Crystal Palace vs Manchester United
England – Premier League
Date: Thursday, 16 July 2020
Kick-off at 20:15 UK/ 21:15 CET
Venue: Selhurst Park.
The Red Devils missed out on a great opportunity to climb to the third spot the past game week. Their incredible winning streak was put to an end by a late equalizer by Southampton, and to pile things on, the ban on Citizens by UEFA was lifted as well.
Now, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will have to finish fourth or better in order to qualify for the CL. With just three fixtures remaining, it might seem like an tough task. But if history is any indication, nothing’s too much to ask for, from the Devils, and Solskjaer himself would attest to this claim.
It’s helpful for them that they are taking on the Eagles this Thursday. Not only are Roy Hodgson’s men going through a worrying run at the moment, but they have ruled them out of relegation as well as European qualification.
As such, they do not have anything to lose or gain, and will play a relaxed game. The gaffer might even field some of his young boys, in order to prepare for the next campaign.
Likely, the experienced Manchester United should easily post the three points on the board.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: Head-to-head (h2h)
- 19 of the previous 20 wins had gone to the Red Devils.
- They had scored two or more goals in five of the former seven fixtures.
- In the past 29 years, only once have they lost against this rival.
- The guests are on a winning streak since 2016 at this stadium.
- In the past three decades, except for thrice, the visitors have scored two or more goals in all meetings at this ground.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: Prediction
The Eagles lost 2-0 on the road the last match-day, against Aston Villa. The fact that they lost against a newly-promoted squad (currently a relegation-battler), says a lot about their form.
In the meantime, Solskjaer’s men were held to a 2-2 draw the past game week, by Southampton, at the Old Tarfford. In the dying minutes of the match-up, the visitors slotted in the equalizer, denying the home team a chance to make it to the podium spots.
This upcoming encounter is a must-win fixture for Solskjaer’s men, while their counterparts could not care less about the result. Hodgson’s men are also on a five-game losing run, and they failed to score in four of these fixtures. Keep note that they had also conceded a total of 12 goals in the process.
On the other hand, their opposite number are on an 18-match unbeaten run, and of these 13 were wins. Importantly, they had also recorded 19 of the preceding 20 h2h wins, and they have lost against this opponent just once since 1991.
By all means, count on the hurt Manchester United to deliver a huge and much-needed win this Thursday.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: Betting Tips
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Manchester United @ 1.44 (4/9)
Manchester United to Score in Both Halves @ 2.00 (1/1).