Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: Predictions, betting tips, odds & match preview
The Red Devils faced a blip in the radar last Monday against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton, when they conceded in the 95th minute and had to settle for a draw. However, nothing could be more remedial than travelling to Selhurst Park this week, where they’ll meet a team that have lost five of their last six games since the Premier League restart.
Scroll on down and take a deep-dive into our Crystal Palace vs Manchester United predictions and betting tips…
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Roy Hodgson’s men haven’t fared well since football returned behind closed doors, with only a solitary victory in their last six games – and even that was a torrid encounter where they only narrowly edged past Burnley.
Their most recent venture into the fray featured more of the same against Dean Smiths Aston Villa. Though the Lions are in desperate need of points, they too would have been surprised about the lackadaisical nature of the Palace defence.
Indeed, the likes of Jack Grealish and John McGinn posed many questions of the opposition back four, either side of a controversial VAR call on Mamadou Sakho’s handball-inspired goal. However, it was the Egyptian winger Trezeguet who came up with the goods for Villa with a sumptuous brace for the ages; his first was a wonderful side-foot into the back of the net, while the second was a toe-poker that earned his side three vital points.
A sloppy first-half performance ultimately sealed the deal for Hodgson’s men – not surprising at all, considering that they’ve failed to score in the first half of 26 of their 35 Premier League games this season.
In comparison, United sit on the opposite end of the spectrum, as they showcased against the Saints on Monday evening.
Though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men did concede in the 12th minute of the game courtesy of a Stuart Armstrong opener, they fought back through goals from the in-form Anthony Martial and skipper Marcus Rashford in the first-half.
The Red Devils maintained this lead for 73 minutes, and yet they were undone in the 96th minute thanks to a Michael Obafemi equaliser.
Having drawn against the Saints, United now need to win their last three games to qualify for the Champions League. The opponents? West Ham, Chelsea and Leicester City.
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Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Predictions
Sure, Palace may still be seething over their disallowed goal, and the sending off for Christian Benteke in the Belgian’s post-match kerfuffle, but the manner of their defeat should be more concerning.
The midfield pairing of James McArthur andLuka Milivojević did very little to act as a defensive dam to the Villa counterattacks that fed the likes of Grealish and Benteke up front. Meanwhile, in and around the back four, Sakho and Scott Dan weren’t any more helpful in keeping Trezeguet out of the goal scoring action.
Another defeat to add to their last four losses only compounds the misery Hodgson and his men have faced in the business end of the season.
The Eagles are experiencing their poorest run in the league since September 2017, and the odds – and indeed form – suggests they’ll be facing even more doom and gloom come this Thursday.
After all, Hodgson’s men will be locking horns with a team that have been racking up the wins, with a whole host of attacking outlets on hand to do the damage at Selhurst Park.
Whether it’s Bruno Fernandes, who has now provided seven assists to the season despite having only joined in February, or Martial – the Frenchman has racked up 16 goals for this campaign, as his best ever return for the Red Devils – Paul Pogba, or Mason Greenwood, the hosts won’t be able to contain them all.
But as the Saints proved on Monday, United are not infallible. For all their good form, they are prone to fumbling at the back, and if there’s any respite for the Eagles, it could come through set-pieces – something Benteke could have been useful for (sigh).
All in all, while our Crystal Palace vs Manchester United do expect the visitors to emerge as victors, the odds about the hosts clinching a goal for themselves won’t be completely off the cards.
Sqwuaka Stat: Anthony Martial racked up three shots, one assist, one goal, and 100% passing accuracy against the Saints.
The Frenchman is on track to record 20 goals for the season, and is finally in prolific form under Solskjaer, having spent a large portion of the campaign on the side-lines.
Indeed, Martial is finally channelling his full potential, evident in his majestic performance against Southampton. The 24-year-old was simply untouchable, with a wonderful goal and assist to cap a display that peaked in all departments, from 100% of aerial duels won, to a perfect pass-completion score.
Coming off the left flank and sometimes operating in more central positions, the Saints defence found it very hard to pidgeon-hole Martial to the odd cross or dribble – he was in the thick of the action across the 90 minutes.
And with the Red Devils already having won 13 penalties this season from fast flank play – the most accumulated by any team in a single Premier League campaign – you can bet your PS4 on Martial causing more trouble, and potentially gaining more decisions in the box for his side.
Given what we’ve already seen in Hodgson’s soft central midfield-pairing, there’s every chance he’ll be terrorising the Eagles’ midfielders and defenders alike this Wednesday, with the odds about more goals for his personally tally well worth a punt in our Crystal Palace vs Manchester United predictions and betting tips.
Having claimed the most penalties in an entire Premier League campaign (13), should the Red Devils snap another, you can expect them to net…
Crystal Palace Form
Aston Villa 2-0 Crystal Palace (12/07/20 – Premier League)
Crystal Palace 2-3 Chelsea (07/07/20 – Premier League)
Leicester City 3-0 Crystal Palace (04/07/20 – Premier League)
Crystal Palace 0-1 Burnley (29/06/20 – Premier League)
Liverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace (24/06/20 – Premier League)
Manchester United Form
Southampton 2-2 Manchester United (13/07/20 – Premier League)
Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester United (09/07/20 – Premier League)
Manchester United 5-2 Bournemouth (04/07/20 – Premier League)
Brighton 0-3 Manchester United (30/06/20 – Premier League)
Norwich 1-2 Manchester United (27/06/20 – FA Cup quarterfinal)