Final Game Of The Season Sees Palace Host United At Selhurst

The season comes to a conclusion with Manchester United making the trip to South London which will end an impressive debut season in charge of the Eagles for Patrick Vieira.

DATE

22nd May 2022

KICK OFF

4pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park, Holmesdale Road, London SE25 6PU

LAST TIME

United last came to town in March 2021 in a game that ended with no goals and very little action to report at all.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Harry Maguire (7.5)

OFFICIALS

Referee: Martin Atkinson. Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Richard West. Fourth official: Josh Smith. VAR: Peter Bankes. Assistant VAR: Natalie Aspinall.

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Marc Guehi is a doubt after picking up a knock against Everton in midweek. Nathan Ferguson and Michael Olise will both miss out.

UNITED – Paul Pogba is out with a calf injury, while Jadon Sancho and Phil Jones are both doubts. Luke Shaw may also miss out.

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Wilfried Zaha (1), Paul Pogba (1), Harry Maguire (1)

YELLOW CARDS (7+) – Conor Gallagher (10), Bruno Fernandes (9), Scott McTominay (9), Cristiano Ronaldo (8), Joel Ward (8), Luke Shaw (8)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 05/12/21 United 1-0 Palace
  • 03/03/21 Palace 0-0 United
  • 19/09/20 United 1-3 Palace
  • 16/07/20 Palace 0-2 United
  • 24/08/19 United 1-2 Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace:

  • 19/05/22 Everton 3-2 Palace
  • 15/05/22 Villa 1-1 Palace
  • 07/05/22 Palace 1-0 Watford
  • 30/04/22 Saints 1-2 Palace
  • 25/04/22 Palace 0-0 Leeds

Last FIVE results for United;

  • 07/05/22 Brighton 4-0 United
  • 02/05/22 United 3-0 Brentford
  • 28/04/22 United 1-1 Chelsea
  • 23/04/22 Arsenal 3-1 United
  • 19/04/22 Liverpool 4-0 United

LEAGUE POSITION

Heading into the fixture, United are 6th in the Premier League with 58 points from 37 games played, while Palace are 13th with 45 points.

RECORD AGAINST UNITED

  • Played 60
  • Won 9
  • Drawn 12
  • Lost 39

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Cristiano Ronaldo 7.11
  • Conor Gallagher 7.08
  • Bruno Fernandes 7.08
  • Wilfried Zaha 6.96

ONE TO WATCH

CRISTIANO RONALDO

FORMER CLUBS – Andorinha, Nacional, Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus

Without Ronaldo, United would be in an even worse position this season which proves the impact he has had on his return to Old Trafford. It is rare to witness such a player, particularly one with such a goal scoring record.

KEY CLASH

JOACHIM ANDERSEN v CRISTIANO RONALDO

This will be the match up to look out for between two players who have been in very good form this season for their respective clubs.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

No team have won their final match of a Premier League season more often than Manchester United (20, level with Arsenal), while the Red Devils are unbeaten in their last 11 when ending the season away from home (W8 D3 since a 3-1 loss at Spurs in 2000/01).

Palace have never lost when playing their final match of a top-flight season at home, winning 6 and drawing 3 of their 9 matches dating back to 1969/70.

United’s Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 18 Premier League goals this season, only netting more in a single campaign in 2007/08 (31). However, only 4 have come away from home. Of all players to have scored 100+ goals in Premier League history, Ronaldo has netted the highest percentage in home matches (70 per cent, with 71 out of 102).

Palace have kept a clean sheet in each of their last 4 Premier League home matches. Only once have they recorded 5 consecutively in the top flight, doing so in April 1992 under Steve Coppell.

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (13 – 9th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Michael Olise (5)
  • PASSES – Marc Guehi (2346  – 8th in PL)
  • TACKLES – Tyrick Mitchell (102 – 3rd in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Marc Guehi (2720 – 10th in PL)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (67)
  • SAVES – Guaita (80 – 13th in PL)

DID YOU KNOW?

The last time Manchester United played outside the top flight of English league football was in 1975/76 under manager Tommy Docherty. He was sacked the following season.

PREDICTION

The final round of games in any league is difficult and the Premier League is no different but Palace still have an outside chance of a top ten finish while United need something from the game to ensure they stay above West Ham and finish in 6th place. We fancy the Eagles to sign off a good season and head into the summer off the back of a victory.

FINAL SCORE: 2-1

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 2/1
  • Draw – 5/2
  • Away – 5/4
  • Both teams to score – 4/7

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