Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

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Selhurst Park

05/03/2018 | 8:00 pm

Manchester United

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Selhurst Park

05/03/2018 | 8:00 pm

In a sentence: Manchester United return to Selhurst Park eager to make more inroads into Manchester City’s lead at the top, whilst it is all hands to the pump for a Palace side with plenty of work to do if they are to avoid the drop.

Last time: Goals from Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were enough to see the Red Devils take all three points yet again from Selhurst Park last season. James McArthur’s strike for Palace may have threatened United but in the end, Mourinho guided his side to another maximum in December 2016.

This time: Crystal Palace are 11/2 to win with Manchester United at 11/20 and the draw 14/5.

You might remember: Who can forget Eric Cantona’s moment of madness in 1995 when the enigmatic Frenchman aimed a kung fu kick at a Palace fan after seeing red. Palace went on to equalise in the game which proved costly to the Reds as Blackburn went on to claim the title by one point, while the Eagles sunk to relegation.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku comes into this game full of confidence after his man of the match display against Chelsea last weekend

Palace chairman Steve Parish has openly admitted he is beginning to prepare for life in the Championship but with 10 games still to go, that may be a little premature. How that will affect the players remains to be seen as in-form United travel to Selhurst Park aiming to add another three points to their tally in their bid to finish as runners-up.

Crystal Palace are 11/2 to win and such a long price does make them backable. Although just two points from their last five league games is a worry, home form has not been a complete disaster having collected 17 points and four wins at Selhurst Park.

Manchester United are 11/20 to win and that is of little surprise. United have not lost to the Eagles since 1991 and with confidence high after beating Chelsea and plenty of rest, backing United – particularly in an accumulator – is a sensible option.

The draw is 14/5 and as Palace are desperate for points, it would be a good result for them and if things go their way this weekend, could give them a single point breathing space. However, with only two draws in the last 10 meetings between the two, even that may be a stretch too far for an Eagles side bereft of confidence.

Over 2.5 goals in the game is at evens and that is worth a serious look at. United have found the back of the net 22 times on the road this season, while Palace boast a respectable 16 at home. Although the stats suggest it will not be complete goals galore, there is enough about these two to trouble the back of the net.

Both teams to score is 21/20 and if you want to add a bank of insurance and potential profitability to your bets, then this is worth considering. United conceded in their last Premier League away trip and have let Palace in with a goal in three of their last four top flight meetings, whilst the Eagles continue to average just over one goal a game at home this season.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

An early goal. In three of the last four Premier League meetings between the two, a goal has been scored in the opening 15 minutes.

A goal to be scored before the half hour mark is 5/6, and a fast start is looking like it will be on the cards.

2

We fancy:

Manchester United to win and both teams to score is 11/4 and that looks a banker.

Palace have proven they can find the net at home but also that they are susceptible to throwing away points. United’s squad is simply too strong, and they will take control of the game.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Palace need to win, that much is clear and for them to repeat their 3-0 win of 1991 is 80/1.

Long indeed but the Red Devils have also shown that they do have their off day and if the Eagles catch it just right, it could be a famous win.

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Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!