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Magnusson relishing Crystal Palace challenge

City defender Hordur Magnusson says it will be "amazing for the club" to reach its first League Cup quarter-final for almost 30 years.

A win against Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace tonight (7.45pm) will ensure just that.

City have already dumped Premier League clubs Watford and Stoke City out of the Carabao Cup after their first round victory over Plymouth.

Palace will therefore be City's third top division opponents in the competition and are a side with only three wins all season - one of those against champions Chelsea.

With Bristol City's first League Cup quarter-final since 1989 up for grabs, Magnusson said: "I'm happy if we can do that and hopefully we will do that for our fans. It will be amazing for the club to go through against a Premier League team and hopefully we get another good one after the win but we hope for the best.

"It's nice to get another game against an experienced club instead of another Championship side. We look forward to playing a good team.

"They have good players so we just need to be focussed and we know it won't be easy. All games are difficult and we just go into it wanting to win."

Reflecting on the fact that the Eagles have won only a single league game this season, Magnusson said: "That is just football. It doesn't matter which team they play against, they can beat anyone in the Premier League. It doesn't matter who they play against and it will be a tough game for us."

The defender also told BCTV about helping to secure Iceland's first ever spot at the World Cup finals, after securing a 2-0 win against Kosovo earlier this month.

He said: "It means a lot for me and for all Icelandic people...and I just can't wait to get playing in the summer.

"I think every kid dreams about going to the World Cup or European Championships. It was a big dream for me. I was a young kid watching the English leagues and I just dreamt of being there one day and now I am here and in a World Cup so I am happy about that."

City v Crystal Palace kicks off at 7.45pm at Ashton Gate.

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