The red devils ended their 2015/16 season with a smile as they trashed AFC Bournemouth 3-1 in front of their home fans, they now hope to repeat the performance at Wembley Stadium on Saturday and clinch their first title after the reign of Alex Ferguson.
Their opponents Crystal Palace will be hoping to beat all odds and defeat Manchester United. Having ended the season on a negative note with a 4-1 defeat to Southampton and a 15th position with 42 points in the English Premier League standings, they will be desperate for a win here to guarantee a Europa league spot next season.
Manchester United failed to make the top spot after their losing to West Ham, but their win over Bournemouth on Tuesday night guaranteed their Europa League spot as they finished 5th position.
Manchester United and Tottenham conceded the least goals (35) in this season’s premier league. However they have a poor scoring form compared to other top teams, with a tally of 49 goals. In FA Cup, Manchester United have won 5 of their last 6 Matches and drawn 1.
Crystal Palace were lucky to have started the season in fine style, which kept them off relegation zone despite their poor ending. Crystal Palace lost almost half of their games this season, they lost 18 games, and their last 6 games was nothing to write home about as they lost 3 drew 2 and won 1.
In FA Cup, Crystal Palace have won all of their 5 matches this season and kept a clean sheet in three of them.
Crystal Palace: Line up (4-2-3-1)
Speroni – Souare, Delaney, Dann, Ward – Jedinak, McAthur – Puncheon, Bolasie, Zaha – Adebayor.
Manchester United: Line up (4-1-4-1)
De Gea – Valencia, Blind, Smalling, Bortwick-Jackson – Schneiderlin – Martial, Rooney, Mata, Lingard – Rashford.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: Head to Head
Manchester United have dominated their past games against Crystal Palace, giving them little or no chance. The Red Devils have won 21 of their 34 games against Crystal Palace in all competitions, and lost just 6.
- United are unbeaten in the last 18 games against Crystal Palace, with 14 wins.
- Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in 13 of their last 18 games against Crystal Palace.
- Seven of the last 8 games between the two sides have witnessed under 2.5 goals.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: Prediction
Looking at the head to head statistics, the game unanimously goes to Manchester United, making them huge favourites in the game. Also considering the team spirit in their last few league games, one would conclude the team is in for a kill.
Crystal Palace on the other hand will be desperate to restore some pride and witnessing their good work in the first half of the season fall to tatters since the beginning of 2016. There were similar stories in FA cup competition before, just like in the last season where Aston Villa managed to defeat the odds and made the finals, eventually losing out to Arsenal.
I predict a win for Manchester United in the FA Cup Final 2016, but Crystal Palace are expected to make things hard for their opponents.
This won’t be an easy one by any means, also I expect the first half to end in draw, with a higher probability of staying at 0-0. And the match is likely to see under 2.5 goals at the end of 90 minutes.
Tips: First Half Draw, Manchester United win at full time.