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Manchester United vs Crystal Palace 21 May 2016: FA Cup Final Preview and Predictions

Game
Final
Date & Time Saturday May 21, 2016, 12:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
Crystal Palace 5.00 Draw 3.50 Man Utd 1.75
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Soccer | Final

So after almost 10 months of football, we have reached the final game of the English season, the FA Cup final. This year we see a fighting Crystal Palace team face off against a fallen Manchester United team in a game that will change the complexion of the season for both these teams. For Manchester United, a win here will salvage a bit of what they lost in the league while for Crystal Palace new grounds will be made if they can pull of this miracle.

Manchester United finished their season with a win that meant very little since Old Trafford will not be seeing Champions League football next season. This historic club only managed fifth spot which will surely disappoint a lot of people. This game will give them a chance to salvage that and bring home a trophy. Although in recent years, the FA Cup has not meant as much as it used to the big clubs like the Red Devils, a win is still needed since this season otherwise has been shocking.

Crystal Palace on the other hand will be over the moon getting this far in the tournament and a win will get them a spot in the club’s history. The FA Cup is the top prize a club like Palace can realistically hope for and I think that will really inspire these players. I think Palace will look to play a tight game and if they can do that, they have a very good chance of winning since the likes of Bolasie and Zaha can really hurt United on the break.

 It’s tough to see United lose this game but I am still going to pick the upset here. Palace have a lot of heart in this competition and this means so much more to them. We are getting an amazing price on them to lift the trophy so I think we should take it. 

Pick:
Crystal Palace

Based in multiple cities around the world, Avijoy is a sports writer and handicapper with over 10 years experience. Avijoy has been at Sports Chat Place since 2015 and has been covering tennis and soccer. With a degree in statistics, Avijoy provides detailed mathematical edges which allow him to be successful in predicting winners on a consistent basis.   

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