Premier League Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs Manchester United

CompetitionPremier League – Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United 

VenueSelhurst Park – Saturday, May 9 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match OddsCrystal Palace 16/5 – Draw 5/2 – Manchester United 17/20

Match Preview

Crystal Palace host Manchester United on Saturday evening as the Premier League season is drawing to a close. Palace have the chance of making United’s chase for Champions League football come under pressure if they can take something from this tie.

Alan Pardew‘s side have hit a sticky patch after losing three on the bounce. They had been on a four game winning streak but have been bought back down to earth and look likely to finish mid-table.

Last weekends loss didn’t come as too much of a surprise as they couldn’t halt Chelsea’s bid to become champions but their performance was spirited and they made it very difficult for their London rivals.

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Back at Selhurst Park it is a totally different type of game. Palace have made it difficult for sides to come away with all three points all season and have beaten some of the top sides in the league.

United won the reverse fixture and haven’t lost to Palace since 2011. Louis Van Gaal‘s side need to ensure they avoid defeat here with Liverpool chasing them down for the all important fourth place.

United come into the game off the back of last weekend’s loss at home to West Bromwich Albion. It was a difficult one for the Old Trafford faithful to swallow but things are looking up for next season despite the fact they have lost their last three on the bounce.

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Van Gaal has already started the summer rejig of his squad with the signing of Memphis Depay and he must make sure they finish in the top four to ensure he can attract the biggest names for next season.

This should be an interesting tie packed with action and it could play a pivotal role into how the Premier League table ends up.

Team News

Crystal Palace have three injury concerns. Former Manchester United player Frazier Campbell, Marouane Chamakh and Jerome Thomas are sidelined. Pardew will be relying on his speedsters, Dwight Gayle and Yannick Bolasie, to provide and entertain as usual.

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Manchester United’s injury woes continue as six could be set to miss out. Van Gaal is facing the prospect of playing this one five of his defenders absent. Marcos Rojo, Rafael, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans and Michael Carrick are all unavailable.

Key Points

Crystal Palace’s last five: W/W/L/L/L

Manchester United’s last five: W/W/L/L/L

Key Stat: Defensive woes – Louis Van Gaal only has one fully fit defender ahead of this tie in the shape of Phil Jones and his side could be easily exposed given Palace’s attacking talent.

Key Player: Yannick Bolasie – The Congolese winger will be looking to continue to impress and finish his great season on a high.
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Score Prediction

Crystal Palace 2-2 Manchester United – A real end-to-end affair with Palace to upset United and pile the pressure on the Red Devils in their final two games.

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FA Cup Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool – FA Cup Fifth Round

Venue: Selhurst Park – Saturday, February 14th – 17:30

Match Odds: Crystal Palace 5/2 – Draw 12/5 – Liverpool 21/20

Crystal Palace host seven-time FA Cup winners Liverpool in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening.

Crystal Palace are still looking to win their first ever FA Cup after coming closest when they were runners-up in 1990 when current Palace manager Alan Pardew was in the team for the final and the replay.

While Liverpool are aiming to win their eighth and their first FA Cup since 2006 where they beat Alan Pardew’s former side West Ham in Cardiff.

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Crystal Palace are a side that have been rejuvenated since Pardew’s appointment and their strong run saw them win 3-2 at Southampton in the fourth round and 4-0 at Dover in the third round.

They look to be heading for safety in the Premier League and a cup run would be a huge bonus for the South London side. Palace are coming off a midweek draw with Newcastle United as they came from behind again to earn another valuable point.

Crystal Palace’s home record in all competitions: Played 13 – Won 3 – Drawn 3 – Lost 7

Liverpool are heading to Selhurst Park for the second time this season. Their trip down south in the Premier League saw them lose 3-1. But now the Reds are thriving on confidence having lost one game in all competitions since the 3-0 loss at Old Trafford in December.

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Liverpool were forced into a replay by Championship side Bolton Wanderers in the last round and demonstrated their own comeback mentality by scoring two goals in the last few minutes, while they saw off AFC Wimbledon 2-1 in the third round.

Liverpool’s away record in all competitions: Played 18 – Won 8 – Drawn 2 – Lost 8

The bad news for Liverpool is that captain Steven Gerrard is a doubt for the game after picking up a hamstring injury against Tottenham in the 3-2 win at Anfield on Tuesday.

The FA Cup final will take place on the same day as Steven Gerrard’s 35th birthday and if the Reds reach that stage it would probably be the Englishman’s final game in a Liverpool shirt. But they need to see of Palace before they can even think about that.

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Liverpool do not have fond memories of Selhurst Park in recent times as the game late in the season last year resulted in a 3-3 draw in which Palace fought back from 3-0 down with 11 minutes to go. And there could be plenty of goals again on Saturday.

Crystal Palace’s last five in all competitions: W/W/L/W/D

Liverpool’s last five in all competitions: L/W/W/D/W

Key Stat: Liverpool have not won at Selhurst Park since December 1997, when they won 3-0.

Key Player: Dwight Gayle – The forward has scored 4 goals in 3 appearances against Liverpool and comes into the game in good form.

Score Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-0 Liverpool – Selhurst Park will be roaring. The players will be energised from the support and Liverpool will struggle to break the mean Palace defence. Upset on the cards.