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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.

Premier League Sunday preview: Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool all in play

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The battles at the summit of the Premier League table continue as three of the top six teams take the field on Sunday.

The title race is still white hot, with both Manchester City and Liverpool swinging back and forth with every positive result. City jumped back into the lead with the win on Saturday over Tottenham, a point in front with four matches remaining on both the dockets.

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The fight for the Champions League places also looks a good one, with four teams battling for just two places. Tottenham sits precariously in third on 67 points, while Arsenal and Chelsea are level on 66 with the Gunners holding the goal differential tiebreaker by five. Manchester United is in sixth on 64 points, still in the mix.


Everton v. Manchester United — 8:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

The Red Devils are the first of the Champions League contenders to take the field as they visit Goodison Park. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s honeymoon period in charge of Manchester United is over and it’s time for him to prove he belongs. The Norwegian boss was given the permanent position after a record start to his interim tenure, but the timing was still odd and as the season winds down, the Red Devils could be left out of the mix for Europe’s biggest competition. Luke Shaw is suspended for the match for yellow card accumulation, but otherwise the injury news is good with Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, and Alexis Sanchez all reportedly available.

Everton, meanwhile, sits in a similar position as Manchester United, battling for a European place but bringing up the rear. The Toffees sit in 10th, back of the pack among a crowded fight for the last Europa League place. Everton is still just three points back of Watford who currently holds that spot, and while they can break everyone’s hearts by upsetting Manchester City in the FA Cup final, a loss would give the Europa League position to whoever finishes seventh.

INJURIES: Everton —  OUT: Yerry Mina (hamstring), Andre Gomes (suspension). | Manchester United — OUT: Luke Shaw (suspension).


Cardiff City v. Liverpool — 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

Liverpool yet again has to put pressure on Manchester City to have any hope in the Premier League title race. Ahead of the midweek Manchester derby, the Reds have the opportunity not just to take the lead but to stay there should City slip up at all against the Red Devils with their game in hand.

They’ll need a result against a team fighting for its life. Cardiff City is in 17th in the Premier League table, three points shy of safety. A shocking win would put Cardiff in much better position, while a loss would see them potentially fall two games out. They’ve lost three straight and haven’t scored in their last two, so Liverpool will be licking its chops.

INJURIES: Cardiff City —  OUT: Souleymane Bamba (knee), Callum Paterson (ankle), Matthew Connolly (ankle), Harry Arter (calf), . QUESTIONABLE: Aron Gunnarsson (back). | Liverpool — OUT: none. QUESTIONABLE: Dejan Lovren (illness), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee).


Arsenal v. Crystal Palace — 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBC Sports Gold and NBCSports.com

The Gunners will know Manchester United’s result before taking the field, to see whether they will be looking to strengthen their Champions League position or hoping to recapture it. Arsenal is currently in fourth, clinging barely to its spot in the top European competition, but they have been strong of late and have a soft schedule to finish the season, so there is no reason not to lock the spot down. Still, the injuries are rampant and there are fears that Aaron Ramsey‘s Arsenal career will end with the thigh injury he picked up midweek in Europa League play. Coupled with the three long-term injuries to Bellerin, Welbeck, and Holding plus Sokratis’ suspension, the Gunners are thin.

Crystal Palace has little to play for at this point, sitting in 14th on 39 points but unlikely to be sucked into the relegation battle. Roy Hodgson has led the squad to five wins since the start of February, good enough form to keep them out of the maelstrom at the bottom of the table. They put up a decent fight against title leaders Manchester City last time out, and kept two straight clean sheets in the matches before that. However, they lost two important players recently in James Tomkins and Jeffrey Schlupp who both will miss the rest of the season after long-term injuries.

INJURIES: Arsenal —  OUT: Aaron Ramsey (thigh), Hector Bellerin (knee), Rob Holding (knee), Danny Welbeck (ankle), Sokratis (suspended). QUESTIONABLE: Granit Xhaka (groin). | Crystal Palace — OUT: James Tomkins (groin), Jeffrey Schlupp (ankle), Mamadou Sakho (knee).

Brighton stun Crystal Palace with derby win (video)

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  • Brighton do double over Palace for first time since 1984
  • Palace just 1 win in last 7 home games
  • Knockaert scores superb winner
  • Murray has scored in his last 4 games for Brighton v. Palace

Brighton & Hove Albion beat bitter rivals Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park on Saturday, as Anthony Knockaert scored an incredible late winner in the M23 derby.

Glenn Murray (who was supposed to start on the bench but Florin Andone‘s injury meant he came into the team) opened the scoring against his former club, but Luka Milivojevic scored a penalty kick to make it 1-1 early in the second half.

Knockaert then delivered the win, as Brighton now have 33 points and are level on points with Crystal Palace. The Seagulls and Eagles are now eight points above the drop zone.

