Crystal Palace take a 1-0 lead to Cardiff for the second leg of the pair’s Carling Cup semi-final and the Eagles’ slight advantage has left bookies scratching their heads with regard to who will make it to Wembley.
Blue Square for example, can’t separate the two sides, pricing both at 5/6 to ultimately reach the final but aided by home advantage in this match, Cardiff are Ladbrokes’ 4/5 favourites to edge out Dougie Freedman’s side. Nevertheless, another tight encounter is on the cards and it could be that the Bluebirds prevail by one, an outcome Stan James rate at 5/2.
A 1-0 Cardiff win at 6/1 via Betfred, will ensure that a penalty shootout is still possible and with a close affair likely that’s a distinct possibility. Backing the tie at 11/1 (bet365) to be decided by the lottery of a showdown from twelve yards could be the route to profit then or alternatively William Hill chalk 12/1 against a victory for Malky Mackay’s troops in extra-time.
Cardiff to win on penalties – 11/1 (bet365)