Palace defender Anthony Gardner scored the only goal of the first leg, and with another strong defensive performance, the club will make its first cup final appearance at Wembley since 1990.
Let's look at a complete preview for this exciting Carling Cup semifinal match.
Where: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
Watch: Fox Soccer Plus
Live Stream: FoxSoccer.tv
When: Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 2:45 p.m. EST
Player to watch for Cardiff City: Kenny Miller
Will the winner of this semifinal fixture win the Carling Cup?
Cardiff City forward Kenny Miller has scored eight goals with four assists in the Championship this season, and had a goal disallowed in the first leg that would have resulted in a draw.
Instead his club are down a goal and they need him to play better in the second leg. Miller must lead the Cardiff attack or they will not make the final in Wembley.
For the competition, Miller has one goal and an assist.
Player to watch for Crystal Palace: Anthony Gardner
The former Tottenham defender gives Crystal Palace a talented player at the back and a good amount of experience as well.
Gardner's goal in the first leg is the difference in the tie right now, and he will play an important role in maintaining that advantage for Palace.
Expect Gardner to play a fantastic match on Tuesday.
Key Matchup: Crystal Palace back four vs. Cardiff City forwards
With only a one-goal advantage from the first leg, Cardiff City will no doubt send all they have at the Crystal Palace back four, and it will be a fun battle to watch unfold.
The Palace defense has allowed just 25 goals in the Championship this season, which is second to West Ham for the fewest given up.
On the semifinal stage, this matchup will be quite exciting to watch.
What They're Saying
Palace manager Dougie Freedman spoke about the upcoming semifinal match, via the Streatham Guardian:
It would be massive to get to the final.
I am delighted the club is moving forward and everything is changing.
Standards are being raised and everyone is buying into that, not just the players on the pitch, but the staff around the club as well.
We have had a lot of nerve-wracking nights at Selhurst Park over the last few years and to have nights like the first leg last Tuesday and at Manchester United, Brighton and Millwall, is great for us as players.
Prediction: Palace win 1-0 and advance to Carling Cup Final
Crystal Palace has had a ton of success in the Carling Cup this season, and after winning at Old Trafford earlier in the quarterfinal, they will have every ounce of confidence needed to advance to the final on Tuesday.
Their strong defense will not surrender a goal for a second straight match against Cardiff City, and Palace will find one goal for a 2-0 aggregate score to win the tie.