The Reds take their twenty-match unbeaten road streak to south London, when they take on Crystal Palace tonight.
📝 Match context
Crystal Palace have typically been mired in the lower mid-table fight once again this season, with relegation looking like a highly unlikely prospect. In the past month or so, the Eagles have blown hot and cold, losing four of their last eight outings, although they are currently on a mini unbeaten run, having followed up their win over Brighton with a goalless draw with Fulham.
Manchester United, on the other hand, have been steadily tailing off recently as far as the title race is concerned. Perched atop the Premier table not too long ago, the Red Devils are not 12 points behind neighbors Manchester City, who could extend their lead further when they take on Wolves on Tuesday. While they are unbeaten in six league outings, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer & co. have won just two of those games.
The reverse fixture, which was Manchester United’s first of the ongoing campaign, ended in a shock 3-1 win for Crystal Palace at Old Trafford, with Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha being the goal scorers.
🗞 Team news
Palace could make one change to the side that drew 0-0 drew with Fulham, with Jean-Philippe Mateta in line to make his second league start for the Eagles. Jordan Ayew or Christian Benteke would be the ones to drop out as a result.
Starting XI: Guaita; Ward, Kouyate, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Riedewald; Townsend, Eze, Ayew; Mateta
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may bring Anthony Martial in for James from the side that started the Stamford Bridge stalemate, unless Cavani is fit to start.
Starting XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Telles; Matic, Fred; James, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani
🔑 Key OPTA stats
- Crystal Palace have won two of their last three games against Manchester United (L1), as many as in their previous 27 meetings with the Red Devils. The Eagles stand a chance of completing their first league double over United on Tuesday.
- Manchester United have never lost in 11 Premier League away games against Crystal Palace, the longest such run for one side in the competition.
- Manchester United have won nine of their last 11 midweek Premier League games (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday), winning all six away games in this run.
- Only four clubs in English top-flight history have had a longer unbeaten run on the road than Manchester United’s current 20-game streak (W13 D7). The Red Devils have not lost any of their last seven league games in London (W4 D3), last having a longer run without defeat in the capital between December 2011 and December 2013 (13 games).
- Manchester United have played out five goalless draws this season; the only campaigns they have had more are 2004/05 and 2016/17 (six each).
🧠 Best bet: Man United win & Both Teams To Score goals
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