The Week 22 match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace will take place on February 4 at Old Trafford.
The Mancunians have played their last two league games away, where they managed to score just one point: a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace was followed by a 2-3 defeat at the hands of Arsenal. Before that, the team had won five straight in the EPL. “Manchester United stayed in the top-four with the same number of points as third-placed Newcastle – 39 each. At Old Trafford, Eric ten Hag’s side have seven wins and one draw in their previous eight league games.
The London side have been unable to win in the league for four games in a row. After two dry defeats to Tottenham (0-4) and Chelsea (0-1), the team drew twice with Manchester United (1-1) and Newcastle (0-0). “Crystal Palace are in 12th position, but have a seven-point lead over the relegation zone. In the previous 11 games Patrick Vieira’s charges have only 2 wins (4 draws and 5 defeats) when playing away in the EPL.
The Mancunians are on the move and not unreasonably claim a final place in the top 4. Despite the defeat in the last round against the leader, the team still has almost half a season to catch up with Arsenal. Only it is impossible to lose points in duels with the mid-tier teams. The opponents already met in the APL in the middle of January and then the Londoners managed to snatch a draw, tying the score at the end of the match (1-1).
In their last five head-to-head encounters in the league, Manchester United have had problems with the London club; the Mancunians have only one win (1-0), two draws and two wins by Crystal Palace. I assume that the home team, if they win, is unlikely with a difference of more than 1 goal. My prediction is Crystal Palace with a handicap (+1.5) at odds