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Early on plenty of challenges were flying in as Knockaert and Yves Bissouma both caught Milivojevic, with the former lucky to not be sent off.

Michy Batshuayi had a shot from distance which was deflected and Mat Ryan saved, with Palace pressing hard.

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Brighton took the lead totally against the run of play, as a long ball over the top wasn’t dealt with by James Tomkins and Murray came back to haunt his former team once again with a fine volleyed finish.

Zaha was then denied by a brilliant last-ditch tackle from Lewis Dunk as Palace cranked through the gears before half time but couldn’t grab an equalizer.

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At the start of the second half Palace were handed a great opportunity to get back in the game as Davy Propper dangled out his leg and brought Andros Townsend down in the box to give away a penalty kick.

Despite gusty winds knocking the ball off the penalty spot, Milivojevic stepped up and slotted the spot kick home to make it 1-1.

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The game then turned into a scrappy encounter which Palace dominated, but just like the first half Brighton hit them with a hammer blow.

A long ball out to the right found Knockaert and he then cut inside and curled a magnificent effort off the far post and in. The Frenchman was then subbed off as it was his final touch of the game and it was a goal worthy of winning any game.

Jeffrey Schlupp volleyed a tough chance over late on as Palace tried to grab an equalizer, but Brighton held on for a massive win which significantly boosts their survival hopes.

Crystal Palace cruise past Fulham (video)

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  • Milivojevic nets first half PK
  • Schlupp adds late goal
  • Batshuayi makes Palace debut

Crystal Palace beat Fulham 2-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday as Roy Hodgson‘s side secured a vital three points.

Despite Fulham playing well early on and Aleksandar Mitrovic missing a big chance, a first half penalty from Luka Milivojevic put Palace ahead.

In the second half Palace were the better team and Jeffrey Schlupp added a second goal late on after good work from substitute Michy Batshuayi on his debut.

With the win Palace move up to 14th place on 26 points, while Fulham stay in 19th place with 17 points.

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Fulham spurned a great chance early on as Joe Bryan whipped in a lovely ball for Mitrovic but he somehow nodded off target.

The Cottagers had all the play early on as Palace started the game slowly.

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A big moment arrived soon after as Cyrus Christie handled in the box under pressure from Christian Benteke, and Palace went ahead against the run of play. Milivojevic sent home the spot kick, as four of Palace’s seven home goals had come from penalties.

Christian Benteke then rolled back the years and sent an incredible overhead kick against the crossbar as Palace pushed for a second.

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Palace started the second half well as Fulham struggled to get going.

Jordan Ayew‘s shot was pushed over by Sergio Rico and James Tomkins put a header from a corner over. Rico also denied Schlupp and Mamadou Sakho nodded wide at the back post as Palace kept pushing.

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Late on Batshuayi came on for his debut and made an instant impact as his shot was saved by Rico, but Sclupp finished off the rebound. 2-0 to Palace.

Salah saves Liverpool blushes in 7-goal thriller (video)

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  • Townsend gives Palace lead
  • Salah, Firmino answer
  • Tomkins levels before Salah scores 2nd
  • Milner sent off

Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool finally overcame game Crystal Palace 4-3 at Anfield on Saturday.

The Premier League leaders extended their table lead to seven points despite going down 1-0 and tossing away a 2-1 lead.

Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane also scored for the Reds, while Palace got goals from Andros Townsend, James Tomkins, and Max Meyer in the loss. The Eagles are just three points clear of the drop after Newcastle and Southampton won their matches.

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We’re telling you that you are reading this one right: Reds center back Joel Matip got to the doorstep on a nice Liverpool combination play, but Palace backstop Julian Speroni defied him with a nice stop.

The goal came at the other end, with Wilfried Zaha‘s dribble into the left of the box allowing for a cutback to Townsend. The former Newcastle and Spurs man knifed the ball past Alisson Becker for a 1-0 lead.

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The Reds answered through Salah, helped plenty by a Palace giveaway that helped the Egyptian one-on-one with an apparently rusty Speroni.

And Firmino turned the first half deficit on its ear when his shot turned off Cheikhou Kouyate to make it 2-1 within eight minutes of halftime.

That wasn’t it, though, as miserable Reds defending allowed Tomkins to put Palace level again! A corner kick cleared Virgil Van Dijk‘s leap but not his English counterpart.

The Reds answered again, Speroni bungling an attempted slap of James Milner‘s cross to the line for Salah to push the final inch.

Milner was sent off in the 89th minute for a last-ditch studs-up tackle, but Mane found Liverpool’s fourth goal despite its status down a man.

Meyer scored a stoppage time goal of his own off a Connor Wickham knock down of an Andros Townsend cross.