Thursday, May 23, 2024

Prediction: Crystal Palace vs Manchester United

Verdict: Crystal Palace double chance

Best Odds: 8/15

Bookmaker: Luckster

Looking to collect a heavyweight scalp in south London on Monday night, Crystal Palace will welcome Manchester United to Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace

Starting with the hosts, while Crystal Palace might have only welcomed Oliver Glasner to Selhurst Park back in February, the Eagles have continued to receive a string of plaudits. Skyrocketing themselves away from a looming relegation scrap, the former Eintracht Frankfurt boss should find the mood in his camp at a red-hot high. Mounting a late comeback away at Fulham last weekend as they snatched a 1-1 stalemate at Craven Cottage, Palace have collected 10 points from their previous four Premier League appearances. Making a famous statement on April 14th as they snatched a 1-0 victory against Liverpool, Glasner’s side will also be excited by their success on home soil. Landing an action-packed 5-2 romp against West Ham last month, the south London outfit have secured back-to-back victories at Selhurst Park for the first time this season.

Team News

Despite missing out against Fulham last weekend, England international Eberechi Eze is expected to make a full return on Monday night. Likewise, while former Chelsea defender Marc Guehi might not have featured since the start of February after undergoing knee surgery, the 23-year-old could return to Glasner’s squad here.

Notching eight Premier League strikes since Glasner arrived at Selhurst Park back in February, the red-hot Jean-Philippe Mateta will spearhead Palace’s charge in south London. Linked with a potential blockbuster move to Manchester United this summer, Michael Olise should play a leading role.

Manchester United

As for the visitors, while Manchester United might have eventually avoided an infamous FA Cup collapse against Coventry last month, it is no secret that Erik ten Hag has a monumental amount of pressure on his shoulders. With many expecting the former Ajax boss to be removed from the Old Trafford dugout this summer, the Reds have drastically struggled to find any kind of stability. Last seen missing out on a golden opportunity as they had to settle for a 1-1 stalemate at home against leading relegation scrappers Burnley, Monday’s guests have collected just a single victory from any of their previous six Premier League appearances. Likewise, slipping to a shock 1-0 loss when they welcomed Crystal Palace to Old Trafford for their reverse meeting on September 30th, United should face another tricky test when they travel to the capital.

Team News

Although Lisandro Martinez might be expected to play some part over the final few weeks of the season, the Argentina international is not likely to travel to south London on Monday night. Likewise, Victor Lindelof, Raphael Varane, Willy Kambwala, Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia are still dealing with respective injury issues.

However, returning to first-team training last week, former Monaco star Anthony Martial could make a first appearance across any competition since December. Notching 11 goals for club and country since opening up the New Year and leading the chase for United’s Golden Boot this season, Bruno Fernadnes will certainly have a leading role to play.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Crystal Palace and Manchester United met for their reverse Premier League meeting on September 30th, the Eagles picked up a famous 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.
    • Man United have collected just a single victory from any of their previous six consecutive Premier League appearances.
    • Crystal Palace have registered 10 points from just their previous four Premier League appearances.
    • The Eagles have collected back-to-back Premier League victories at Selhurst Park by an aggregate score of 7-2.
    • Manchester United have shipped 13 goals in just their previous five showdowns away from Old Trafford.

    Conclusion

    Watching Crystal Palace claim a stunning 1-0 victory when they travelled to Old Trafford back on September 30th, the Eagles should be smelling the chance to make another major statement here. Continuing to shine since Glasner’s arrival in south London, Monday’s hosts have collected 10 points from their previous four Premier League appearances. Likewise, clinching back-to-back victories at Selhurst Park by an aggregate score, Palace should be smelling a potential opportunity in the capital. With United remarkably claiming just a sole win from any of their last six top-flight showdowns, we are backing a home double chance here.

    Verdict: Crystal Palace double chance

    Best Odds: 8/15

    Bookmaker: Luckster

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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