Victory for Crystal Palace over fellow newly-promoted side Cardiff City on Saturday will see them close the gap to their opponents to just one point.
After defeat at Norwich City in his first game in charge, Tony Pulis got his all-important first victory as Crystal Palace boss on Tuesday with a narrow win over fellow strugglers West Ham United at a raucous Selhurst Park. It was a game which provided further evidence of their newfound defensive solidity, as it was their third clean sheet in four Premier League outings, and they should come into this with some confidence.
Cardiff will have been the happier of the two teams when they took a point from Stoke City on Wednesday in a game of few chances. The result saw them move four points clear of the relegation zone, but defeat here will see them looking nervously over their shoulders. Home form is crucial to their survival hopes, but they will fancy their chances here.
Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie completes a three-match ban, while Jack Hunt, Patrick McCarthy and Glenn Murray are all sidelined.
The Bluebirds have a fully-fit squad to choose from, but manager Malky Mackay may decide to rotate, with this being his side’s third game in a week.
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