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Manchester United vs Crystal Palace prediction, odds and betting tips


Feb 4, 2023
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace prediction, odds and betting tips


Manchester United will be looking for a 13th home win in a row on Saturday, as Crystal Palace seek to cause an upset at Old Trafford.

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace odds

Here are the latest match odds for Manchester United vs Crystal Palace from Spreadex.

  • Manchester United: 2/5
  • Draw: 15/4
  • Crystal Palace: 8/1

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Manchester United vs Crystal Palace predictions

The feelgood factor is back at Old Trafford. 

Manchester United might have lost their last Premier League encounter 3-2 to Arsenal, but they pushed the title favourites all the way.

Since that loss they have advanced to the fifth round of the FA Cup and booked their spot in this month’s EFL Cup final.

United have won 12 of their last 14 matches in all competitions. Their sole defeat in that time was at the Emirates Stadium. 

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Their only other slip-up came in a rearranged fixture against Crystal Palace last month. United took the lead through Bruno Fernandes in the 43rd minute and were in cruise control midway through the second half.

Yet a failure to score a second goal came back to bite them, as Michael Olise equalised with a stunning free-kick late on.

Palace would no doubt settle for another draw this weekend, but a game against United at Old Trafford is a much tougher proposition than one at Selhurst Park.

Erik ten Hag’s team are almost certainly out of the title race, but they will be looking to cement their position in the top four over the next few weeks.

Saturday’s game kick-starts a winnable run of fixtures before a trip to Liverpool in a month’s time.

Our expert betting tips for Manchester United vs Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Our expert betting tips for Manchester United vs Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace betting tips

Manchester United are in fine form and Crystal Palace will find it tough to avoid defeat at Old Trafford this weekend.

Manchester United to win to nil – 11/10 (Spreadex)

Manchester United successfully shut out Nottingham Forest in midweek. 

A 2-0 victory on the night meant they progressed to the EFL Cup final with a 5-0 aggregate win, while they have not conceded a goal in their last 389 minutes of football in that competition.

United have not been quite as solid in the Premier League, but they have made huge strides defensively since the opening weeks of the campaign.

Since those disastrous back-to-back defeats by Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford in their first two matches, only Newcastle United and Arsenal have conceded fewer goals.

United have kept a total of eight clean sheets – again, Newcastle and Arsenal are the only sides to have recorded more.

Ten Hag deserves the bulk of the credit. He has made United a great deal more organised than they ever were under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or Ralf Rangnick last season.

Individual players have also made a huge difference – not least Casemiro as a holding midfielder and Lisandro Martinez at centre-back.

Palace have not scored a goal from open play in their last 630 minutes of Premier League football. Their biggest goal threat, Wilfried Zaha, is out until March with a hamstring injury.

This could be a tough afternoon for Patrick Vieira’s charges.

Manchester United to score in both halves – 5/4 (Spreadex)

Manchester United will no doubt have learned the lessons from their 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace a few weeks back.

Ten Hag’s team did not concede many opportunities from open play and they drew the game only because of a world-class strike from Olise.

But their decision to try and hold on to a one-goal advantage was the wrong one, allowing Palace to come on strong in the final quarter of an hour.

United will be keen to put Saturday’s game to bed much earlier, especially as they have a hectic schedule on the horizon.

Various Premier League, Europa League, EFL Cup and FA Cup assignments mean the Red Devils will play nine games within a 29-day period.

Ten Hag will have to manage his squad in that time, and having a healthy lead in the second half of matches like this one would help him to keep key players fresh.

United have scored in both halves in four of their last seven Premier League matches.

Palace have been in mediocre form of late, but they have nevertheless conceded just twice in their last seven top-flight first halves.

But with United full of confidence and playing in front of their home fans at Old Trafford, the visitors may struggle to survive until the interval.

Bruno Fernandes to score any time – 19/10 (Spreadex)

Marcus Rashford has been Manchester United’s chief goal threat in recent weeks. The England international is in the form of his life, having found the back of the net 10 times in his last 12 appearances.

Of the teams Rashford has faced post-World Cup, only Crystal Palace and Reading have prevented him getting on the scoresheet.

The forward was indeed quiet at Selhurst Park, but Palace will have their hands full in keeping him under wraps this weekend.

From a betting perspective, though, the best value is found in tipping Bruno Fernandes to make the net bulge.

The Portugal international has been excellent for some time now, and he was the scorer of United’s goal against Palace last month.

If Wout Weghorst starts up front and successfully holds the ball up with his back to goal, there should be plenty of chances for Fernandes to pick up possession in shooting areas.

If he gets on the ball between the lines too often, Palace will be in trouble.

How to watch Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

  • Location: Old Trafford, Manchester, England.
  • Date and time: Saturday 4 February 2023, 3pm.
  • How to watch: Not being shown in the UK.

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