The Bluebirds felt somewhat aggrieved after losing at Selhurst Park a fortnight ago, especially as Kenny Miller had a perfectly good goal chalked off, although they are sure to create plenty of chances against an Eagles side several places lower than them in the table.
Cardiff are a best price 4/5 (William Hill free bet) to win tonight’s game, having won nine of their thirteen matches in the Championship this season. Manager Malky Mackay won’t make too many changes to the team that beat Portsmouth 3-2 on Saturday, with Craig Conway winning the match in the final minute.
Kenny Miller opened the scoring at the weekend and the Scot is a 9/2 chance (bet365 bookmaker) to break the deadlock against a Palace side that will be looking to preserve their lead while also spying opportunities on the counter-attack.
Dougie Freedman knows that a draw will be enough to secure a place in the Carling Cup final, although the interesting thing is that the Eagles have won six and lost eight of their games on the road with no match finishing all square.
Palace are a 4/1 chance (Paddy Power free bets) to claim victory tonight in ninety minutes, something that they were very close to achieving at Blackpool on Saturday before the Tangerines staged a late comeback to win the match 2-1.
The draw is on offer at 5/2 and the bookmakers also offer odds on which team will qualify from the tie, which could feasibly go to extra-time and penalties. It truly is in the balance and the bookies make Crystal Palace the marginal favourites to be facing Manchester City or Liverpool at odds of 10/11 (Stan James £150 free bets).
However, Paddy Power’s even money about Cardiff overturning that 1-0 deficit and claiming a place in the final looks pretty tempting.