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Manchester United vs Crystal Palace betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

This article provides a preview, prediction and betting tips for Manchester United vs Crystal Palace in the Premier League on December 5, 2021.
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds
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Manchester United vs Crystal Palace betting tips

This article covers Manchester United vs Crystal Palace betting tips and predictions. These are the betting odds:

o – Manchester United win 1.53/1 favourites

o – Draw 4/1

o – Crystal Palace win 7/1 underdogs

Note: All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

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Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: Match details

Match: Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

Competition: Premier League

Date: December 5, 2021

Kick-off time: 2:00 pm, December 5, 2021 (UK time)

Stadium: Old Trafford

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 23: A sign with the logo of Manchester United is seen outside the stadium prior to the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester United and Juventus at Old Trafford on October 23, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Betting prediction: Manchester United 3 – 1 Crystal Palace

Manchester United welcomes Crystal Palace to Old Trafford on Sunday for this Premier League match.

The Red Devils have the strong upper hand in the head-to-head, with 17 wins to Crystal Palace’s 2, from their 24 encounters in the Premier League. Although, the fact that the clash is at Old Trafford could be a help for Palace, as their only 2 Premier League wins in this head-to-head have come at this stadium in their last 2 visits.

United’s dominance in this head-to-head extends into all competitions, too, where they have 38 wins to 9 in all competitive matches since the clubs first faced each other in the old Division Two back in 1922. However, they have won just 1 of the last 4 matches, and none of the last 3 at Old Trafford.

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Manchester United vs Crystal Palace betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace scores a penalty for his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on September 19, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Martin Rickett – Pool/Getty Images)

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: Recommended bets

101 Great Goals’ prediction for this match is Manchester United 3 – 1 Crystal Palace and is available at odds of 13/1.

0-0 draw. When these sides last faced each other in London back in March, it was a 0-0 bore draw. Odds of 12/1 are available if you see this match finishing with the same result.

1-3 Crystal Palace win. Crystal Palace’s last visit to Old Trafford was back in September 2020, and ended in a 1-3 win for the visitors. You can back them at 51/1 for the same scoreline here on Sunday.

Over 2.5 goals. Manchester United vs Crystal Palace at Old Trafford has mostly been an entertaining game in recent seasons with 3 of the last 4 games producing over 2.5 goals. You can back another high scoring game here on Sunday with odds of 1.8/1 for over 2.5 goals.

Wilfried Zaha Goalscorer. Zaha (above) is Palace’s joint-top scorer this season with 4 goals. It was also his brace here last season that helped Palace to sink his former club United. The Ivory Coast international is 11/1 to score the game’s opener on Sunday. Or 4.33/1 to bag a goal at any time during the game against United.


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Manchester United vs Crystal Palace betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 03: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park on March 3, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: What are the betting odds?

The Red Devils are 1.53/1 favourites to end their 3-game run without a home win in this head-to-head and take all 3 points from Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Whereas, the Eagles are 7/1 to pick up a third consecutive away win at Old Trafford.

Odds of 4/1 are available if you see Manchester United and Crystal Palace cancelling each other out on Sunday.

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace – recent form and head to head statistics

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace form
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Latest match form, last 5 games:
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Brighton & Hove Albion vs Crystal Palace - 1:1
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Millwall FC vs Crystal Palace - 1:2
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Crystal Palace vs Norwich City - 3:0
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Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace - 3:0
Last 5 games for Manchester United
January 19, 2022 Premier League 21/22 Brentford FC 1  - 3 Manchester United
January 15, 2022 Premier League 21/22 Aston Villa 2  - 2 Manchester United
January 10, 2022 FA Cup 21/22 Manchester United 1  - 0 Aston Villa
January 3, 2022 Premier League 21/22 Manchester United 0  - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
December 30, 2021 Premier League 21/22 Manchester United 3  - 1 Burnley FC
Last 5 games for Crystal Palace
January 14, 2022 Premier League 21/22 Brighton & Hove Albion 1  - 1 Crystal Palace
January 8, 2022 FA Cup 21/22 Millwall FC 1  - 2 Crystal Palace
January 1, 2022 Premier League 21/22 Crystal Palace 2  - 3 West Ham United
December 28, 2021 Premier League 21/22 Crystal Palace 3  - 0 Norwich City
December 26, 2021 Premier League 21/22 Tottenham Hotspur 3  - 0 Crystal Palace
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Premier League 21/22 form
Manchester United Crystal Palace
21 Matches played 21
10 Matches won 5
262 Goal attempts 204
104 Shots on goal 73
99 Shots off goal 82
114 Corner kicks 93
54% Average ball possession 48%
59 Shots blocked 49
46 Cards given 38
230 Free kicks 302
43 Offsides 28
3 Shots on post 4
1 Shots on bar 2
32 Goals by foot 28
2 Goals by head 2
35 Goals scored 30
30 Goals conceded 31
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace statistics for most recent head to head matches
Manchester United Crystal Palace
26 Matches 26
14 Home Matches 12
12 Away Matches 14
43 Total Goals 15
1.65 Average Goals Scored 0.58
18 Wins 3
3 Losses 18
5 Draws 5
Last 5 games & match results between Manchester United and Crystal Palace
December 5, 2021 Premier League 21/22 Manchester United 1  - 0 Crystal Palace
March 3, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Crystal Palace 0  - 0 Manchester United
September 19, 2020 Premier League 20/21 Manchester United 1  - 3 Crystal Palace
July 16, 2020 Premier League 19/20 Crystal Palace 0  - 2 Manchester United
August 24, 2019 Premier League 19/20 Manchester United 1  - 2 Crystal Palace

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Anthony Martial of Manchester United is tackled by Martin Kelly of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on August 24, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: Match preview

The Ralf Rangnick era at Manchester United officially begins on Sunday after his work visa was finally approved.

