Crystal Palace will try to stop the Manchester United juggernaut in its tracks when the sides meet at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Wednesday evening.
Palace have been stuttering in recent weeks, with the weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea extending a run of just one win in five games in all competitions since the international break and things don’t get any easier with one of the division’s form teams heading to south London.
On the plus side for the Eagles, they have been something of a bogey team for the Red Devils in recent times. Their 1-0 win in thsi exact fixture on the final day of last season was their first home league triumph over Man Utd since 1991 but they have now won three of the last six Premier League contests between the teams.
However, this is a United side brimming with confidence, as they seek a tenth win in a row in all competitions, something they haven’t accomplished since 2009 and the heady days of the Sir Alex Ferguson era – with Marcus Rashford spearheading an incredible turnaround in recent weeks.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the clash:
When is Crystal Palace vs Manchester United?
The match will kick off at 8pm BST on Wednesday 18 January.
Is Crystal Palace vs Manchester United on TV and is there a live stream?
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports HDR with coverage starting at 7.30pm BST. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.
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What’s the team news?
Anthony Martial was forced off at half-time of Man Utd’s victory over Manchester City, while Marcus Rashford suffered a knock to his hip although that has since been played down by the player and Erik ten Hag. If Martial is ruled out, Rashford could move more centrally with Alejandro Garnacho or Antony getting the start out wide, or new signing Wout Weghorst could make his debut up top.
Lisandro Martinez is still regaining match fitness after the World Cup and Luke Shaw’s surprisingly impressive displays at centre-back are keeping him out of the side, with Tyrrell Malacia impressing at left-back. Ten Hag faces a decision over when, or even if, to restore the Argentine international into his starting XI.
For Crystal Palace, ever-present centre-back Joachim Andersen came off with a calf problem in the first half of the Chelsea defeat and if he’s unable to start, then James Tomkins would come into the side. James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson are long-term absentees, while Odsonne Edouard and Jean-Philippe Mateta are competing to start through the middle up front.
Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Clyne, Tomkins, Guehi, Mitchell; Schlupp, Doucoure, Eze; Olise, Mateta, Zaha
Man Utd XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Shaw, Malacia; Fred, Casemiro; Antony, Eriksen, Fernandes; Rashford
Crystal Palace: 18/5
Manchester United: 4/5
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).
Man Utd are one of the Premier League’s most in-form teams at the moment and while Crystal Palace may be able to frustrate them for a while, the Red Devils should be too strong. Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester Utd.