Desperate Crystal Palace are hoping to avoid relegation at the end of the season, but for that, they need to get as many points as possible. Unfortunately for them, their schedule is pretty tough. In March they will play against Liverpool, Chelsea, and, of course, Manchester United, which is a duel that will take place this Monday at Selhurst Park.
In the Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United game, we’ll see the host doing their best to win at least a point and stay above the relegation zone. The visiting team will do their utmost to win all three points in order to keep the 2nd spot on the Premier League table, considering that Liverpool is dangerously close.
All of this means that we’re bound to witness an entertaining game on Monday evening. To add to the excitement, why not place a little bet? If you need a betting advice, you need to read this match prediction till the end!
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United Betting Preview
The title race is over – it’s almost certain that Manchester City will take the title this season. But, a true battle is going on at the bottom of the table. Crystal Palace is currently one spot above the relegation zone, but they have the same number of points as Swansea City, a team that’s gonna get relegated unless they move upwards on the table pretty soon. Stoke is also in the relegation zone, with just 2 points less than Crystal Palace.
All of this means that in order to ensure a spot in the Premier League next season, Crystal Palace players need to start playing better. They’re currently in a really poor run – they lost 3 out of 5 previous matches. To be fair, they did play against fairly tough opponents (Arsenal, Everton, and Tottenham). Unfortunately, tough games keep on coming.
However, the worst thing is not the difficult schedule nor the poor form of Crystal Palace players. The biggest problem this team has is that more than a dozen regulars are either injured or having fitness problems. Because of that, we’re likely to see a number of B-side players in the starting eleven of Crystal Palace against Man Utd.
The Red Devils can’t be too proud of their recent form. They lost 2 games in their previous 4 Premier League duels, not to mention that their performance against Sevilla in the Champions League was pretty pathetic. Only luck (and David De Gea) saved Manchester United from a massive defeat in Spain. Still, they did play very well in the previous round of the Premier League, in which they beat Chelsea 2:1 at the Old Trafford.
Same as Crystal Palace, Man United are also in the middle of a pretty difficult schedule. After the game on Monday, they have several difficult matches ahead, including the one against Liverpool and the second part of the doubleheader with Sevilla. Still, this doesn’t mean Mourinho’s side will have an excuse if they don’t win against Crystal Palace. According to Tranfermarkt, the squad of Red Devils is 4 times worth the squad of their next opponent.
Crystal Palace absentees:
- Yohan Cabaye (injury)
- Scott Dann (injury)
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek (injury)
- Jason Puncheon (injury)
- Bakary Sako (injury)
- Jeffery Schlupp (injury)
- Julian Speroni (injury)
- Joel Ward (injury)
- Connor Wickham (injury)
- Wilfried Zaha (injury)
- Martin Kelly (doubtful)
- Mamadou Sakho (doubtful)
Manchester United absentees:
- Daley Blind (injury)
- Marouane Fellaini (injury)
- Ander Herrera (injury)
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic (injury)
- Phil Jones (doubtful)
- Marcos Rojo (doubtful)
Crystal Palace: Hennessey – Tomkins, Fosu-Mensah, Wan-Bissaka, van Aanholt – McArthur, Milivojevic, Riedewald – Townsend, Sørloth, Benteke
Manchester United: De Gea – Valencia, Young, Lindelöf, Smalling – Matić, Pogba, McTominay – Lingard, Sanchez, Lukaku
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United Match Prediction
Everything but an easy Man United win would be a big surprise. I expect to see at least a couple of goals in the net of Crystal Palace, which is why betting on Asian Handicap seems like a pretty decent choice. If you decide to go this road, Manchester United -1.5 (AH) would be my recommendation.
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United Betting Tip
Manchester United -1.5 (Asian Handicap) @2.42