Cardiff City vs Crystal Palace Betting

Carling Cup Semi Final Second Leg

Cardiff City are the odds-on, bookmakers favourites to beat Crystal Palace over 90 minutes but they need to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg to reach a Wembley final for the third time in four years.

The omens look good for Cardiff. The Bluebirds have won eight of their last nine at home, including a 2-0 victory against Palace last November. Malky Mackay’s side go into this match off the back of a 3-2 victory against Portsmouth, having trailed 2-1 with 21 minutes remaining.

City created a lot of chances in the second half and were rewarded two minutes into stoppage time when Craig Conway fired in a winner from distance.

Palace manager Dougie Freedman made 10 changes for Saturday’s trip to Blackpool and was perhaps unlucky to see his side lose 2-1, having lead 1-0 until five minutes remaining.

However, the result is also indicative to Palace’s recent performances away from Selhurst Park. The Eagles have lost four of their last six away matches after defeating Manchester United in the quarter final of this competition. Indeed, only the bottom two sides in the Championship have lost more games on the road than Freedman’s team.

Palace looked an organised, rock solid outfit in the first leg, with Wilfred Zaha a real threat. But, only two teams have outscored Cardiff at home this season – leaders Southampton and freescoring Peterborough.

With City keeper David Marshall dropping a clanger against Portsmouth and Tom Heaton completely misjudging the free kick that lead to Palace’s goal in the first leg, Macakay’s team are vulnerable at the back.

There are likely to be goals scored at both ends but Cardiff are set to score more.

Verdict: Cardiff City @ 1.80 (Ladbrokes)

Other Results:

  • Crystal Palace @ 5.0 (Betfred)
  • Draw @ 3.75 (Coral)

First Goalscorer

Scotland international Kenny Miller is unsurprisingly the bookmakers favourite to score the first goal at a best price of 5.5 (Paddy Power). The City striker netted his tenth goal of the season to break the deadlock against Portsmouth on Saturday and will be the focal point of most of the Bluebirds’ attacks on Tuesday night.

Selected other first goalscorers:

  • Robert Earnshaw @ 6.5 (Ladbrokes)
  • Joe Mason @ 7.5 (Betfred)
  • Rudy Gestede @ 8.0 (Coral)
  • Peter Whittingham @ 8.5 (Sky Bet)
  • Chris Martin @ 11.0 (bet365)
  • Glenn Murray @ 11.0 (bet365)
  • Jermaine Easter @ 11.0 (bet365)
  • Don Cowie @ 13.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Sean Scannell @ 13.0 (Coral)
  • Steffen Iversen @ 13.0 (bet365)
  • Wilfred Zaha @ 13.0 (bet365)
  • Aron Gunnarsson @ 15.0 (Betfred)
  • No Goalscorer @ 9.0 (Bet Victor)

Anytime Goalscorer

Cardiff midfielder Peter Whittingham looks a good shout for an anytime goalscorer at 3.6 (Paddy Power). He has scored eight goals in all competitions this season, including one against Palace in November. Whittingham has gone 11 league and cup games without scoring a goal – he is overdue getting his name on the score sheet.

Selected other anytime goalscorers:

  • Robert Earnshaw @ 2.7 (Paddy Power)
  • Joe Mason @ 2.88 (Paddy Power)
  • Rudy Gestede @ 3.25 (Coral)
  • Chris Martin @ 4.33 (bet365)
  • Glenn Murray @ 4.33 (bet365)
  • Jermaine Easter @ 4.33 (bet365)
  • Sean Scannell @ 5.0 (Coral)
  • Steffen Iversen @ 5.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Wilfred Zaha @ 5.0 (bet365)
  • Aron Gunnarsson @ 5.5 (Paddy Power)
  • Darren Ambrose @ 6.0 (bet365)

Correct Score

A fairly low scoring match is predicted with the bookmakers favouring a narrow Cardiff victory or a draw over 90 minutes. A repeat of City’s 2-0 victory against Palace last November can be backed at 7.5 (Sportingbet).

Selected other correct scores:

  • Cardiff City 1-0 @ 7.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Cardiff City 2-1 @ 8.5 (Bet Victor)
  • Cardiff City 3-0 @ 17.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Cardiff City 3-1 @ 17.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Cardiff City 3-2 @ 41.0 (Boylesports)
  • Draw 0-0 @ 9.5 (Paddy Power)
  • Draw 1-1 @ 7.5 (Ladbrokes)
  • Draw 2-2 @ 21.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Crystal Palace 1-0 @ 13.0 (bet365)
  • Crystal Palace 2-0 @ 29.0 (Coral)
  • Crystal Palace 2-1 @ 19.0 (bet365)
  • Crystal Palace 3-0 @ 81.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Crystal Palace 3-1 @ 67.0 (Boylesports)

Crystal Palace vs Cardiff City Betting

Carling Cup Semi Final First Leg

The eighth League Cup semi final between two non-top flight teams (and the first since 2000) pits Championship duo Crystal Palace against Cardiff City.

