Kick-off: 1500, 24/08/2019
Stadium: Old Trafford
Manchester United and Crystal Palace have had contrasting starts to the new Premier League season and it would be a surprise if their fortunes changed this weekend.
United have taken four points from two tricky fixtures against Chelsea and Wolves, while they would have had six if Paul Pogba had not had a late penalty saved at Molineux.
Palace have failed to score in their opening two matches or on their last six visits to Old Trafford so a home win to nil at 11/10 is our first Man Utd vs Crystal Palace prediction.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
The debate over who should have taken United’s penalty in the 1-1 draw at Wolves dominated the headlines but it was a decent performance at a venue where United lost last season.
They limited Wolves to just two shots on target, one of which was the equaliser which Ruben Neves curled in from outside the penalty area.
The key now is to be more ruthless at the other end, with the 4-0 win against Chelsea having flattered United.
Speaking after the Wolves game, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “They gave a couple of sloppy transitions away, counter-attacks, because we passed it – we were too eager to play the pass through.
“Sometimes one extra pass before we play the killer pass… but we’re improving all the time and we will improve a lot because the boys want to learn, want to improve, which is evident from the first game to now. We’ve only improved.”
This should be a comfortable win but maybe not emphatic and a 2-0 victory at 21/4 is added to our Manchester United vs Crystal Palace betting tips.
Last Man Utd line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Pogba, Lingard, James, McTominay, Martial, Rashford.
United will be without defender Diogo Dalot, with the Portuguese youngster out until after next month’s international break because of injury.
He joins Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah (both knee) on the sidelines.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace have begun with a goalless draw against 10-man Everton and defeat at Sheffield United, underlining their recent reputation as slow starters in the Premier League.
The Eagles won only one of their first 12 matches during the 2017/18 season and won just twice in 13 games at the start of the last campaign.
Boss Roy Hodgson said: “It looks like it could be that way again. We play Manchester United next and that will be a tough one and we have Tottenham next month after the break so it looks a bit that way.
“We haven’t scored yet but we’ve only conceded one goal but, of course, the sooner we can put a win on the board the better it will be.”
The hosts should edge a low-scoring game so United to win and under 3.5 goals in the match also looks a solid selection in the Manchester United vs Crystal Palace odds at 21/20.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Ward, Van Aanholt, Dann, Kelly, Milivojevic, Meyer, Townsend, McArthur, Zaha, Benteke.
Hodgson is contemplating giving summer signing Gary Cahill a debut in defence.
Centre-back James Tomkins continues his recovery from a groin problem sustained at the end of last season while Mamadou Sakho (knee) also remains unavailable.
Wolves 1-1 MAN UTD – Anthony Martial
Sheff Utd 1-0 CRYSTAL PALACE
Head-to-head: Palace 1-3 Man Utd, Man Utd 0-0 Palace, Palace 2-3 Man Utd, Man Utd 4-0 Palace, Man Utd 2-0 Palace, Palace 1-2 Man Utd
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