Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson must decide whether to keep the same starting line-up as for Saturday’s impressive 3-2 win at Manchester City.
Cheikhou Kouyate and Wayne Hennessey are expected to be available after injuries, while Martin Kelly’s fitness is being assessed.
Cardiff pair Joe Bennett and Jazz Richards could return from injuries for the Boxing Day trip to Selhurst Park.
However, Danny Ward remains out with an unspecified problem.
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Townsend himself described the strike against Manchester City as the best goal of his career, in what was an outstanding Palace performance and one they will be keen to build on.
Cardiff face two huge away matches this week, with a trip to Leicester to come this weekend.
Their form on the road is dreadful and – with Palace boosted by one of the results and goals of the season – an unprofitable return to one of his old clubs may be on the cards for Neil Warnock.
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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: “It’s three fantastic points [against Manchester City] but we need to make certain we don’t throw them away by not doing the job we need to do against Cardiff on Boxing Day.
“We need to get points from that game as well, otherwise we would have wasted these three bonus points.”
Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock: “If you’d told me we’d be out of the bottom three at Christmas, I’d have snapped your hand off.
“I’m sure [Christmas opponents] Palace and Leicester will be rubbing their hands with glee at playing Cardiff City, but you never know.”
- Cardiff have lost three of their past four league games against Crystal Palace.
- This is their third Boxing Day meeting, with each side recording one win apiece.
- This will be the first Premier League fixture between two managers aged over 70.
- Palace have won successive matches at Selhurst Park without conceding a goal, having been winless in their previous six home games.
- They have claimed nine points from five games in December, equalling the tally they had from their opening 13 matches of the season.
- If games ended at half time, Palace would be fifth in the league table with 28 points.
- Andros Townsend has scored 17 Premier League goals – with 10 of those coming from outside the penalty area.
- Cardiff are winless in eight away league fixtures this season, losing seven of them.
- Their only Premier League away victory in the last 24 attempts was 1-0 at Southampton in April 2014.
- The Bluebirds are the only side in the division not to have led at half time this season.
- Cardiff are winless in their last five Boxing Day league games, losing three of them, since a 2-1 home triumph against Crystal Palace in 2012-13.
- Ex-Palace manager Neil Warnock is unbeaten in his last nine away games at Selhurst Park, winning six of them. They were all second-tier fixtures.