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Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Match Previews & Predictions


Manchester United will aim to bounce back from their derby defeat by Manchester City and improve on their eighth-placed position.

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Visiting Crystal Palace are seeking a first victory in eight Premier League matches.

Did you know?

Man Utd have played 18 PL matches against Crystal Palace without ever losing, the highest number in the competition for a team who have never been defeated by an opponent.

The Reds can bounce back from the 3-1 loss to Manchester City in the derby last time out when facing a Palace side which is without a win in their last seven games, currently sitting one point above the relegation zone on goal difference.

United haven’t played at home since the 2-1 victory over Everton on 28 October, with our last three games being away to Bournemouth, Juventus and Manchester City respectively. Here’s everything you need to know…

Prediction: Home Win

Juan Mata, who has scored in two of his three PL home matches for United against Palace, has produced 49 goals and 49 assists in the competition.

Romelu Lukaku has scored in six of his last eight PL appearances against Palace, including both for Man Utd last season.

Jose Mourinho has only lost one of his 51 PL home matches kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday, but that defeat came against Palace when he was Chelsea manager in August 2015.

Key Match Details

Match: Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

Date: Saturday 24 November

Stadium: Old Trafford

Kick Off: 16:00 (WAT)

Referee: Lee Mason

Assistants: Harry Lennard, Marc Perry

Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor

Manchester United Team News

Luke Shaw is suspended after the defender received his fifth booking of the Premier League season against City last time out. Antonio Valencia, who scored for Ecuador during the international break, could be in contention to return after missing the last seven club matches, while Diogo Dalot was pictured in training on Tuesday after a recent injury absence.

Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba had to withdraw from the France squad through injury, while Romelu Lukaku also missed Belgium’s matches because of a hamstring problem.

Crystal Palace Team News

The visitors could be without former United forward Wilfried Zaha, who missed their 1-0 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur last time out with a thigh injury, which the Ivorian suffered in a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea three weeks ago. Manager Roy Hodgson will hope that the talismanic player can be fit in time for Saturday’s game.

James Tomkins is also a doubt, as the central defender went off with an injury to his knee against Spurs before the break. There is also a question mark over Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but Christian Benteke, Connor Wickham and Scott Dann are expected to be out.

Prediction: Home Win

It has been a tough start to the season for Crystal Palace, as Hodgson’s men haven’t recorded a victory in the Premier League since 15 September. Their recent form has seen them slip to 16th in the table, above Southampton and Cardiff City, who sit 17th and 18th respectively, on goal difference alone. Furthermore, the South London outfit have only netted eight goals in their first 12 league games. The Eagles will be hoping for Zaha’s return, as they haven’t won a Premier League game without their star man for over two years. Saturday’s match will be Palace’s third consecutive game against teams who finished in the top six last season, with two of the three being away from home.

Player To Watch At Crystal Palace: Luka Milivojevic

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Luka Milivojevic Crystal Palace second highest scorer this season

The Serbian midfielder was Palace’s top scorer last season with 10 goals in 36 games and is their second highest scorer this season, behind Wilfried Zaha, following his recent double against Arsenal.

The Referee

Lee Mason will take charge of his first United game of the season on Saturday. The Lancashire whistler has officiated five Premier League matches so far this term, including Palace’s 1-0 victory at Huddersfield in September – the last occasion they won in the league. He handled two United games in 2017/18 – the 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield and 1-0 win over Watford on the final day of the league season. Mason will be assisted by Harry Lennard and Marc Perry, while the fourth official will be Anthony Taylor – who took charge of the Manchester derby before the international break.

Prediction: Home Win


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