Man Utd v Crystal Palace Betting Predictions – Back a Draw at 11/4 with Bet365
Manchester United’s Premier League season has nothing riding on it anymore, and Jose Mourinho is doing little to hide his desire for it to end. By the time their game with Crystal Palace rolls around, their main focus will be the Europa League final with Ajax and the last opportunity to qualify for the Champions League.
Palace, too, have very little to play for having secured Premier League safety by relegating Hull City with a 4-0 win at Selhurst Park last weekend. But recent victories at Chelsea and Liverpool suggest they could do some real damage at Old Trafford.
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United have had the most draws (14) in the Premier League this season and have often struggled to break down teams in the bottom half of the division. The likes of Middlesbrough, Stoke, Bournemouth and Burnley have all come away from one of the most feared stadia in the world unbeaten, and Palace are probably more capable on their travels than most.
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United’s main issue this season has been a failure to put their chances away, but Betfair are backing Marcus Rashford scoring first at 9/2 and any time at 13/8. But with their biggest match of the season lingering, it is tough to know which side Mourinho will start with, so player markets could be a huge risk here.
Christian Benteke and Wilfred Zaha can be found at 19/10 and 3/1 respectively to score any time for the visitors.
In truth, Palace have limped to survival overall, losing three games in a row before hammering Hull, including a home defeat to Burnley and a 5-0 loss at Manchester City. At the Etihad Stadium, they had a defensive crisis, playing three at the back with fullbacks, and that meant one of the best attacking sides in the league could get at them.
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United, meanwhile, have lost to both Arsenal and Tottenham in recent weeks after going on a 20-match unbeaten run. It has already been said, but they have struggled to score goals, having netted just 52 in the league, more than 20 fewer of any of the top five teams. In typical Mourinho fashion, though, they have conceded the second fewest in the league, just 29.
The head to head record is stacked in the home side’s favour, though. The Red Devils have won all but one of the meetings between the two sides since Palace were promoted four years ago, with only draw coming in October 2015. In fact they have never lost in the Premier League era, with Palace’s last win coming in 1991.
Wilfred Zaha vs Daley Blind
Former United winger Zaha will have a point to prove after his short spell at Old Trafford came to an end in 2015. He has been in fine form this season and is being linked with moves to other top clubs like Arsenal and Tottenham this summer.
United have started to play three at the back in recent weeks, with Daley Blind playing left wing back. This will create space in behind and between him and the left centre back for Zaha to exploit and, as usual, he will be among the main threats for Palace, particularly when supplying Benteke with crosses.
Predicted line ups for Man Utd and Crystal Palaca:
Manchester United (3-4-2-1): De Gea, Smalling, Jones, Bailly; Blind, Herrera, Carrick, Tuanzebe; Lingard, Mata; Rashford
Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Hennessey; Schlupp, Tomkins, Kelly, Ward; Puncheon, Milivojevic; Towswend, Cabaye, Zaha; Benteke