Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: Predictions, Betting Tips, and Predicted XI for 2020/21 Premier League season at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils will be looking to build on a third-placed finish last term, but, Donny van de Beek aside, a slow transfer window coupled with a defeat to Palace would put huge pressure on the club so soon after last season’s success.
As for Palace, Hodgson has been busy in the market adding youth to an experienced squad, and the south Londoners will be confident given they won 2-1 on their last visit to the Theatre of Dreams.
Date, time, and venue
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace is scheduled for a 5:30 pm BST kick-off on Saturday, September 19.
This match will be played behind closed doors at Old Trafford with no fans due to being present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
Paul Pogba is the main doubt for United. The World Cup winner contracted coronavirus this summer and as such missed a number of United’s pre-season training sessions.
Solskjaer is hopeful the midfielder will be ready, but Pogba could well be a bench option – and that could mean a full debut for summer signing Van de Beek.
The only other absences for United are Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones, meaning Teden Mengi may be among the substitutes.
As for Palace, Hodgson remains without a number of centre-backs but has plenty of options going forward.
Both Eberechi Eze and Michy Batshuayi were handed starts in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup, where the Eagles were knocked out on penalties.
Eze is yet to start a League game for Palace, while Batshayi spent his first league game back at the club watching the win over Southampton from the bench.
The Belgian could well be thrown in to lead the line at Manchester United on Saturday, though Hodgson may feel it is too soon for Eze given how much work he will have to do on the ball.
Given the injuries, Hodgson’s back four picks itself while captain Luka Milivojevic could well return to start in midfield having come off the bench against the Saints.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
United typically dominates fixtures against Palace with 17 wins from 22 Premier League meetings, though Palace’s solitary victory over the Red Devils came at Old Trafford last August with goals from Jordan Ayew and Patrick van Aanholt.
Prediction: Man United 2-1 Crystal Palace
Given that Palace won here last season and also started the new campaign with a promising 1-0 win over Southampton, they will have no fears facing this United side.
The hosts will be under pressure to hit the ground running and though there may be a few cobwebs, you’d still expect United to get the win – but it could be tight.