Manchester United v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 20, 2018
Old Trafford - Premier League
With the international break done and dusted, Manchester United and Crystal Palace can get back to the business of sorting out their Premier League issues. The Red Devils slumped to a disappointing derby defeat last time out, while Palace haven’t won in seven.
To say that United have had the edge over Palace in recent years is something of an understatement. The Eagles haven’t beaten the Manchester club in the league since 1991, with United winning 17 of their last 20 meetings. On top of that, the Reds were victorious when the teams met in the 2016 FA Cup.
Jose Mourinho could have serious problems up top on Saturday. Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku are all injury doubts, along with Paul Pogba. Luke Shaw is suspended, while Marouane Fellaini and Victor Lindelof are also injury concerns.
The big issue for the visitors is whether Wilfried Zaha will win his race to be fit for this game. With Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham out, and Palace heavily reliant on their Ivorian winger, Roy Hodgson will be desperate for Zaha to play.
Manchester United v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
These two teams come into this game well below the positions they were expected to be in at the start of the season. United are 12 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City in eighth place, while only goal difference is saving Palace from a spot in the relegation zone.
Mourinho’s side had gone on a decent little run before their derby defeat last time out, including comeback wins away to Bournemouth and Juventus. Their momentum was halted at the Etihad though, and United are now seven points off the Champions League places.
The Reds couldn’t ask for a better opponent on Saturday, after beating Palace in their last six meetings - including a late comeback and comfortable 4-0 success last season. Considering their current predicament and superiority over Palace, nothing but a win will do for United, and they are 2/5 to get it.
Palace are available at 8/1, but that bet looks like a sure-fire way to waste your money. The Eagles haven’t won at Old Trafford since 1989, and they are without a victory in their last seven games. A draw would be a great result for the visitors, and it’s priced at 4/1.
United to win to nil at 13/10
Don’t expect Palace to have too many chance on Saturday - especially if Zaha isn’t fit enough to play.
United to win from behind at 10/1
Or back the visitors to take a shock lead before United go on to win from behind for the third time in four matches.