Thursday, December 29, 2011

Carling Cup: Can Crystal Palace go on to win the Carling Cup?

Crystal Palace are one of two Championship sides that remain in the 2011/12 League Cup. Out of the two Championship sides, Crystal Palace remain to be the team that have performed at a lower level than their Championship counterpart and League Cup semi-final opposition Cardiff City.

In the Championship Cardiff are in 5th position with 38 points, whereas Palace currently reside in 8th position with 33 points. The Eagles have never won any form of silverware, but the last time they came close was back in 1990 where the London club managed to get to an FA Cup final. The final of the FA Cup was played over two legs with the first leg ending in a 3-3 draw after extra-time. The second leg, unfortunately for Crystal Palace fans, ended in a 1-0 defeat against the legendary Man United.

So, to answer the question in the title: “Can Crystal Palace go on to win the Carling Cup?” The answer to this particular question would have to be no. The Eagles are certainly not up to the standards of the other semi-finalists and Premier League outfits Manchester City and Liverpool. People looking at the Carling Cup betting should remember this.

Plus, they have to undertake the difficult task of fending off the Welsh side in the semi-finals of the competition. My match prediction for the first leg of the matchup between Crystal Palace and Cardiff City, hosted at Selhurst Park, will be a 1-1 draw. This result will benefit The Bluebirds more as the away goals rule applies in the League Cup.  Those looking at the odds carling cup final should bear this in mind.

Palace's best player, or the player that will have the biggest impact in the League Cup semi-final first leg matchup, has to be their top goal scorer so far this season, Glenn Murray. The Eagles' striker has so far made a total of 23 appearances and scored a total of 6 goals.

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