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Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Odds & Preview Premier League Round 36

Quinn Allen

by Quinn Allen in Soccer News

Jul 15, 2020 · 6:35 AM PDT

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Manchester United's Daniel James celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during an English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Newcastle at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday Feb. 21, 2021. (Stu Forster/Pool via AP)
  • Crystal Palace welcomes an in-form Manchester United side to Selhurst Park on Matchday 36
  • The Red Devils are currently in fifth place, just on the brink of a Champions League spot, while Crystal Palace sits in 14th after five straight defeats
  • Get the odds, preview, and best bet for Thursday’s match below

After a disappointing draw against Southampton on Monday where they conceded a late equalizer, Manchester United will look to grab a vital three points on Thursday, July 16th, when they face Crystal Palace, kick-off 3:15 pm EST. Just three fixtures remain in the Premier League campaign and the race for a top-four finish is becoming a really exciting one, with the Red Devils and Leicester City currently fighting for the fourth and final Champions League spot.

Crystal Palace has struggled lately, but they got the better of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men back in August, beating them 2-1 thanks to a Patrick Van Aanholt winner in the 93rd minute.

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Matchday 36 Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Crystal Palace +1.5 (-109) +875 Ov 2.5 (-122)
Manchester United -1.5 (-111) -357 Un 2.5 (+102)
Draw N/A +440 N/A

Odds taken July 14

This Premier League round 36 fixture is heavily favoring United, who have a -357 moneyline price heading into Thursday’s meeting.

Can United Surge Into Top Four?

There isn’t one team in England who is playing better football than Man United right now. Dating back to late January, Solsjkaer’s squad is unbeaten in their last 18 appearances across all competitions. They were certainly disappointed in their draw against Southampton earlier in the week, but a Brandon Williams head injury late in the second half proved to be costly, leaving them with 10 men for the dying minutes.

Their attack has been absolutely brilliant though, with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba forming a wonderful partnership in the middle of the pitch, while Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Mason Greenwood are all contributing their fair share of goals. Fernandes, who joined the club in January from Sporting Lisbon, has adjusted quickly to life in the Premier League, bagging seven goals and tallying seven assists in 11 matches.

Currently, they’re tied for fourth with Leicester City, but the Foxes have a slight advantage because of their goal differential. Both teams sit four points behind Chelsea, who beat a weak Norwich City side on Tuesday. However, after this fixture against Palace, United will face West Ham and then finish off the season with a vital clash against Leicester on Matchday 38, which will certainly have major implications for who grabs the final UCL spot.

Palace Looking to End Winless Streak

The Eagles have run into a rough spell of form, losing their last five matches. They dropped points to Aston Villa last weekend, then suffered a 3-2 defeat against Chelsea just days before. Although Roy Hodgson’s men are in the safe zone, they’ll definitely be seeking a positive end to the season. But, they face a tough task in Manchester United. When they last played their Matchday 36 counterparts, the Red Devils were a whole different animal. Now, they have figured out their best squad in all areas of the pitch as they continue to fire on all cylinders.

Palace has shown the ability to put up results against some decent sides this term though, tying Manchester City, Arsenal, and previously beating United. However, goals have been far and few between for the Eagles, netting just 30 goals in 35 matches while conceding 45. Wilfried Zaha has scored just four times this term, his lowest total since the 2015/16 campaign. After Thursday’s clash, Palace will face  Wolverhampton then Tottenham.

Hodgson’s squad will be without key defenders Gary Cahill, James Tomkins, Martin Kelly, and Jeffrey Schlupp, while Christian Benteke will miss the remainder of the season after being handed a straight red against Villa on Sunday.

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Stats

Crystal Palace
Manchester United
11-9-15(14th in PL) Standing 16-11-8(5th in PL)
30 Goals Scored 61
45 Goals Conceded 35
0-0-5 Record in Last Five Matches 4-1-0

Best Bet

Manchester United is hungry for a Champions League spot and considering their current form, it’s likely they will grab three points on Thursday. Palace is missing numerous important pieces to their backline and with a United attack that is full of excitement, they should create some real havoc in the final third. It will be a low scoring fixture though, with the visitors bagging one goal while keeping the hosts off the scoresheet, resulting in a 1-0 victory.

Pick: Manchester United -357, Man U to win 1-0 (+550)

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