Selhurst Park, Saturday 3.00pm
Midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi is a doubt for Crystal Palace after suffering concussion in the midweek 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest.
Cardiff striker Nicky Maynard (knee) is out but Craig Bellamy is expected to play after being rested in midweek, while defender Ben Turner has recovered from a foot injury.
"Danny Gabbidon's been training with us a few times over the past couple of weeks. There was nothing really in it as we were trying to keep him fit and he just showed so much quality in training.
"Paddy McCarthy is obviously missing and we've got no indication of when he's coming back, so we just felt it was a good deal for us.
"He's a great guy, has good experience, and with a lot of games coming thick and fast, I just feel that the more experience we can get around the squad, the better.
"I checked out his fitness record and he was available for every match last year at Queens Park Rangers, so I've done all my due diligence on it.
"We may have to look at Saturday against Cardiff whether he can play 10-15 minutes for us, but he certainly brings experience which we could all do with.
"He does feel fit but our science department feel he's not quite where he should be, so the last thing we want to do is to throw him in there and get a muscle injury."
"Playing against one of my other former clubs will be an interesting test on Saturday. They spent up to £10million over the summer and they carry a massive attacking threat, so we'll need to defend as well as we possibly can.
"But we also carry some attacking threat with Wilfried Zaha, Glenn Murray, Jonny Williams and Yannick Bolasie, so it will be a fascinating game.
"Having Wilfried and Yannick on both wings is exciting for the fans and it opens up space, so we're hoping that continues to develop.
"I've got fond memories of when I was manager at Cardiff and I think I was the last man to win a play-off final with them. I got them up from League One in 2003 and then I was with them for two years in the Championship before I left. They have been in many finals since then, but they haven't won one.
"Everyone was boosted from last Friday [at Charlton] and feeling on the up, but Nottingham Forest did present us with a different set of problems on Tuesday.
"They passed it around well and they changed their position with lots of movement off the ball with an open and expansive game - it was very different to Charlton.
"I think we showed we were the better team in the first half [at Charlton] and we had a bit of luck with their goal disallowed, but we've had some misfortune ourselves in the past, so these things even out.
"We showed that defensive resilience, which served us so well at times last season, and it was also another fantastic following from the fans. We haven't lost a London derby at home or away for a while, and we include Brighton in that, which for the fans is massively important."
|Date||Type||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|28/04/2012||League||Crystal Palace||1 - 2||Cardiff City|
|24/01/2012||League Cup||Cardiff City||1 - 0||Crystal Palace|
|10/01/2012||League Cup||Crystal Palace||1 - 0||Cardiff City|
|05/11/2011||League||Cardiff City||2 - 0||Crystal Palace|
|08/03/2011||League||Crystal Palace||1 - 0||Cardiff City|
Palace 2-0 Cardiff City
Saturday December 07 2013
Palace: Speroni, Gabbidon, Moxey (Mariappa, 25), Ward, Delaney, Puncheon, Dikgacoi, Bannan (O'Keefe, 84), Jedinak, Chamakh, Jerome
Subs not used: Price, Kebe, Williams, Gayle, Phillips
Goals: Jerome (6), Chamakh (57)
Cardiff City: Marshall, Turner, Theophile-Catherine, John, Caulker, Whittingham, Cowie (Noone, 45), Medel, Mutch, Bo-Kyung (Odemwingie, 60), Campbell (Cornelius, 68)
Subs not used: Connolly, Lewis, Hudson, Gunnarsson
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