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United to add to Palace struggles

United to add to Palace struggles

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Another thrilling round of Premier League fixtures is rounded off on Monday when Manchester United head to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace.

The Eagles looked to have dragged themselves away from the bottom three but a run of five games without a win has prompted a slide down the standings and Saturday’s results saw them drop to 18th.

United themselves have been less than impressive at times this campaign but have lost only two of their last 14 and last weekend’s 2-1 win over Chelsea saw them take a huge step towards a top-four finish.

In fairness to Roy Hodgson, many of his problems have revolved around a nightmare injury list which currently features Wilfried Zaha, Mamadou Sakho and Yohan Cabaye.

They also have a shocking record against United, not beating the Red Devils in the league since 1991. Hodgson has also traditionally struggled against the Old Trafford outfit, losing 11 of his 13 meetings as a manager.

Records are there to be broken, though, and he is exactly the type of manager who thrives on being the underdog.

After beating the Blues last time out, Jose Mourinho knows this is the type of game his side need to win if they are to finish in the Champions League spots.

He may choose to go with the same XI that won last weekend, although he could start Jesse Lingard following his match-winning cameo against the champions.

Marcus Rashford is another who looks set to sit out, despite Alexis Sanchez still trying to find his feet in a United shirt.

United were the 4-0 winners when these sides met back in September and with Romelu Lukaku netting the last goal in that game, he may again close the scoring.

The Belgian is 4/1 to score last and it should be a decent evening for the Red Devils in south London.

An away win is short at 10/19 but United have been winning both at half time and full time in five of the last seven games between these sides and a repeat of that is 6/5.

They still fail to convince in defence though and it could well be a case of an away win and both to score at 23/10.

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