Double Over United Will Surprise Many After Recent Palace Performances

The hastily arranged fixture against high flying United comes at a difficult time for Palace with a lengthy injury list and a squad of players desperately needing reinforcements from the treatment room.

DATE

3rd March 2021

KICK OFF

8.15pm

VENUE

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

LAST TIME

United last travelled to South London in July 2020 to take on Palace and after a goalless first half, Marcus Rashford gave the visitors the lead right after half time. Anthony Martial doubled the lead with just other ten minutes left to play.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Marcus Rashford (8.7)

OFFICIALS

Referee – Andre Marriner

Assistants – Scott Ledger, Marc Perry, Kevin Friend (fourth official)

VAR – Mike Dean, Stephen Child (assistant)

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – Wilfried Zaha, Nathaniel Clyne, James McArthur, Connor Wickham, Jeffrey Schlupp, Mamadou Sakho, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson, James Tomkins

UNITED – Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani Gomez, Juan Mata, Phil Jones

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Luka Milivojevic (1), Christian Benteke (1), Anthony Martial (1)

YELLOW CARDS (4+) – Luka Milivojevic (7), Harry Maguire (7), Bruno Fernandes (5), Luke Shaw (5), Wilfried Zaha (4), Fred (4)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 19/09/2020 Manchester 1-3 Crystal Palace
  • 16/07/2020 Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United
  • 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

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 28/02/2021 Crystal Palace 0-0 Fulham
  • 22/02/2021 Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Crystal Palace
  • 13/02/2021 Crystal Palace 0-3 Burnley
  • 08/02/2021 Leeds United 2-0 Crystal Palace
  • 02/02/2021 Newcastle United 1-2 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for United;

  • 28/02/2021 Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United
  • 25/02/2021 Manchester United 0-0 Real Sociedad
  • 21/02/2021 Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle United
  • 18/02/2021 Real Sociedad 0-4 Crystal Palace
  • 14/02/2021 West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Manchester United

RECORD AGAINST UNITED

  • Played 58
  • Won 9
  • Drawn 11
  • Lost 38

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Bruno Fernandes 7.53
  • Marcus Rashford 7.23
  • Wilfried Zaha 6.96
  • Andros Townsend 6.89

ONE TO WATCH

BRUNO FERNANDES

FORMER CLUBS – Infesta, Boavista, Pasteleira (loan), Novara, Udinese, Sampdoria, Sporting Lisbon

The Portuguese international has been one of the biggest signings for United in recent times when you look at how much influence he has on the team. The 26 year old is on his fifth senior club and has settled in better than anyone expected after stints in Italy and Portugal.

KEY CLASH

ANDROS TOWNSEND v LUKE SHAW

The Palace man has had a decent couple of games of late and will be up against a full back who has had a very good season and looking to grab a place with England at the Euros this summer.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • United are undefeated in their last 20 away matches
  • Palace are unbeaten in their last 3 away games against United
  • United have been drawing at both half time and full time in 5 of their last 7 away matches
  • Palace have not beaten United at home in 15 attempts
  • Palace’s last win at Selhurst against United was back in May 1991
  • United have won their last 4 away matches against Palace

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (9 – 11th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Andros Townsend (4)
  • PASSES – Luka Milivojevic (897)
  • TACKLES – Andros Townsend (61 – 7th in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Cheikhou Kouyate (1163)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (44)

PREDICTION

With recent performances in mind, it is hard to see Palace getting anything out of this game even if there is a chance of doing the double over United for what we believe would be the first time ever. However, the fixture falls right before the Manchester derby at the weekend but even that is unlikely to see the visitors take their eye off the ball.

FINAL SCORE: 0-2

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 13/2
  • Draw – 7/2
  • Away – 2/5
  • Both teams to score – 10/11

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