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Crystal Palace vs Manchester United. Premier League.

Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace 0

    Manchester United 2

    • M Rashford (46th minute)
    • A Martial (78th minute)

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    Thursday 16 July 2020 21:14, UK

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    Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Crystal Palace vs Manchester United in the Premier League on Thursday (kick-off 8.15pm).

    Team news

    Christian Benteke will miss Crystal Palace's home match with Manchester United in the Premier League due to his dismissal at Aston Villa.

    The Belgian received a red card after the final whistle of Sunday's 2-0 defeat for an off-the-ball incident with Ezri Konsa and will start his three-match suspension on Thursday.

    Eagles boss Roy Hodgson will also be without centre-backs Gary Cahill (hamstring) and James Tomkins (thigh), but Jeffrey Schlupp has returned to training after a hip injury and will be on the bench for the Red Devils' visit.

    Christian Benteke is sent off after the final whistle
    Image: Christian Benteke is sent off after the final whistle

    United trio Mason Greenwood, Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams need assessing before the trip to Selhurst Park.

    Forward Greenwood has a swollen ankle after a hefty challenge from Oriol Romeu during Monday's 2-2 draw with Southampton, while left-back Shaw suffered a twisted ankle against his former club and his replacement Williams was forced off after a nasty clash of heads with Kyle Walker-Peters.

    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named an unchanged starting line-up for five successive Premier League matches and said "there might be one or two fresh legs coming in". Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones remain out.

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    Charlie Nicholas' prediction

    It is normally tough to go to Selhurst Park, and it will be again here, despite the fact Crystal Palace have lost five on the bounce. Palace are a team that could easily lose their next three games and end the season having lost eight in a row. Palace do go through the motions, but Manchester United are coming to town and they will fancy it.

    Roy Hodgson needs a centre forward. They scored two against Chelsea, one of which was a spectacular goal from Wilfried Zaha, but they do not look like they have a lot in them. Is he going to get the money to go out and buy someone? You could sell Christian Benteke for decent money as someone in Europe would want him.

    Maybe there will be some significance to this match. Hodgson will be angry and wanting a response from his side. They could have been challenging for Europe but now they are in 14th and everyone is saying the same thing again. There is a lot for them to prove.

    United started brilliantly after the break, but they were all games they were expected to win as they pushed on for a Champions League place. They do need to get back to winning ways, and while Palace will cause them problems, with the emphasis on this being a must-win for United, I think they will get there.

    CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-2 (8/1 with Sky Bet)

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    • Crystal Palace's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in August ended a run of 22 top-flight games without a win against Manchester United - they're looking to complete their first ever league double over the Red Devils.
    • United are unbeaten in their last 11 away league games against Crystal Palace (W8 D3), since a 0-3 loss in May 1991 courtesy of goals from Ian Wright and John Salako (2).
    • Palace have lost each of their last five Premier League games. They last lost six in a row in September 2017 (8), while manager Roy Hodgson hasn't lost six in a row in the competition since his last three with Blackburn in November 1998 and his first three with Fulham in January 2008.
    • United are unbeaten in five Premier League away games (W3 D2), winning each of the last two by a 3-0 scoreline. Indeed, just two of the Red Devils' previous 52 away league games had been won by a margin of 3+ goals.
    • United have won all three of their midweek games (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) since the restart, all of them by a 3-0 scoreline (vs Sheffield United, Brighton and Aston Villa). Meanwhile, United have won just one of their last five Premier League games in London (D1 L3), winning 2-0 at Chelsea in February.
    • Since the restart, only bottom two clubs Norwich (1.6 per cent) and Aston Villa (5.2 per cent) have a lower shot conversion rate than Crystal Palace in the Premier League (7.1 per cent), with the Eagles netting just four of their 56 shots.
    • Bruno Fernandes has been involved in six goals in his last four Premier League away games (five goals, one assist). He could become the first United player to score in five consecutive away games in the competition since Zlatan Ibrahimovic (January 2017), and the fourth to do so overall for the Red Devils, after Ruud van Nistelrooy (twice) and Robin van Persie.
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