Manchester United FC vs Crystal Palace FC: Preview, Predicted Lineups and Prediction

Venue: Old Trafford

Date: 20/04/2016

Kick Off: 20:00 (BST)

Crystal Palace managed to continue their mini revival after claiming a hard fought 1-1 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium over the weekend and the result means that the Eagles’ Premier League status for next season is all but secured.

Now manager Alan Pardew will surely be focusing all his attention to the FA Cup semi finals against Watford this weekend but the important tie does not mean that Palace will take the encounter against Manchester United in midweek lightly.

Palace earned a vital point against Arsenal

The Eagles still stand a chance of finishing in the top half of the table and the fans will be keen on their club finishing the campaign on a high after a very difficult 2016.

A game against United at Old Trafford is not easy for any side but the Red Devils do have their weaknesses and the clash on Wednesday night will be a good a chance as any to claim the elusive victory for Palace.

Crystal Palace FC Team News

Pardew has stated that he will not be fielding a weakened side for the encounter but given the injury problems that have plagued Palace ahead of the clash; the 54-year old will be forced into a number of changes on the night.

The likes of Scott Dann, Yannick Bolasie, Joel Ward and Joe Ledley have all been ruled out while the likes of Dwight Gayle, Brede Hangeland, James McArthur and Marouane Chamakh remain sidelined.

In defence, Wayne Hennessey, Pape Souare and Damien Delaney are likely to retain their place in the lineup but Adrian Mariappa and Martin Kelly should come in for Dann and Ward respectively.

Mariappa likely to replace Dann in the centre back position

The duo of Yohan Cabaye and Mile Jedinak looks the most likely combination at the middle of the park while Wilfried Zaha will be starting against his former side in the place of the injured Yannick Bolasie.

Connor Wickham is set to get the nod to start in attack once again but Emmanuel Adebayor will surely feature in some capacity throughout the course of the encounter.

Manchester United FC vs Crystal Palace FC Probable Lineups

Manchester United FC: De Gea; Darmian, Blind, Smalling, Fosu-Mensah; Schneiderlin, Carrick; Martial, Lingard, Mata; Rashford

Crystal Palace FC: Hennessey; Souare, Mariappa, Delaney, Kelly; Cabaye, Jedinak; Zaha, Puncheon, Sako; Wickham

Manchester United FC vs Crystal Palace FC Head to Head

31/10/2015 Crystal Palace 0 – 0 Manchester United

09/05/2015 Crystal Palace 1 – 2 Manchester United

Manchester United FC vs Crystal Palace FC Match Prediction

The last time Palace beat Manchester United was back in 1991 and the Eagles probably head into the encounter on Wednesday night as underdogs once again.

United are admittedly not the force they once used to be and Palace may feel that they have a chance of ending the hoodoo against the Red Devils on Wednesday.

However, the FA Cup semi final as well as the number of injuries will certainly serve to dent Palace’s chances on the night and United should be able to edge the game with a typical one goal margin.

Manchester United FC 1-0 Crystal Palace FC

Sarad Bade Shrestha

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