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Crystal Palace v Manchester United

Premier League: Wed, 27/02  Stadium: Selhurst

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The reverse fixture saw Palace come away with an excellent 0-0 draw from Old Trafford. United do however have the head to head record in most of their previous meetings. We feel that it could be a game dominated by United in possession with Palace looking to hit on the counter-attack. Therefore the corners market at 4/7 for over 9 corners with Bet365 looks attractive. A draw no bet market on Crystal Palace also looks good at 13/10 with the same bookmaker.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace will play host to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United, in a game where the Premier League’s oldest in Hodgson comes up against one of its youngest. Palace will be in confident mood having gone six games undefeated in all competitions, with United still looking strong having remained unbeaten under Solskjaer in the Premier League.

 

Palace have picked up 8 points out of a possible 12 in their last four games and were impressive in their 4-1 away victory at Leicester. Goals from Batshuayi, Milivojevic and a brace from star man Wilfried Zaha was enough to earn all three points. That result gave Crystal Palace some breathing space having pulled six points clear of the relegation zone and they will go in to this fixture knowing that they can shock the big boys, having already beaten United’s city rivals Manchester City on their own patch.

 

Manchester United showed their fighting qualities in holding arch rivals Liverpool to a 0-0 draw, despite losing three players to injury in the first half. Those extraordinary scenes would have had many United fans in a panic, but in his ongoing quest to showcase his managerial qualities, Solskjaer remained cool and set United up to frustrate the league leaders. United comfortably held out with David De Gea remaining untested during the game and the all the players putting in assured performances. That stretched his unbeaten run in domestic competitions to 13 and demonstrated to the owners that United can be adaptable against strong competition.

 

All eyes will be on United’s team news, as the knocks picked up by Mata, Herrera and Lingard seemed to be serious enough to keep them out of this game. The fact that Marcus Rashford also looked injured for most of the game will be a key assessment Solskjaer needs to make as the squad strength is seriously tested with this fixture coming so soon. But United have able replacements in the form of Alexis Sanchez and the possible return of Anthony Martial.

 

Crystal Palace will be without Papa Souare and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but Roy Hodgson seems to have most of his remaining squad to pick from. After Batshuayi’s goal in the last game, he could continue to lead the line in place of Christian Benteke, with Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha providing the pace and trickery on the flanks.

 

Given the number of unknowns especially regarding the fitness of United’s players, this game is a difficult one to call. Solskjaer showed that he can organise his troops to remain defensively strong but the team offered little going the other way. Will United’s fluency be disrupted with so many injuries? Palace certainly will be more dynamic in closing down United and pushing them back.

 

 

The reverse fixture saw Palace come away with an excellent 0-0 draw from Old Trafford. United do however have the head to head record in most of their previous meetings. We feel that it could be a game dominated by United in possession with Palace looking to hit on the counter-attack. Therefore the corners market at 4/7 for over 9 corners with Bet365 looks attractive. A draw no bet market on Crystal Palace also looks good at 13/10 with the same bookmaker.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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