Preview - Crystal Palace vs Manchester United March 06 2018

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Match Day 29
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United
Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
04:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace:
Last five matches form: L D D L L
Average goals per match: 0.9
Average goals against per match: 1.5
Top Scorer: Luka Milivojevic (7)

Manchester United:
Last five matches form: W L W L W
Average goals per match: 1.9
Average goals against per match: 0.7
Top Scorer: Romelu Lukaku (13)

What a roller-coaster season this has been for Crystal Palace. Following one of the worst starts to a Premier League campaign in recent memory, the appointment of Roy Hodgson appeared set to guide the Eagles to safety, only for things to begin heading in the wrong direction again of late.

Palace remain outside the relegation zone following three defeats in their past five outings, but only on account of having a better goal difference than Swansea City. In truth Palace have done remarkably well to continue to average a point per game over their last ten matches, despite enduring a lengthy injury list. Showing no signs of abating, the number of walking wounded now stands at 14. It would be tough for any side to cope with being decimated to that an extent.

A visit from Manchester United who are looking to secure their top four status with a strong finish to the season, may act as inspiration for Palace, but they unfortunately don't look to have the resources to cope.

Given the troubles facing the home side, we fancy Manchester United to pick up three points on the road here. Beaten at Newcastle in their last away outing, they were a little unlucky that day having bossed both the shot count and possession. A win over Chelsea at Old Trafford last week was the perfect tonic and we expect Mourinho's men to take full advantage of their depleted hosts here.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 0-3 Manchester United


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 3
Shots:  10 - 17
Shots on target: 4 - 8
Corner Kicks:  3 - 7
Possession: 31% - 69%

Andros Townsend added a yellow card to his goal for Crystal Palace, with Scott McTominay, Ashley Young and Nemanja Matic being booked for the United.

What a game at Selhurst Park!

Leading on all the key performance metrics, Manchester United would have been unlucky to come away with nothing here, for all that this was a monumental effort from a depleted home side.

Following a frenetic opening to the game it was first blood to the home side in the 11th minute. Christian Benteke doing really well to feed the ball to Andros Townshend who then had fortune on his side with his effort being deflected past a helpless David de Gea.

United slowly but surely began to dominate possession as Palace protected what they had and looked to play on the counter. Few real chances for the visitors though as the Eagles made it into the break 1 - 0 to the good.

United carried on where they left off in the second half, but almost immediately found themselves two behind, Patrick van Aanholt rifling in at the near post when finding himself through on goal. 2 - 0 up, could Palace hang on?

Step one of the almighty comeback came in the 55th minute when Chris Smalling was picked out unmarked in the box by Antonio Valencia to head into the bottom corner.

Palace were holding firm and offering the odd threat on the break but as we approached the final 20 minutes, Manchester United really began to pour on the pressure.
In the 76th minute Palace finally broke, Romelu Lukaku remaining brilliantly compose to find the bottom right hand corner. 2 - 2.

Palace to their credit fought back with Benteke having a chance cleared off the line and Andros Townsend going close.

Then in the 91st minute the ball dropped to Nemanji Matic around 25 yards from goal and the Serbian unleashed an absolute thunderbolt into the left hand side of the goal. A goal fit to win any game.

A big three points for Manchester United as the Red Devils move back up into second and two points clear ahead of big rivals Liverpool ahead of their clash at the weekend.

Palace had risen to as high as 15th when leading this game but that late heart-breaker from Matic sees Roy Hodgson's men drop back into the bottom three, one point adrift of safety.

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