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Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: Preview, Line-up, and Prediction

Crystal Palace is set to host Manchester United at Selhurst Park in Premier League tonight. The Eagles have failed to capitalize on their bright start and struggling in the mid-table. They stand at the 13th spot with 33 points in 26 games. 

On the other hand, second-placed Manchester United have amassed 50 points but are 15 points behind Manchester City. The league leaders are running with the title away. Manchester United needs to win this game if they want to remain in this title challenge.

Analysis

Manchester United are just a point above Leicester City and five points ahead of fourth-placed West Ham. Their last game was against Chelsea which ended in a 0-0 stalemate. Due to their recent draws and Man City’s consistent winning run, the gap between the top two has increased massively. With only 12 games remaining, it will be very hard for the Red Devils to mount a serious title challenge.

A win to Crystal Palace can take them to as high as the 11th spot. They have won two games in their last five Premier League games. They are coming after a 0-0 draw against Fulham, a game which they should have won. Roy Hodgson is not under a pressure for his job but a top 10 finish will be something the club would be desiring.

When and Where?

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: Preview, Line-up, and Prediction

Crystal Palace will host Manchester United at Selhurst Park in the Premier League fixture on 4th March (01:45 AM IST).

Team News and Expected Line-up

Crystal Palace

The Eagles’ most important player, Wilfried Zaha, is set to miss the clash due to an injury. He has returned to the training but this game will be too soon for him. Jeffrey Schlupp and Connor Wickham have regained their fitness and are ready to feature. James McArthur, Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins, Nathan Ferguson, and Tyrick Mitchell are unavailable due to injuries.

Expected Line-up: Guaita; Ward, Kouyate, Cahill, van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Riedewald; Townsend, Eze, Ayew; Mateta

Manchester United

Edinson Cavani has returned to the training and can feature against Crystal Palace. Solskjaer hinted that he might not start the veteran striker but will be a useful option from the bench. Phil Jones and Paul Pogba remain out of the team as they are still nursing their injuries.

Expected Line-up: David De Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles; Nemanja Matic, Fred, Bruno Fernandes; Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial

Head to Head stats: Crystal Palace vs Manchester United

Crystal Palace won two of their last three games against Manchester United. They defeated Manchester United by 3-1 at Old Trafford this season during the second week of the new season. The Red Devils have not lost their previous 11 PL encounters at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace. 

Differentials

Eberechi Eze – Crystal Palace

With Wilfried Zaha missing, Roy Hodgson will be hoping that Eze could find the back of the net and help his team to do a double over Manchester United.

Marcus Rashford – Manchester United

The England international has been involved in 15 goals and assists this season in Premier League. He will be hoping to increase that number further against Crystal Palace’s depleted defence.

The 12TH Man Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester United

With the return of Edinson Cavani to fitness, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have an additional option to attack with. Crystal Palace will defend deep and hope that their attacking players can cause trouble to United’s backline. Still, the superior individual quality present in Manchester United’s squad cannot be ignored. We predict a 3 -1 win for the Red Devils.

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