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Ahead of travelling to Crystal Palace for the first-leg of the Carling Cup semi-final, Cardiff City defender Andrew Taylor has spoken about his desire to meet Manchester City in the final as Paddy Power make Cardiff favourites in the betting.

Roberto Mancini’s men take on Liverpool in the other semi-final and if Cardiff make it past fellow Championship side Crystal Palace over two legs, Taylor wants to face former Middlesbrough team-mate Adam Johnson in the Wembley final.

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The 25-year-old said: “Johnno’s a good pal and he’s still one of my best mates. We meet up quite a lot and go on holiday together when we can.”

“We both grew up together in the Middlesbrough youth team. He lived a couple of minutes from my house, so we’ve been mates for a long time and get on really well.”

“As soon as the draw was made we were on the phone winding each other up. We were hoping we’d get drawn together but it wasn’t to be. But it could be even better now. I’ve never played against him, so to do that at Wembley would not be bad at all.”

Focus for Taylor and his Cardiff team-mates will be on Crystal Palace for now though. The first leg – taking place at Selhurst Park – gets underway on Tuesday evening and it should be a closely fought contest.

Looking at the Championship table suggests that Cardiff – who are 3rd as things stand – are slight favourites to progress to the final, with Palace down in 11th after 25 games.

However, Palace knocked out Manchester United in the last round, so anything can happen. They will also have a passionate home crowd backing them on Tuesday as they look to take a significant advantage to Wales for the second leg.

As mentioned, this one gets underway at 8pm on Tuesday as these two Championship teams put their league ambitions to one side for the evening.

Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.