With an illness-ravaged squad and half an eye on this Carling Cup semi-final first leg against Cardiff, Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman made seven changes to his starting line-up as his young Eagles side bowed out of the FA Cup on Saturday but with several players set to return, Palace should be a touch more competitive as they host the Bluebirds.
Of the three outcomes, the latter is the most likely given that the pair’s respective home and away records in the Championship are littered with stalemates and that’s a result visiting manager Malky Mackay would probably settle for.
The Eagles’ home matches this season have produced very few goals and with both teams desperate to avoid defeat, this one could follow suit. A tally of fewer than three looks a banker then at 4/6 (Skybet) and with that in mind, it’s worth considering a modest flutter on a 1-1 scoreline at 6/1 courtesy of Ladbrokes.
Crystal Palace and Cardiff to draw 1-1 – 6/1 (Ladbrokes)