By Ian S. Palmer
Crystal Palace will be hosting Manchester United at Selhurst Park in London this Saturday, October 31 in an intriguing English Premier League clash. Palace enters the game after being thumped 5-1 by league-leading Manchester City in a fourth-round League Cup contest in Manchester on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Man United was also knocked out of the competition by losing a penalty shootout at Old Trafford to second-tier side Middlesbrough of the Championship League.
- Pinnacle currently lists Man United as the favorites at +107 with Crystal Palace +305 and a draw at +532
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United – Head to Head:
- Man United has beaten Palace all four times since Palace was promoted back into the Premier League and have won 10 and drawn two in their dozen Premier League meetings. Palace has just one goal in their past five encounters with United and has been shutout in nine of their 12 Premier League meetings. United won 2-1 in London last season and at home and haven’t lost at Selhurst Park in their past seven visits. Overall, the two sides have met 46 times in the past with United winning 30, losing seven and drawing the other nine.
Crystal Palace enters week 11 action in seventh place in the league with five wins and five draws for 15 points. They’ve scored 12 goals and allowed 11 against. United sits in fourth place with 20 points from six victories, two draws and a pair of defeats. They’ve scored 15 times and conceded eight and are just two points behind both Arsenal and Man City for the league lead. Palace has been struggling of late after getting off to a good start in the 2015/16 campaign.
Palace has two wins and three losses in their five home league contests this year with six goals for and seven against. They’ve now lost three straight games in all competitions after winning three in a row and have lost two consecutive at Selhurst Park. Those defeats came at the hands of West Ham and Man City who wrapped things up with late goals. Palace manager Alan Pardew will likely be without English forward Connor Wickham for this match, but on the bright side, Yohan Cabaye, Pape Souare, Jason Puncheon and James McArthur are all expected back from their injuries.
Man United has been shutout two times in a row at home now, so could be looking forward to their trip south to London. United could vault into first place with a win here if Arsenal and Man City should happen to lose this weekend. They’re been quite successful away from home as they’ve won three times and lost twice with eight goals for and seven against. However, they’ve won just one of their past five fixtures in all competitions and they’ve managed just four goals in those games. Oddly enough, all four goals came in road contests and they’ve won two of their past four away matches. It looks like manager Louis Van Gaal will have a healthy squad to choose from other than English international left-back Luke Shaw.
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