Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Prediction: Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

Verdict: Man United to Win to Nil

Best Odds: 8/13

Bookmaker: bet365

Rampant Manchester United will be keen to continue the charge when they lock horns with tragic Crystal Palace on Saturday. The two sides head into the match at Old Trafford in contrasting form with Eagles yet to record a win in the new Premier League season.

Manchester United

The Red Devils might have a couple of unfortunate injury issues to deal with but Jose Mourinho has a squad deep enough and quality enough to successfully tackle any issues.

Manchester United truly look as a compact unit this season and for the first time in last few years the Red Devils do indeed strike us as genuine title contenders. With only that 2-2 draw at Stoke ruining their overall perfect record across all competitions, Manchester United continued the winning streak during the week. They are travelling back from their long trip to Russia with a wide smile on their faces and will have another compelling performance and comprehensive 4-1 to thank for it. Romelu Lukaku extended his flying form with a brace against CSKA Moscow whereas Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed the scoring. Jose Mourinho can be pleased with his team’s mentality, attitude and form which is why Manchester United are seen as clear-cut favorutes to grab another three points against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Team News

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo remain the long-term absentees for United. Anthony Martial limped off in the second half in Moscow and will be a doubt for Crystal Palace.

A definite timeline is yet to be determined regarding Paul Pogba’s fitness issue, while United will also have to do without Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones for the upcoming match.

Crystal Palace

History is currently being written at Loftus Road but not a kind to be proud of. Crystal Palace have become the first team to open a Premier League season with no wins and – more worryingly – no goals in their first six matches.

Frank de Boer was seen as a problem initially but Roy Hodgson failed to break the hoodoo and Crystal Palace head into the Saturday’s match at Old Trafford with a big burden on their back. The biggest question is how to solve the striker issue. Christian Benteke’s knee injury is rubbing salt into Palace wounds at the moment as the Eagles are left without a single recognized frontman ahead of the trip to Manchester. Roy Hodgson is considering his options and is thinking about adding a free agent to his ranks with the 33-year-old Carlton Cole ready to step in to help out. He was released by Indonesian side Persib Bandung last month and is seen as an interim solution to Palace’s woes. As if the injury problems weren’t enough, Crystal Palace travel to Old Trafford with a poor record against Red Devils. The Eagles have never beaten United in the Premier League and have only three points to their name since 1992.

Team News

Christian Benteke suffered a knee injury against Manchester City and is likely to sit through next six weeks at least. Connor Wickham is also ruled out until January.

Palace star Wilfried Zaha is back in training following his knee injury but the game against his former club is still coming too early for him.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Manchester United won last five matches in all competitions
  • Crystal Palace lost all six Premier League matches this season
  • Eagles are yet to score a goal in the league
  • Crystal Palace have never beaten Man United in the Premier League
  • Romelu Lukaku scored 10 goals in 9 matches for United

Conclusion

There is hardly a single grain of doubt as to who will win the Saturday’s match at Old Trafford. Manchester United are flying at the moment and are expect to run riot against the devastated Crystal Palace who are traveling to Manchester without a striker.

Verdict: Man United to Win to Nil

Best Odds: 8/13

Bookmaker: bet365

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