Premier League Preview – Manchester United
To end what has been a pretty difficult run of Premier League fixtures, the Eagles make the trip to Old Trafford this weekend to face Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.
It has not been a happy hunting ground for Palace. The last win there was in the League Cup seven years ago but you have to go back further to find the last three points in the league – December 1989, three years before the Premier League began!
Having said that, records are there to be broken … right?
There is a chance that a loss will see the Eagles drop into the bottom three depending on other results and while that may be a little demoralising, it could well be the kick up the backside the side needs going into a busy December.
Roy Hodgson will want to avoid that eventuality and will think that his side playing to their strengths on the break at pace will cause the hosts enough problems to get something out of the game. Of course, Palace are underdogs going into this game but Mourinho will be having none of it.
The spanner in the works could be a number of potential injury doubts for the visitors but that is likely to be matched by a few United players missing out ahead of their final Champions League game in midweek.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Mamadou Sakho (back), James Tomkins (knee), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (shoulder), Wilfried Zaha (hamstring) and Scott Dann (fitness) are all slight doubts. Connor Wickham (thigh) and Christian Benteke (knee) both continue to miss out.
MANCHESTER UNITED – Marcus Rashford (knock), Eric Bailly (knock), Anthony Martial (groin), Marouane Fellaini (groin), Romelu Lukaku (hamstring), Paul Pogba (thigh) and Diogo Dalot (knock) are all slight doubts.
The last time these two sides met was at Selhurst Park in March for what turned out to be a feast of goals. Andros Townsend got the home crowd jumping by giving Palace the lead early on and it got even better when Patrick van Aanholt doubled the advantage early in the second half. The fight back began with a goal from Chris Smalling soon after and Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku levelled things up with a little under a quarter of an hour to go. Then, in injury time, unlikely hero Nemanja Matic stepped up to score the winner for United from distance.
Who Scored man of the match – Christian Benteke (8.6)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 05/03/2018 Crystal Palace 2-3 Manchester United
- 30/09/2017 Manchester United 4-0 Crystal Palace
- 21/05/2017 Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace
- 14/12/2016 Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United
- 21/05/2016 Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 10/11/2018 Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
- 04/11/2018 Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace
- 31/10/2018 Middlesbrough 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 28/10/2018 Crystal Palace 2-2 Arsenal
- 21/10/2018 Everton 2-0 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for United;
- 11/11/2018 Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United
- 07/11/2018 Juventus 1-2 Manchester United
- 03/11/2018 Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United
- 28/10/2018 Manchester United 2-1 Everton
- 23/10/2018 Manchester United 0-1 Juventus
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.31
- Paul Pogba 7.14
- Anthony Martial 7.09
- Luka Milivojevic 7.02
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – CO Les Ulis, Lyon, Monaco
The 22 year old striker has found some form this season which has seen him feature for United more often than not. The French international, who has 18 full caps, joined United from Monaco in 2015 for a fee of £36million which was rumoured to potentially increase to £58million in time. He made his professional debut for Lyon in 2013 after working his way through the youth system but it was at Monaco where he showed some real potential. To date, Martial is close to making a century of appearances for the Manchester club.
Let us not kid ourselves here, everything points towards a home win in this match up as it has never been a kind fixture to Palace over the years. The last win for the South Londoners was a number of years back in the League Cup when Darren Ambrose scored THAT goal. Perhaps there is a glimmer of hope though with United not in the best of form, currently sitting eighth in the Premier League, and maybe having one eye on the Champions League next week. Admittedly, the Eagles are not in great form either but have run a number of the top sides close in what has been a tough run of games.
- TEB prediction – draw
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 4/11
- Draw – 4/1
- Away – 15/2
- Both teams to score – 19/20