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Crystal Palace vs Manchester United – Match Preview

Monday night football in the Premier League sees Crystal Palace host Manchester United at Selhurst Park.

Erik ten Hag’s team need three points to keep alive their hopes of European football but face a tough test against an Eagles side who have found a good run of form under new head coach Oliver Glasner.

Here is everything you need to know about the clash.

Form

Crystal Palace: LWWWD

Four games without defeat have lifted Palace up the table with the Eagles having secured impressive wins against Liverpool, West Ham and Newcastle.

The return of Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise to full fitness has been vital to that success, as each look to break into international squads ahead of Euro 2024 this summer.

Adam Wharton has caught the eye since his mid-season arrival from Blackburn Rovers, while French forward Jean-Philippe Mateta has been a player reborn under Oliver Glasner. The 26-year-old has scored seven goals in his last eight Premier League appearances, as many as he managed in his first two season at Palace combined.

Palace will be looking to complete a league double over Manchester United for the first time, after a 1-0 win at Old Trafford earlier in the season.

 

Manchester United: LDDWD

Manchester United’s hopes of Champions League football are over following a poor end to the campaign, with a run of two wins in their last nine Premier League games extinguishing those ambitions.

Now, the challenge is to ensure the Red Devils do not miss out on European football altogether. Newcastle’s win at Burnley saw the Magpies climb above United into sixth and there’s no room for error with Chelsea also chasing a top-six place.

Defensive vulnerabilities have been a recurring theme of the campaign with only already-relegated Sheffield United having conceded more shots per game than Manchester United (17.6), while only five teams have a worse expected goals against figure than the Red Devils (67.57).

Bruno Fernandes is a doubt for the clash, in what would be a huge blow. The club captain has scored six goals in his last five league games and has created 27 chances in his last three.

Last Meeting

Manchester United 0-1 Crystal Palace, Premier League, 30/09/2023

Just days after sweeping Crystal Palace aside in a League Cup contest at Old Trafford, Manchester United suffered a setback to the same opposition in the Premier League.

In contrasting performances inside the same week, the Red Devils were unable to break down Palace with former United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in excellent form for the visitors. The Eagles secured a memorable 1-0 win courtesy of Joachim Andersen’s stunning strike, as the Danish defender fired in first-time into the top corner after a set-piece fell invitingly.

Predicted Lineups

Crystal Palace: Henderson; Clyne, Andersen, Richards; Munoz, Wharton, Hughes, Mitchell; Olise, Mateta, Eze.

Manchester United: Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Casemiro, Maguire, Dalot; McTominay, Mainoo; Antony, Fernandes, Garnacho; Hojlund

Who is the referee?

Robert Jones.

What channel is Crystal Palace vs Man United on?

UK and Ireland: Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League.

What time is kick off?

20:00 BST, Monday 6th May 2024.

Odds

Crystal Palace – 11/8

Draw – 11/4

Man United – 9/5

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