Manchester United v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

May 17, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Sunday May 21 – Old Trafford – Premier League

Now reliant on the Europa League, Manchester United will only be playing for pride against the firmly safe Crystal Palace. Expect an overly defensive game as both coaches rely on negative tactics to take home points.

Past Meetings

Palace’s last win against the Red Devils came away back in the 1990/91 season, losing six of their past eight against the Mancunians. United have an overwhelmingly positive record against the Eagles, winning 23 from 36, losing only six.

Team News

Desperately preserving his first team for the Europa League final, the absences of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ashley Young, Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Luke Shaw are unlikely to have a big effect on Mourinho’s starting XI. However, Eric Bailly is a certainty to start at the back as he is suspended for next week’s showdown with Ajax.

Although at this stage of the season it has little effect, but Cyrstal Palace will be without Connor Wickham, Mamadou Sakho, Scott Dann and Papa Souare. With it being the last fixture of the season and having a couple of first teamers out, expect Sam Allardyce to experiment.

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions

If it was any other coach in charge of the Premier League, they would probably have been sacked months ago for playing second-tier style football with the most expensive squad ever assembled, but Jose Mourinho has somehow managed to keep his job in the Old Trafford hot seat. The fact that a Crystal Palace side fresh from a relegation battle could come to the most famous stadium in the Premier League fancying their chances is a little embarrassing, but potentially profitable as the Londoners are at 11/4 to take the win.

The home side are at evens and although they also have a fair chance at victory, the draw is at 11/4 and seems much more likely than either side taking all of the points. As both coaches favour parking the bus and attempting to hit back on the counter, there shouldn’t be many chances to speak of, but if betting on goalscorers seems like a good idea, back Christian Benteke to find the net first at 11/2.

Recommended Bets

1-1 Draw at 13/2

It is no surprise to see every major bookmaker give the lowest odds on a 1-1 draw, as both sides have built their season on gaining points in such a way.

Wayne Rooney to score any time at 7/4

Although the former Everton man is clearly out of sorts having been dropped for most of the season, this could be his last game for Manchester United, so expect him to push for a goal.

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