Premier League: Manchester United v Crystal Palace match preview
look ahead to the lunchtime kick-off at Old Trafford
Friday 13 September 2013
Manchester United have failed to score in two consecutive league matches for the first time in five years and will be looking to bounce back from their poor start against a Crystal Palace side buoyed by their maiden victory against Sunderland last time out.
Deadline day signing Marouane Fellaini could be in-line for his debut after a big money transfer from Everton. Wayne Rooney is not expected to feature after his head injury ruled him out of England’s World Cup qualifiers.
It could be debuts galore for Palace after a busy summer of transfer activity concluded with five signings on the final day of the window. One of those signings however, Jack Hunt, has been ruled out for around four months after breaking his ankle in training.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 12.45pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Manchester United 1 (Macheda) Crystal Palace 2 (Ambrose, Murray), Carling Cup, November 2011
Crystal Palace 0 Manchester United 0, Premier League, March 2005
Manchester United 5 (Scholes 2, Smith, Boyce OG, O’Shea) Crystal Palace 2 (Granville, Kolkka), Premier League, December 2004
United have scored an average of 2.1 goals per game against Palace in their last 10 encounters
Palace have won just 25 points out of a possible 72 from their last 24 league matches away from home
United are unbeaten at Old Trafford in the league against newly-promoted sides since their 2-3 defeat against Middlesbrough in December 1998
Manchester United to win: 1.2
Crystal Palace to win: 15
TV: Live BT Sport 12.45pm, Highlights on BBC1 Saturday at 10.30pm
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