Kick-off: 1600, 22/05/2022
Stadium: Selhurst Park
Manchester United will be looking to wrap up sixth place in the Premier League and a Europa League spot by beating Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
If the Red Devils needed any more incentive to finish their frustrating season on a high, new boss Erik ten Hag will be watching on from the stands.
We reckon the visitors can rise to the occasion for a change and 2.25 for an away win is our first Crystal Palace vs Man Utd prediction.
Crystal Palace Odds
Patrick Vieira has had a promising debut season as Palace manager, with the Eagles rarely talked of as relegation candidates.
They could feasibly even move up three places and make the top 10 with a win here and other results going their way.
However, Thursday’s 3-2 defeat at Everton was a tiring affair for this stage of the season and recovering will be tough.
Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew gave the Eagles a 2-0 half-time lead but they faded under pressure from a fired-up Toffees outfit desperate to secure their safety.
Vieira, who was involved in an altercation during a pitch invasion, said: “All that changed was that we didn’t respect the game as well as we did in the first half.
“We were inviting too much pressure and we didn’t move the ball quick enough and allowed them to build that momentum and confidence.”
Conor Gallagher, Luka Milivojevic and Christian Benteke could return to the starting line-up with relatively fresh legs.
However, the fatigue factor may be felt elsewhere, so Crystal Palace vs Man Utd odds.
Last Palace line-up: Butland, Mitchell, Guehi, Andersen, Clyne, Eze, Hughes, Schlupp, Ayew, Zaha, Mateta.
Manchester United Odds
United have had too many disappointing displays this term to recall them all but arguably sank to an all-time low when thrashed 4-0 at Brighton.
The Red Devils were simply outworked and outplayed by the Seagulls in suffering a fifth straight away defeat.
That has left them in danger of dropping down to the Europa Conference League if West Ham secure a closing win over Albion at Amex Stadium.
However, United have had over two weeks to get that south-coast shocker out of their system and prepare for this contest.
It will be the final match for a number of departing players, including defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic.
“I know that we have had a couple of difficult seasons but I just want the fans to know that we’re doing our best and United will come back, for sure,” he declared.
“It’s going to take some time but United will be back. Keep supporting the team. Stay together.”
Interim boss Ralf Rangnick will want to hand over to Ten Hag on a high note and those players staying can at least salvage some pride here.
United have a good record at Selhurst Park, winning on four consecutive visits prior to last season’s goalless stalemate.
Let’s add 9.0 for a 2-1 away victory to our Crystal Palace vs Man Utd betting tips.
Last Man Utd line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Varane, Dalot, Telles, Mata, Fernandes, Matic, McTominay, Ronaldo, Elanga.
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