Crystal Palace will be looking to continue their recent revival as they welcome Cardiff City to Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Palace (3-1-10) endured a terrible start to the season, picking up just three points from their opening 10 games and seeing manager Ian Holloway step down. However, seven points in the last four matches have seen the London club jump off the bottom of the table and up towards safety, with new manager Tony Pulis having an immediate impact. A 1-0 midweek win over West Ham United had its fair share of fortune, but the new Palace boss has been impressed with the togetherness of his squad.
"The important thing is we've done well in respect of the team playing as team," said Pulis. "We've looked really, really solid. I don't think it is just the defence. The back four always take the credit with the goalkeeper but actually it's the people in front that makes the unit solid.
"There are going to be massive games we want to go certain ways - that's the way it is. But the most important thing is what we do between now and the end of the season. There are 24 games to go and you can't be looking over your shoulder 24 times. Looking after yourself is the most important thing. You need to focus on the team you're playing and making sure you're ready for them."
Cardiff City (3-5-6) have shown glimpses of real quality on the pitch amidst the turmoil off it, but go into Saturday's game just four points above the drop zone. A goalless draw with Stoke City on Wednesday evening made it just one win in eight for the Bluebirds during a difficult stretch of schedule that includes Arsenal and Chelsea, and manager Malky Mackay knows his team needs a good December to pull away from trouble.
"In this league it's about chipping away and picking up points as we go along," said Mackay after the game at Stoke. "We've come to another very tough place, been very resilient and been well worthy of our point tonight. We managed to restrict Stoke, so I'm happy with my team.
"The draw is probably fair, we had a couple of chances, but overall a draw was a fair result. And we got our fourth clean sheet of the season, which is something I'm delighted about."
Palace have injury doubts over Jerome Thomas (ankle) and Paddy McCarthy (groin), while Adlene Guedioura (rib), Jack Hunt (ankle) and Glenn Murray (knee) are out. Cardiff have no reported injuries.
Seven of Palace's 10 points have come at home, but they have managed a league-low five goals on their own patch. Cardiff have managed just four goals and one win in seven matches on the road.
Cardiff let a two-goal lead slip when these teams met in the Championship last season, conceding three second-half goals to lose 3-2. However, the Welsh side have won the other three of the four most recent meetings.
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