Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews Manchester United vs Crystal Palace and provides us with his best bets for Saturday's premier league clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

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Manchester United v Crystal Palace Betting Preview, Odds And Tips

  • Date: 24/08/19
  • Time: 15:00pm
  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Channel: N/A

Manchester United were close to recording a second consecutive win on Monday as they went to Molineux but a Ruben Neves screamer meant they had to settle for a share of the spoils.

The Red Devils were calamitous at the back last season but the signings of Harry Maguire and former Palace man Aaron Wan-Bissaka are sure to tighten things up, it's already proving so. It will still take a few months for me to be fully convinced but they should be looking at keeping another clean sheet against a shot-shy Crystal Palace outfit.

I do fear for Roy Hodgson and his side this season, it's hard to see where the goals will come from. They're still massively reliant on wantaway winger Wilfred Zaha to provide the magic but when he is dealt with they have a real dearth of strong attacking options. Sheffield United got men around the Ivory Coast international last week and it did the job as the Eagles once again came home scoreless.

They've got injuries at the back too and the ageing duo of Gary Cahill and Scott Dann are likely to come in for James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho, both of whom are injured. One thing this united team have is pace and they could be targeted aby the likes of Dan James, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

Team News

United are without Eric Bailly, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Alexis Sanchez.

Palace are without centre half duo Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins.

Potential Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw, McTominay, Pogba, Mata, Periera, Martial, Rashford.

Potential Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Ward, Cahill, Dann, Van Aanholt, Milovojevic, McArthur, Schlupp, Townsend, Zaha, Benteke.

Key Stats & Facts

  • There have been under 2.5 goals in 6 of the last 7 games between these two at Old Trafford.
  • There has been under 2.5 goals in 5 of United's last 6 games in the premier league.
  • United have kept a clean sheet in their last 6 at home to Palace.
  • United are unbeaten against Palace in the last 17 matches between the pair.

Betting Odds

  • Manchester United – 4/11
  • Draw – 17/4
  • Crystal Palace – 19/2

The Verdict

Although I'm Anti-Palace this season, there's little value in backing United at 4/11. Instead I'll chance the 17/5 that United win after a first half draw. Palace have gone into the break all square in both their games and I think a similar defensive approach will be the call here from Roy Hodgson. Ultimately though, United have enough about them to get the win and it's a big price increase from the skinny outright quotes.

My main bet here though is 40+ booking points which is a surprisingly large 11/8 with SkyBet. This bet has landed in all four of these two's respective fixtures and with Zaha Palace have one of the most fouled players in the Premier League. United have pace with Martial, James and Rashford and can cause problems for the Eagles' midfield and defence. I expected this to be slight odds on so the 11/8 warrants a two point play for my money.

Recommended Bets

  • 1 point – Draw HT/Manchester United FT – 17/5 (MarathonBet)
  • 2 points – 40+ booking points – 11/8 (SkyBet)