Cardiff go into this tie with superior league form, sitting in third place just two points off the automatic promotion slots while Palace have fallen away a little and find themselves eleventh. However, they are just three points away from the play-off places.

The Bluebirds beat Palace at home back in November by a 2-0 scoreline and having attended the match myself, I didn’t see what all the fuss was about Dougie Freedman’s side who were in the play-off places at the time.

Admittedly, Darren Ambrose did not participate in that match and he has been instrumental during Palace’s cup run this season, scoring a wonder goal to help knock out Manchester United in the last round.

Both teams fielded weakened sides in last weekend’s FA Cup fixtures and subsequently both were eliminated. Palace were missing key players through illness while Cardiff boss Malky Mackay rested the likes of Kenny Miller, Aron Gunnarson, captain Mark Hudson and the in-demand Peter Whittingham.

Palace go into this game with a great home record in the League Cup. Indeed, they have lost just twice in their last 30 fixtures in this competition, winning 24 of them. However, Cardiff have won three, drawn one and lost one of their last five trips to Palace in all competitions.

A tight match looks the safest bet because neither side will want to “lose” the first leg, giving them everything to play for when they meet again at the Cardiff City Stadium in a fortnight’s time. City have lost four of their last six away matches in the League Cup but have drawn seven of their 13 league matches on the road this season.

City manager Mackay has instilled a work ethic into his team and generally this campaign, Cardiff keep things tight at the back. A weakened defence was breached four times in their FA Cup defeat at West Brom last weekend but with a full-strength side, I can see this one ending goalless or possibly 1-1.

Verdict: Draw @ 3.25 (Bet Victor)

Other Results:

  • Cardiff City @ 2.38 (Betfred)
  • Crystal Palace @ 3.3 (bet365)

First Goalscorer

Crystal Palace midfielder Darren Ambrose has scored three goals in his last three appearances in the competition, including a wonder strike against Manchester United in the last round. The former Newcastle United player can be backed at 12.0 (Paddy Power).

Selected other first goalscorers:

  • Kenny Miller @ 7.0 (Betfred)
  • Robert Earnshaw @ 8.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Glenn Murray @ 8.0 (bet365)
  • Jermaine Easter @ 8.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Joe Mason @ 8.0 (Coral)
  • Chris Martin @ 8.5 (Paddy Power)
  • Wilfred Zaha @ 9.0 (Betfred)
  • Rudy Gestede @ 9.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Steffen Iversen @ 10.0 (bet365)
  • Antonio Pedroza @ 10.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Peter Whittingham @ 11.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Sean Scannell @ 11.0 (Bet Victor)
  • No Goalscorer @ 9.0 (Boylesports)

Anytime Goalscorer

The bookmakers see Kenny Miller as the biggest goal threat and he netted in City’s 2-0 league defeat of Palace last year. Miller can be backed at 2.88 (bet365) to do the same again.

Selected other anytime goalscorers:

  • Joe Mason @ 3.5 (Paddy Power)
  • Robert Earnshaw @ 3.5  (Sportingbet)
  • Glenn Murray @ 3.6 (bet365)
  • Jermaine Easter @ 3.6 (Paddy Power)
  • Chris Martin @ 3.75 (Paddy Power)
  • Wilfred Zaha @ 4.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Rudy Gestede @ 4.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Steffen Iversen @ 4.33 (bet365)
  • Antonio Pedroza @ 4.33 (bet365)
  • Peter Whittingham @ 4.5 (Paddy Power)
  • Sean Scannell @ 4.5 (bet365)
  • Darren Ambrose @ 5.0 (Paddy Power)

Correct Score

The bookmakers believe this is going to be a tight match and 1-1 can be backed at a best price of 7.0 (Ladbrokes) or 0-0 at 9.0 (Boylesports).

Selected other correct scores:

  • Crystal Palace 1-0 @ 8.5 (bet365)
  • Crystal Palace 2-0 @ 15.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Crystal Palace 2-1 @ 13.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Crystal Palace 3-0 @ 41.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Crystal Palace 3-1 @ 29.0 (Coral)
  • Draw 2-2 @ 17.0 (bet365)
  • Draw 3-3 @ 101.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Cardiff City 1-0 @ 7.5 (Bet Victor)
  • Cardiff City 2-0 @ 13.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Cardiff City 2-1 @ 11.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Cardiff City 3-0 @ 29.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Cardiff City 3-1 @ 23.0 (Ladbrokes)