Accompanying the news of his official arrival was word that Michael Carrick will now leave the club with immediate effect. The news came as something of a shock as Carrick was expected to resume his role as Assistant Manager once his temporary job as interim boss had been completed. However, Carrick revealed in a statement that he wished to take time away to spend with his family, and this felt like the right time to do so.

In truth, changing the entire approach and identity of a team will take time. A high-intensity pressing game takes 12 to 18 months to fully implement and see elite results. As the saying goes, things sometimes need to get worse before they get better.

The first step is often just getting the players to buy into the idea of needing to run a lot more. Initially, that running can be a little aimless and even counterproductive as players are yet to nail down the pressing triggers and know when marks a good and bad time to press.

So, while a new manager bounce is often expected when such appointments are made, it may be that it takes a few months before United see the fruits of their labour. In fact, given that Rangnick is expected to be a short-term appointment before moving into more of a consultancy role, it may be that the German will simply put the foundations in place for the next man up to start building something new.

An early indicator that the players will be willing to work harder came in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo’s pressing numbers from the match against Arsenal, provided by Opta. It is equally interesting to note that he didn’t have any successful defensive actions or pressures in the game.

As mentioned before, though, if the first step is simply getting the players to buy into the plan to run more, then the signs are already looking good for Ralf. Pressing effectively, knowing when to conserve energy, when your shape is wrong for pressing and how and where to create pressing traps for opponents will all come with time.

Speaking of time, things seem to be getting worse for Patrick Vieira as time passes. Crystal Palace are currently on a run of 3 games without a win, having lost each of their last 2. Of greatest concern will be the fact that those results came against potential opponents in a future relegation battle, should form continue to slide. All 3 teams were in the bottom-5 at the time that the matches were played.


Manchester United vs Crystal Palace betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on August 24, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Manchester United team news vs Crystal Palace

The big focus will be on Cristiano Ronaldo here. He was unable to complete the game in midweek, although his substitution seemed to be more owing to cramp than injury. Still, with such a short turnaround between matches, it is possible that he is used as an impact sub here, rather than from the start.

Paul Pogba is still out due to a quadriceps strain suffered with the France national team during the break. This is expected to rule him out until late January.

Tahith Chong is also on the long-term injury list following groin surgery. He isn’t expected to return to the pitch until at least March 2022.

Edinson Cavani has been suffering with an irritated tendon since pre-season. He is nearing a return to action and could even make the bench here pending a fitness test.

Raphael Varane remains ruled out with a hamstring injury after being forced off in the first half of the match against Atalanta. He is back in light training but it will still be several weeks before he is match-ready.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (above) missed the Arsenal match due to a hand injury after Callum Hudson-Odoi stood on his hand during the clash against Chelsea. It is possible he will feature here with some protection for his hand and wrist. Diogo Dalot will be ready to deputise in his place if required.

After two head injuries in close proximity for Luke Shaw, the club are being cautious in avoiding repeated head trauma and will give him plenty of time to fully rest and cover. Alex Telles likely will continue at left-back as he did the past 2 games.

Nemanja Matic missed the Arsenal match with a hamstring injury and will likely be out for this one also.

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring their second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on September 19, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Crystal Palace team news vs Manchester United

Nathan Ferguson is still ruled out with the Achilles tendon injury sustained at the tail-end of the previous campaign. He started training with the first team again last month, but no return date is being provided yet.

Joel Ward will also miss this match due to suspension having accumulated 5 yellow cards. Either Nathaniel Clyne or Martin Kelly will likely get their first Premier League minutes of the season here, deputising for the defender.

James McArthur has missed the last 3 games with a hamstring strain. Luka Milivojevic is likely to start in midfield in his absence here. Although, after getting his first league minutes for Palace in midweek, Will Hughes will be hoping to earn a first start.

Joachim Andersen has missed the last 2 league matches with a thigh injury. He faces a late fitness test to be involved here. James Tomkins will be ready to continue at centre back if required.

Predicted Manchester United line-up vs Crystal Palace

Manchester United's predicted XI to face Crystal Palace.

Manchester United’s predicted XI to face Crystal Palace.

Predicted Crystal Palace line-up vs Manchester United

Crystal Palace's predicted XI to face Manchester United.

Crystal Palace’s predicted XI to face Manchester United.


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The Premier League table as it stands:

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Manchester City 22 18 2 2 54 13 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 13 6 2 55 18 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 12 8 3 46 18 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 4 7 41 30 11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 11 3 5 26 22 4 36
6 Arsenal FC 20 11 2 7 33 25 8 35
7 Manchester United 21 10 5 6 35 30 5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 9 4 7 17 15 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 6 11 4 22 22 0 29
10 Leicester City 19 7 4 8 33 36 -3 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 5 9 7 30 31 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 5 9 7 25 33 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 7 2 11 27 32 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 22 6 5 11 25 36 -11 23
15 Leeds United 20 5 7 8 24 39 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 5 4 10 24 34 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 4 2 13 23 37 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 3 4 14 10 45 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 1 9 10 20 43 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 1 8 8 16 27 -11 11
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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace live streaming & betting tips FAQs

What time is kick off between Manchester United vs Crystal Palace?

2:00 pm on Sunday Dec 5, 2021 (UK Time)

What are the betting odds for Manchester United vs Crystal Palace?

Manchester United win 1.53/1 | Crystal Palace win 7/1 | Draw 4/1

What is the 101 Great Goals prediction for Manchester United vs Crystal Palace?

101 Great Goals predicts: Manchester United 3 – 1 Crystal Palace

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