Prediction and odds for the game: Crystal Palace (7/1) vs Manchester United (2/5)
We are backing the away win
When: Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, Kick-off 20:15
Where: Selhurst Park
On Wednesday night, Crystal Palace host Manchester United at Selhurst Park, as both team look for potentially vital points in the Premier League.
The Eagles have looked relatively secure from the threat of relegation for a while. However, Roy Hodgson’s team cannot afford complacency, as although they are ten points clear of the relegation zone, there is still plenty of football left to be played. The fact 18th place Fulham have shown some signs of life in recent weeks has made most of the bottom half of the table slightly nervous.
Crystal Palace have been inconsistent of late in the English top-flight, winning just once in their previous four top-flight outings in the Premier League. However, the fact that they have taken four points from their last two league games suggests that their form could be turning around.
The Eagles home form has also been inconsistent of late, as they have won just once in their previous four league matches at Selhurst Park. A lack of goals has been the major problem of late on home soil, as they have scored just once in three home games in the English top-flight.
It seems that the Red Devils challenge for the Premier League title is all but over, with arch-rivals Manchester City seemingly now running away with the title. The Citizens are now 12 points clear of second-place United. Just like Palace, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s may also be looking over their shoulders with slight concerns.
The men from Manchester are now just six points clear of Chelsea in fifth-place, so the main priority for the visitors will be to ensure Champions League football for next season. United’s form has dropped slightly of late. They may be unbeaten in six league games, but four of those matches have ended in draws. Those draws virtually ended their title challenge for this season. A goalless draw at Chelsea last time out was understandable considering that Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel is unbeaten in the Premier League since his arrival.
United are unbeaten in 20 away matches in the Premier League. However, they have drawn too many league matches on their travels of late, drawing five of their last seven league games on the road.
In truth, neither team are in great form heading into this clash. Palace will attempt to keep the game tight and restrict the Red Devils attacking play. With that in mind, we are backing this game to produce a low scoring away win.
Verdict: We are backing the away win at odds of 2/5 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 11/10. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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