In need of an immediate response if they’re to secure a top-four return this summer, Manchester United will make the trip to what is a downbeat Crystal Palace on Thursday night.
Watching Southampton pick up what was a dramatic last-gasp equalizer at Old Trafford on Monday night, the Red Devils still find their goal difference keeping them outside of the Champions League spots with just three matchups remaining.
On the flip side, while United might still have managed to extend on their unbeaten run earlier in the week, the Eagles find themselves in the midst of a growing rut.
Hit with a sluggish 2-0 defeat away at relegation scrappers Aston Villa over the weekend, Thursday’s hosts have now lost their last five Premier League contests on the bounce and could be in for another tough test in midweek.
You might be interested to know, with Palace picking up a shock 2-1 victory earlier in the season, the two sides have a habit of producing lively meetings. With four of the last five contests seeing over 2.5 goals by full-time, a similar outcome at Selhurst Park can be found priced at 8/11 with Coral.
Palace in freefall
Putting in what was another worrying performance at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon and hit with a 2-0 defeat against the bottom-three strugglers, Crystal Palace are enduring a woeful end to the campaign.
Despite marking their return from the enforced break with a 2-0 win away at Bournemouth, Roy Hodgson’s side have since lost their last five Premier League matchups on the bounce.
With an unenviable end to the season that still sees them face off against both Wolves and Spurs, the former England boss will have a growing headache over his side’s toothless displays in the final third.
Drawing a shock blank in the Midlands over the weekend, Palace have failed to record a single goal in four of their last five defeats and only an already relegated Norwich hold a worse attacking return this year.
With Christian Benteke picking up a late red card at Villa Park over the weekend and now ruled out for the remainder of the season, you might be interested to know that Thursday’s hosts can be found priced at 20/21 with Paddy Power to draw another blank in midweek.
United in need of a response
Watching Southampton grab a 96th-minute equalizer at Old Trafford on Monday night, Manchester United will know that they missed out on a real opportunity after Leicester’s public collapse at Bournemouth over the weekend.
Still sat outside the top-four and facing a must-win trip to Selhurst Park in midweek, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side should still be boosted by what has been a glittering unbeaten run.
With a growing reputation for their clinical displays in the final third and Bruno Fernandes making an immediate impact in Manchester, Solskjaer could be calling on a red-hot Anthony Martial to lead their charge on Thursday.
Once again finding the net against the Saints earlier in the week, the former Monaco starlet has continued to shine since returning from football’s enforced break.
With two Premier League strikes in his last three appearances, the French forward has landed five goals since making a return to action last month.
You might be interested to know that Martial can be found priced at 10/11 with William Hill to extend on his tally in the capital this week.
Elsewhere, United have confirmed that they will be without both full-backs Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams who both picked up knocks against Southampton earlier in the week.