Match : Crystal Palace vs Manchester United
Competition : England – Premier League
Time / Date :21:45h / 5 March 2018
Venue : Selhust Park
Crystal Palace looked down and out after just seven games of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, but the appointment of Roy Hodgson completely reversed their fortunes and dragged them off the bottom of the table. Unfortunately for them, this resurgence has hit a bit of a stumbling block recently.
They lost 1-0 at home to Spurs last weekend to make it five games without a win in the Premier League, with a very tough fixture list at least partly to blame. They have lost to Arsenal and Spurs in this period, and are now facing games against Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool in their next four matches.
Manchester United have made a massive step towards booking the top four spot come May when they turned things around and saw off the likes of Chelsea 2-1 last time out at Old Trafford. Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard created the comeback after Willian’s opener for the champions and Jose Mourinho’s men are now six points adrift of Chelsea who are just outside of the top four at this stage.
Mourinho’s side has thus successfully rebounded from a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on their previous travel in the league. A three-pointer here would further raise the spirits inside the dressing room ahead of an important reverse fixture in their Champions League tie against Sevilla. Romelu Lukaku seems to have found the wanted shape and he might well be the man to make a difference here as well and he is our top suggestion for the anytime goalscorer market.
Scott Dann (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Connor Wickham (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Jason Puncheon (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Ankle injury), Wilfried Zaha (Knee injury), Jeffrey Schlupp (Knee injury), Julián Speroni (Knee injury), Bakary Sako (Malleolar injury)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Training deficit), Ander Herrera (Thigh problems), Daley Blind (Malleolar injury), Marouane Fellaini (Knee injury)
Manchester United have dominated this match-up over the course of history as they’ve only suffered 6 losses in 38 meetings with Crystal Palace.
Even so, Jose Mourinho’s side are overwhelming favourites here. United haven’t lost a league game to Palace since May 1991, while Hodgson has lost 11 of his previous 13 matches against United as a manager.