Crystal Palace v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 01, 2018
Selhurst Park - Premier League
Manchester United look to continue their impressive form as they travel to Selhurst Park this weekend to face Crystal Palace. Roy Hodgson's side has been struggling recently, and has a difficult task ahead of him to keep the Reds at bay.
Palace have failed to beat United in their last six meetings with the club, with their only point coming from a draw back in 2015. The reverse fixture saw United win 4-0, with a rare Marouane Fellaini brace sandwiched in-between goals from Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata.
Hodgson's side are still in the midst of an injury crisis, and were forced to play youngsters Alexander Sorloth and Jairo Riedewald against Tottenham last week. With the likes of Wilfred Zaha, Jason Puncheon, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Bakary Sako all out, they have lost much of their attacking impetus, and rely on defensive solidity.
Fellaini will miss out on the change to score in both games against Palace, having been out with a knee injury for a month, with a similar injury discounting Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Daley Blind and Anger Herrera will both miss out, as they are both suffering from leg injuries of their own.
Crystal Palace v Manchester United Preview and Predictions
You have to feel for Roy Hodgson, the former-England manager did a great job to turn Palace's season around when he was appointed manager back in September. However, in the last two months, his side has been decimated by injuries, to the point that the Eagles have the third worst form in the league over their last six games.
Even so, his side put in an admirable shift last week, and kept Tottenham at bay, only for Harry Kane to score with two minutes remaining. With Andros Townsend his only real creative player, Hodgson has to place all his eggs in the defensive basket, and hope that he can keep United from scoring this weekend.
This will be no easy task, as Jose Mourinho's side will be brimming with confidence having beaten Chelsea last week. An added bonus was Romelu Lukaku's goal, which seemed to breach new life into the forward, and inspired him to make a lung-busting run right at the end of the game. The big Belgian is 7/5 to score anytime against Palace.
With no mid-week fixture to deal with, Hodgson cannot even rely on Mourinho having to rest players. Whilst it is likely that there may be some rotation, Man U have a number of injuries, meaning that the likes of Paul Pogba and Lukaku are highly likely to start. Keeping this side at bay may well be an impossible task for the Eagles.
Under 2.5 goals scored at 22/25
Hodgson's side will defend deep and play for the draw. If their game against Spurs was anything to go by, they should be able to keep the scoring low.
Lukaku to score first at 4/1
Full of confidence and with three goals in his last three games, Lukaku is a good bet to keep his run going.