Premier League: Crystal Palace vs Manchester United preview


Manchester United will be looking to secure back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since August when they travel to meet Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday. The most recent encounter between the two teams was at Wembley in the FA Cup final last season, Manchester United won 2-1 after extra time thanks to a goal from Jesse Lingard. The Eagles have not won any of the last 10 competitive matches against the Red Devils, and avoided defeat on just four occasions.

Crystal Palace are still in a precarious position, just three points above the relegation zone, despite going unbeaten in their last two matches. Last weekend they secured a 3-3 draw at Hull City thanks to a late goal from Fraizer Campbell, while the week before they recorded an impressive 3-0 victory at home over Southampton. They are scoring freely this season, they are fifth in the Premier League when it comes to scored goals, but their defence has let them down on more than one occasion. Jason Puncheon is suspended for this match, while Pape Soaure, Connor Wickham, Jonathan Benteke, Steve Mandanda and Loic Remy are on the injured list.

Manchester United secured an important 1-0 victory over Tottenham last weekend, a result which places them six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City. They need to build upon that momentum, if they can't secure back-to-back wins they will never manage to climb towards the top four. Antonio Valencia is suspended for this match, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Chris Smalling are injured. Luke Shaw is on the path to recovery but he might have to wait for an opportunity to get back into the starting eleven.

Probable line-ups:

Crystal Palace: Hennessey - Kelly, Dann, Delaney, Ward - Ledley, McArthur - Townsend, Cabaye, Zaha - Benteke

Man United: De Gea - Young, Bailly, Jones, Darmian - Herrera, Carrick - Lingard, Pogba, Martial - Ibrahimovic

My prediction: Manchester United to win 2-1.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Crystal Palace win - 5.25
Draw - 4.00
Man United win - 1.70

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Members Comments

  • Bulgaria sharpe

    16/12/16

    It was tough game for United which they barely won in the end. Referees made few mistakes during the game but I don' t think any of those influenced the end result.
    United was obviously the better side on the field but once again the misses don't allow them to achieve a solid victory.
    Pogba has been very good for United with a goal and an assist and they now are in the hunt of top 4, something which didn't looked to likely just couple of turns back.

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