a host of injured players at his disposal. Sol Bamba, Callum Paterson, Joe Ralls and Matthew Connolly are all confirmed out injured for the remainder of the season, while Aron Gunnarsson and Harry Arter are questionable for Saturday’s critical match.

Crystal Palace sits 12th in the Premier League, above the classic 40-point threshold teams often target for safety. They are limping to the finish line like their opponents, with Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins, Jeffrey Schlupp and Pape Souare all out for the season plus Christian Benteke who is sidelined at least this weekend with a facial injury suffered last time out.

What they’re saying

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock on relegation fight: “We’ve got to win this game. If we don’t we can forget it, so we’ve got to concentrate on that really. We always give effort and sometimes we are a bit limited. But with two games to go we’re still in it.”

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson on playing a desperate side: “We have to expect a very motivated team, a team that will give its all to cling to the last chances of staying in the league, and hoping they can win while Brighton don’t. We have a desire to win the game as well.”

Prediction

Cardiff City needs a result in the worst way, but they are dangerously thin, and Crystal Palace is a quality road opponent, having topped Arsenal last time away from home. The Bluebirds will come close to earning a hard-fought draw, but they will throw everything forward at the end in desperation and concede late for a 2-1 loss to seal their relegation.

Everton held at Crystal Palace (video)

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  • Tosun, Calvert-Lewin go close
  • Palace barely threaten
  • Everton sit in 8th place

Everton were held to a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday as the Toffees pushed hard but couldn’t break through.

In a game of few chances Everton had the better but Vicente Guaita was in fine form as Marco Silva‘s men lost ground in the battle for seventh place and European qualification.

With the draw Everton move on to 50 points and sit eighth, while Palace are in 12th on 43 points.

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Crystal Palace started well as Christian Benteke went clean through but the flag went up for offside, then Max Meyer fired a shot just wide.

Everton improved as the first half wore on, with Lucas Digne causing problems on the left and Dominic Calvert-Lewin hit a tame effort at Vicente Guaita.

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Calvert-Lewin sent a header over as Everton continued to look more dangerous, as the home side failed to threaten.

Idrissa Gueye then hit a shot from distance which Guaita saved.

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Everton continued to push hard for the opener at the start of the second half as Bernard wriggled free but his shot his the post and bounced away.

Palace rarely threatened in the second half and substitute Cenk Tosun almost scored an outrageous goal as his back flick from Gylfi Sigurdsson‘s was saved at point-blank range by Guaita.

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Lucas Digne’s cross was overhit and flicked off the post late on, but Everton had to settle for the draw in a tame encounter.

Benteke leads Palace surprise at Arsenal (video)

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  • Benteke scores first goal since April 28, 2018
  • Zaha nabs ninth of season
  • Ozil goal forges brief deadlock

Christian Benteke scored a goal and added an assist as Crystal Palace handed much-changed Arsenal a 3-2 set back at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur also scored for the Eagles, while Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang posted Arsenal’s goals.

The win boosts Palace into 12th with 42 points, while Arsenal remains fourth with 66.

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Roy Hodgson‘s men took a surprising early lead through a strangely surprising source, given that Benteke was once a prolific and danger scorer.

With room to operate, the Belgian turned a header past Bernd Leno to put the Eagles on top.

Palace was fortunate not to concede a penalty through an Aaron Wan-Bissaka handball in the box, and Cheikhou Kouyate saw two bids to beat Leno saved by the keeper.

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Arsenal needed less than two second half minutes to equalize, with Iwobi finding Lacazette with a deft outside-of-the-boot pass. The Frenchman slid Ozil through on goal, and Ozil blasted it near side for a 1-1 score line.

Palace restored its lead thanks to a Benteke flick toward Zaha, with the Ivorian going around Shkrodan Mustafi before beating Leno.

And then it was 3-1, a 69th minute corner kick from Luka Milivojevic finding the back of the goal when James McArthur redirected a header into the goal.

Aubameyang needed a fortunate bounce to line up his shot, but deserved every bit of his 77th minute goal.

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Crystal Palace, West Ham battle to draw (video)

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  • Eagles equalize through Zaha
  • West Ham opened scoring through Noble
  • Second-straight 1-1 draw for Hammers

Crystal Palace fought back to draw 1-1 at home against West Ham United, with the Eagles almost snatching a win late on.

Mark Noble put West Ham 1-0 up early on from the penalty spot, but Palace improved drastically in the second half and Wilfried Zaha returned from his ban to score his second goal in as many games.

With the draw Palace are in 13th place on 27 points, while West Ham are in 10th on 33 points.

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The first big chance of the game saw Ryan Fredericks played in by Michail Antonio but Vicente Guaita made a fine low stop.

Despite Palace having more of the ball, West Ham had the better chances as Guaita then denied Robert Snodgrass.

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Javier Hernandez’s shot was then deflected wide as the Hammers continued to threaten. Michail Antonio then won a penalty kick as Declan Rice‘s wonderful pass found the winger and Vicente Guaita clattered into Antonio. Noble sent Guaita the wrong way with his penalty kick to give West Ham the lead.

Palace should have been level before the break as Christian Benteke was played in but Lukasz Fabianski made a fine stop to his right.

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The home side started the second half well, as Wilfried Zaha fired the ball across goal then James McArthur somehow missed a glorious chance as he was put clean through. The Palace midfielder took an age to sort his feet out but then sent his effort against the post.

Palace sent Michy Batshuayi on to try and drag themselves back into the game. And he should have made it 1-1.

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Patrick Van Aanholt‘s cross found Batshuayi and he somehow missed. Palace’s equalizer did arrived as Zaha smashed home at the near post. 1-1.

Zaha almost won it late on as he linked up with Max Meyer and curled a shot towards the far post which Fabianski saved.