For the second of three games in a busy Premier League week, Palace welcome Manchester United to Selhurst Park as the fixture list heads towards the final straight.
This is a fixture that has rarely been kind to Palace with United having the upper hand over the Eagles more often than not, but there is hope following the goalless draw at Old Trafford earlier in the season.
The Reds travel to Manchester off the back of a hard fought draw at home to Liverpool which saw boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having to make three substitutions before half time, and even then he could have made more if he were able.
Whether that will play into the hands of Palace for this game will simply be dismissed by Roy Hodgson who this week became the oldest Premier League manager, overtaking the late Sir Bobby Robson.
Palace themselves have options but it is likely that the same starting eleven will line up against United, if fit. There is a doubt over Mamadou Sakho who left the field at the King Power with the same knee injury that has been troubling him for a few weeks. It may be that a decision will be made to sit him out of this with some more important match ups coming up for Palace.
The suggestion that this is a ‘free hit’ should be elimanted from the mindset but is a common saying among fans when their team faces any of the top six. As has been shown aready this season, it is a competitive match in which anything can happen. There is no reason why the Eagles cannot stem the flow of recent form going against them in this fixture, with another counter attacking master class, this time at home against a side that will come at them.
CRYSTAL PALACE – Pape Souare, Julian Speroni and Martin Kelly all miss out while Mamadou Sakho and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are doubtful.
MANCHESTER UNITED – Marcus Rashford is a doubt while Antonia Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial, Nemanja Matic, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones are absent due to injury.
The last time the two sides met was at Old Trafford back in November when the Eagles stopped the constant flow of losses against United. In what ended up a scoreless draw, Palace really should have made their way back to South London with all three points after missing several guilt edged opportunities, the best chance falling to Andros Townsend after a mazy run but he failed to convert.
Who Scored man of the match – Wayne Hennessey (8.4)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 24/11/2018 Manchester United 0-0 Crystal Palace
- 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
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 23/02/2019 Leicester City 1-4 Crystal Palace
- 17/02/2019 Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Crystal Palace
- 09/02/2019 Crystal Palace 1-1 West Ham United
- 02/02/2019 Crystal Palace 2-0 Fulham
- 30/01/2019 Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for United;
- 24/02/2019 Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool
- 18/02/2019 Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United
- 12/02/2019 Manchester United 0-2 Paris Saint Germain
- 09/02/2019 Fulham 0-3 Manchester United
- 03/02/2019 Leicester City 0-1 Manchester United
THE RECORD AGAINST UNITED
- Played 54
- Won 7
- Drawn 11
- Lost 36
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Paul Pogba 7.53
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.23
- Luka Milivojevic 7.17
- Marcus Rashford 7.05
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – none
The striker joined the United academy from Fletcher Moss Rangers in 2005 and made his breakthrough to the first team in 2015. He has already gone on to make a century of appearances for United and is only 21-years of age. With over thirty international caps for England to his name as well, there is no doubting that he has a long career ahead of him. However, he failed to flourish under the management of Jose Mourinho but he is back to his dangerous best with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm. With nine Premier League goals to his name, he will be keen on adding to that tally before the season is out.
The pundits will have this down as an away win but when you consider the form of each side is not a lot different, it may end up being closer than many are expecting. With United coming off a bruising encouter with title chasing Liverpool and the Eagles tails up after the trouncing of Leicester, two well matched sides will meet in the evening kick off in South London. TEB are boldly going for the hosts to pick up a point in a score draw.
- TEB prediction – draw
- Andrew Kilduff prediction (see link below) – away win
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 21/10
- Draw – 23/10
- Away – 13/10
- Both teams to score – 4/6