LONDON: Crystal Palace host Manchester United at Selhurst Park early tomorrow morning Malaysian time with the goal of repeating the victory over the 20-time English Premier League (EPL) champions this season.
The Eagles won 3-1 at Old Trafford earlier this season, but 17 points separated the two teams with United aiming to strengthen hopes for the Champions League.
United were lucky when its manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and defender Luke Shaw were not prosecuted for criticizing referee Stuart Attwell during the 0-0 result against Chelsea.
This season United recorded a goalless draw five times, all against the six main EPL teams and they also failed to find a target in the last six matches against the teams.
With 12 points separating United and league leaders Manchester City, Solskjaer’s squad’s record against the big team can be summed up as the reason they are unable to compete for the championship this season.
United remain in second place, six points ahead of the fifth-placed team, and have yet to lose in the last nine games of all competitions while in the last 20 appearances of the EPL at home, United have only lost once.
United are expected to be able to bring home three points from Selhurst Park based on an excellent record away this season. The record against Palace at Selhurst Park is also in favor of United who have not lost in 11 EPL clashes there.
However, in the last three league games between the two teams, Palace won two of them including a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford last October.