As we approach the first week of November, the Barclays Premier League is starting to shape up with Manchester United pressing to be considered serious title contenders. This week they make the trip to London to face Crystal Palace for what will be an important game for both sides.
Manchester United are a pretty good side and lately they have been in decent form. Although their main man, Wayne Rooney, has been shockingly poor, the likes of Antony Martian and others having been picking up the slack. This side is far from perfect but the millions of United fans around the world will be relatively confident heading into this encounter that their side can bring home the 3 points.
Crystal Palace on the other hand have had a great start to the season. This team didn’t spend in the most money in the summer transfer window but spent their money wisely. The marquee signing of Yohan Cabaye has been very effective and he has been a strong link up player in the midfield and attacking parts of the Palace game. In addition to this, they have the speed of Wilfred Zaha and the finishing skills of Dwight Gale. It can also be said that defensively they have been good, especially at home. Palace are coming off a thumping loss midweek to Manchester City in the League Cup but in all honesty, many players were rested so the result may not be an indication of Palace’s form.
Both teams played midweek win United winning and Palace losing. United played more of their first team players than Crystal Palace and this may have an effect on the outcome of this game because the Crystal Palace players will be a lot fresher then the United players. Manchester United go into this match as overwhelming favorites but I don’t think they will win. I think Crystal Palace have enough quality, especially at home, to make a serious dent to Manchester United’s title push. I think that a draw is a likely outcome for this game and it is paying really good odds. Crystal Palace have been great at home and United may not have enough to beat them on the road.