Eagles Will Secure Double Over United If They Are To End Run Of Defeats

In a season that has seen Palace victorious up at Old Trafford, the challenge is on to complete an unlikely double in a bid to end the five game losing streak. That is a huge ask considering the performances of late with the visitors striving to claim a top four finish.

DATE

16th July 2020

KICK OFF

8.15pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU

LAST TIME

United last took the trip down to Selhurst Park in February 2019 when two goals from Belgian striker Romelu Lukaka put the visitors in control but a strike from Joel Ward with a little over twenty minutes left to play gave Palace hope. In an effort to push for an equaliser, the hosts were hit with a sucker punch from Ashley Young who sealed the win for the Red Devils.

OFFICIALS

REFEREE – Graham Scott

ASSISTANTS – Harry Lennard, Derek Eaton, Keith Stroud (fourth official)

VAR – Simon Hooper, Andy Garratt (assistant)

REPLACEMENT OFFICIAL – Gary Maskell

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – James Tomkins, Jeffrey Schlupp, Gary Cahill

UNITED – Luke Shaw, Brandon Williams, Axel Tuanzebe, Phil Jones

SUSPENSIONS

Christian Benteke

DISCIPLINE

Red cards – Mamadou Sakho (1), Luka Milivojevic (1), Christian Benteke (1)

Yellow cards (5+) – Luka Milivojevic (11), Fred (8), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (7), Luke Shaw (7), James McCarthy (7), James McArthur (6), Jordan Ayew (6), Brandon Williams (5), Victor Lindelof (5), James Tomkins (5), Wilfried Zaha (5)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 24/08/2019 Manchester United 1-2 Crystal Palace
  • 27/02/2019 Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester United
  • 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

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 12/07/2020 Aston Villa 2-0 Crystal Palace
  • 07/07/2020 Crystal Palace 2-3 Chelsea
  • 04/07/2020 Leicester City 3-0 Crystal Palace
  • 29/06/2020 Crystal Palace 0-1 Burnley
  • 24/06/2020 LIverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for United;

  • 13/07/2020 Manchester United 2-2 Southampton
  • 09/07/2020 Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United
  • 04/07/2020 Manchester United 5-2 Bournemouth
  • 30/06/2020 Brighton & Hove Albion 0-3 Manchester United
  • 27/06/2020 Norwich City 1-2 Manchester United

RECORD AGAINST UNITED

  • Played 56
  • Won 8
  • Drawn 11
  • Lost 37

FORM PLAYERS

Top two rated players from each team so far this season according to Who Scored;

  • Marcus Rashford 7.36
  • Anthony Martial 7.33
  • Wilfried Zaha 7.03
  • Jordan Ayew 6.95

ONE TO WATCH

AARON WAN-BISSAKA

Former clubs – Crystal Palace

It is a real shame that fans cannot be at Selhurst Park for this game to welcome back one of our own. His move to Old Trafford in the summer was gut wrenching as we all knew what kind of a player United were getting and he has proven that this season with his excellent performances.

KEY CLASH

WILFRIED ZAHA v AARON WAN-BISSAKA

It is a well know fact that when AWB was at Palace he had Wilf’s number when it came to training sessions. Obviously, competitive football is very different but with the young defender making his first return to the club since he left, it will be fascinating to watch him and Wilf up against each other in a battle that both will be relishing.

PRE MATCH STATS

  • SCORERS – Anthony Martial (16), Jordan Ayew (9)
  • ASSISTS – Bruno Fernandes (7), James McArthur (3), Wilfried Zaha (3)
  • PASSES – Harry McGuire (2321), Luka Milivojevic (1378)
  • TACKLES – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (120), James McArthur (78)
  • TOUCHES – Harry McGuire (2742), Wilfried Zaha (2019)
  • SHOTS – Marcus Rashford (89), Jordan Ayew (53)
  • CLEAN SHEETS – David de Gea (11), Vicente Guaita (10)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (103), David de Gea (86)
  • PUNCHES – Vicente Guaita (22), David de Gea (9)
  • DISPOSSESSED – Wilfried Zaha (134), Anthony Martial (55)
  • FOULS – Jordan Ayew (54), Fred (42)

PRE MATCH FACTS

  • Palace have lost their last 5 league games
  • United are undefeated in the last 11 league games
  • United have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 league matches
  • Palace’s win at Old Trafford in August ended a 22-match winless run against United
  • United are unbeaten in all 10 Premier League trips to Selhurst Park – a competition record for most away fixtures against an opponent without ever losing.
  • Palace’s most recent home win over United was 3-0 in the old First Division in May 1991.
  • The Eagles have only scored 10 goals in the 21 Premier League meetings.

PREDICTION

Once again fans will be looking for a reaction from the players after the turgid display against Villa on Sunday. There is some hope that it will be a similar performance to that in the last home game against Chelsea which ended in a narrow defeat. Let’s face it, something special is needed to snap out of this run otherwise we are staring down the barrel at an eight game losing streak to sign out of what has been a long-winded season. We are banking on a good home display to run the visitors close.

Final score: 1-2

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 9/1
  • Draw – 4/1
  • Away – 3/10
  • Both teams to score – 23/20
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