Crystal Palace vs Manchester United
English Premier League, 2015
Selhurst Park, London
Date: 31st October, 2015
Kickoff: 3pm BST
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Manchester United take on Crystal Palace when they travel to Selhurst Park this weekend.
After a disappointing performance against Manchester City last week, Louis Van Gaal will be hoping to kick start his side’s title-charge with a win against Crystal Palace.
Despite having a number of chances, Manchester United failed to convert and came away with just one point from the Manchester Derby. Furthermore, Van Gaal’s decision to use Martial as a wide player to accommodate Rooney centrally attracted a lot of criticism as well.
The Old Trafford outfit will be hoping to bounce back from their disappointing defeat against Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup. The players are determined to put in a strong performance and redeem themselves.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace will be aiming for an upset when they host the Premier League giants on Saturday. The last three meetings between the two sides have been closely contested and Pardew will be hoping to get a positive result this time.
The Eagles have won five of their ten league games and have lost the other five. Alan Pardew’s side have struggled to score goals this season and most of their wins were down to a well drilled backline.
Coming up against the best defence in the Premier League since November 2014, goalscoring will be the main concern for the home side.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: Team News
Crystal Palace are plagued with injuries and will be without several key players against Manchester United.
The likes of Yohan Cabaye, Jason Puncheon, Pape Souare were all absent during Palace’ midweek defeat in the cup to Manchester City through injury and are doubtful for Saturday’s clash as well.
New striker Connor Wickham remains a doubt alongside the unfit Marouane Chamakh as well. Both players are lacking in match fitness.
On a positive note, Pardew will hope to have James McArthur available after he missed the defeat away to City for the birth of his child. Former Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha is expected to start.
Meanwhile, there are no new injury problems for Manchester United. Winger Antonio Valencia is a doubt and will be assessed later.
Defenders Paddy McNair and Luke Shaw are sidelined with long term injuries.
Manager Louis Van Gaal is expected to make wholesale changes from the side that crashed out of the League cup in the midweek.
Juan Mata, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, David de Gea, Wayne Rooney, Antony Martial, Phil Jones and Ander Herrera are all expected to come back into the starting lineup against Palace.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: Starting Lineups
Crystal Palace Starting Lineup: Hennessey; Ward, Delaney, Dann, Souare; McArthur, Cabaye; Sako, Puncheon, Zaha; Bolasie
Manchester United Starting Lineup: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Jones, Rojo; Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger; Mata, Herrera, Martial; Rooney
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: Betting Tips
Manchester United have their last 4 meetings with Crystal Palace. (Manchester United to win: 2.10)
The last 6 meetings between the two sides have produced an average of 1.9 goals per game. (Under 2.5 goals: 1.70)
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Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: Key Stats
Palace have not beaten Manchester United in 12 Premier League clashes.
The last time these two sides met at Selhurst Park, Marouane Fellaini scored the winning goal.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester United