7:00 AM (AEDST) Tuesday, March 6 at Selhurst Park, London
Round 29 of the Premier League winds up on Tuesday morning when Crystal Palace plays hosts to the third placed outfit Manchester United.
Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Ward, Fosu-Mensah, Dann, Van Aanholt; McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon, Townsend; Benteke, Schlupp.
Manchester United: De Gea; Jones, Blind, Bailly, Valencia; Mkhitaryan, Pogba, Mata, Matic, Rashford; Lukaku.
41 games have been played between these two sides with Manchester United winning 27 games to Crystal Palace’s 6 victories, with a further 8 games drawn. They last met earlier this season which saw the Red Devils winning 4-0.
Crystal Palace has had a very poor start to the year, losing nine of their opening ten games thus far. They lost their opening game of the season to newly promoted Huddersfield 3-0. They then went down valiantly to Liverpool 1-0. In Round 3 they fell to Swansea 2-0 and then they lost 1-0 to Burnley. The Eagles then fell to Southampton 1-0, Manchester City 5-0 and Manchester United 4-0. They then produced a huge upset by winning their first game of the year 2-1 against defending champions Chelsea. They then lost to Newcastle 1-0 before playing out a 2 all draw with West Ham. Palace then lost to Spurs before finding some good form, picking up a draw with Everton, beating Stoke 2-1 and then three more draws against Brighton, West Brom, Bournemouth. They then won 2-1 against Watford which they followed up with a 3-0 win over Leicester and a 1 all draw with Swansea. They pushed Arsenal all the way before going down 3-2 and then held Man City to a scoreless draw before beating Southampton 2-1. Palace then beat Burnley 1-0 before a downturn in form saw them lose 4-1 to Arsenal before back to back 1 all draws with West Ham and Newcastle. They then lost 3-1 to Everton before going down 1-0 to Spurs last week.
Manchester United have opened their 2017/18 campaign with a stunning defensive effort which had seen them concede just 2 goals after their opening 6 games. They opened the season with a powerful 4-0 victory over West Ham. They repeated the scoreline the following week against Swansea and then in Round 3 they beat Leicester 2-0. They then hung on for a 2 all draw with Stoke before belting Everton 4-0 and then overcoming Southampton 1-0. They then belted Crystal Palace 4-0 before being kept to a scoreless draw by Liverpool. Last week, Man U were surprised by Huddersfield, going down 2-1 to the Terriers. The Red Devils bounced back with a 1-0 win over Spurs but lost to Chelsea 1-0. The Red Devils then beat Newcastle 4-1, Brighton 1-0, Watford 4-2 and Arsenal 3-1 before going down to cross city rivals Manchester City 2-1. They then beat Bournemouth and West Brom by a goal before being kept to a 2 all draw against Leicester and Burnley the following week. After a scoreless draw with Southampton, Man U beat Everton 2-0, Stoke 3-0 and then Burnley 1-0. After going down 2-0 to Spurs, Man U beat Huddersfield 2-0 and then lost 1-0 to lowly Newcastle. Man United beat defending champions Chelsea last week 2-1.
Forwards – Man United are immensely better all across the field, but Palace have that ability to shock the big sides.
Manchester United are expected to win this comfortably.
Crystal Palace $7.00
Manchester United $1.50