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Crystal Palace vs Manchester United: Red Devils to keep it clean

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Match Preview and Predictions

Manchester United travel to Crystal Palace on Monday night having strengthened their grip on second place with a comeback win against Chelsea last weekend.

However, the Red Devils head to Selhurst Park seeking to avoid a third successive away defeat in the Premier League following losses at Tottenham and Newcastle.

Injury-hit Palace have picked up just two points from their last five matches, results which have left them outside the relegation zone only on goal difference and 9/4 to go down.

Match-up history

Crystal Palace lost their seventh game in a row when they were crushed 4-0 at Old Trafford in September which was their fourth successive defeat by Manchester United.

The Red Devils are 8/15 to make it five consecutive victories over the Eagles, but Jose Mourinho's men winning and under 2.5 goals at 9/4 has greater appeal in the Crystal Palace vs Manchester United betting and is the first of our free football tips.

United have kept a Premier League-high 15 clean sheets this season, while Palace have not scored in their last two home games against top-six sides.

Palace's expected goals average of 1.52 for the season has dipped to 1.23 over the last six games and they are still without injured winger Wilfried Zaha, one of their most dangerous attackers as the form graphic shows.

Team news

Palace were without 12 senior players for the visit of Tottenham, but Martin Kelly and Jeffrey Schlupp are expected to return to the squad for Monday's game. However, former Brazil and Liverpool goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri joined the club on Friday asa free agent.

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back in training after a knee problem, but midfielders Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini remain out.

Match facts

Romelu Lukaku has found his scoring boots lately with seven goals in his last 10 games across all competitions.

The Belgium striker was on target in the 4-0 win against Palace and is the third most threatening United player with a 2.7 expected goals aggregate over the last 10 games. Lukaku to score any time at 5/4 looks plausible on current form.

The last of our football predictions is for United to win 2-0 at 6/1. Prior to this season's 4-0 win, the Red Devils had scored exactly two goals in their last four encounters with Palace and their average xG is running at 1.8 for the season.

Palace have conceded in six of their last seven Premier League games, including three goals at Everton - a team with the fourth worst attack at creating chances.

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United Betting Tips

Manchester United to win and under 2.5 goals @ 9/4

Romelu Lukaku to score any time @ 5/4

Manchester United to win 2-0 @ 6/1

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football