Manchester United v Crystal Palace Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Saturday, August 24, 2019


Old Trafford

Punter's Pick

With Manchester United starting as firm favourites, there isn’t much value in an outright victory. However the corner count has been high amongst these teams in previous years with both games last season yielding over 10 corners. This market is well priced at 8/11 by Bet365 and has a high likelihood of coming in given the attacking prowess and pace of both teams on the flanks. Over 2.5 goals is also offered at 8/11 and has materialised in three out of the last four games between the two.

Manchester United welcome Crystal Palace to Old Trafford with much media attention focussed on the Red Devil’s after their draw at Wolves. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to get back to winning ways against a Crystal Palace side struggling for points but talented enough to cause an upset.

Manchester United come into this game off the back of a 1-1 draw against Wolves. After dominating the first half and leading through an Anthony Martial strike United were on course to make it two wins out of two. However a brilliant Ruben Neves goal levelled things up after the break before a bizarre interaction between Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba when the Frenchman won a penalty. Both had a brief discussion before it was decided that Pogba would take the penalty which he went on to miss and costing them two points in the process. With Rashford winning and scoring a penalty the previous week, many pundits have focussed on United’s lack of structure in deciding who the penalty takers are and leaving it to the players to decide in the moment. This was followed up by sickening racial posts on social media aimed at Pogba which has highlighted the issue that exists within football. The team will be keen to get back onto the pitch and rectify the previous result but it has been a difficult week at Old Trafford.

Crystal Palace have had a lethargic start to the season. An opening day draw against Everton was a positive result despite only having 35% possession but was followed up with a 1-0 loss away to newly promoted Sheffield United. The Eagles have failed to score a goal in each of their opening two games and this will be of great concern to manager Roy Hodgson. The form of Christian Benteke has been poor and after a summer transfer saga involving their star man Wilfried Zaha, it may be that the winger is also not in the right frame of mind. Hodgson is likely to setup to play on the counter-attack and Zaha’s attributes are the key, so he needs to be managed to ensure he is fully focussed on Crystal Palace.

In team news, Manchester United have been rocked by the news that defender Eric Bailly is most likely out until the new year which means Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof should partner up again at the back. It will be interesting to see who starts in midfield with Daniel James, Andreas Pereira and Juan Mata all vying for a starting berth. United are awaiting news to see if Marcos Rojo and Alexis Sanchez will secure moves away and the two are unlikely to feature.

Crystal Palace have two confirmed injuries in James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho who will be out for the game at Old Trafford. Roy Hodgson will also need to make a decision on whether he persists with Benteke up front or gives Conor Wickham a chance to lead the line. The rest of the team is expected to remain the same with no fresh reports of injuries.

United have dominated this fixture and start the game as heavy favourites. Crystal Palace have not beaten them in the Premier League era, with their last league victory coming in 1991 in the Old Division One. Palace did however hold the Red Devil’s to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford last season and Hodgson would gladly take a repeat. United however won 3-1 at Selhurst Park courtesy of a Romelu Lukaku brace and Ashley Young strike.

Punter's Pick

With Manchester United starting as firm favourites, there isn’t much value in an outright victory. However the corner count has been high amongst these teams in previous years with both games last season yielding over 10 corners. This market is well priced at 8/11 by Bet365 and has a high likelihood of coming in given the attacking prowess and pace of both teams on the flanks. Over 2.5 goals is also offered at 8/11 and has materialised in three out of the last four games between the two.

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