- Ralf Rangnick takes charge of his first match at Manchester United
- The Red Devils are slowly finding their stride
- Crystal Palace have lost two back-to-back EPL games
Manchester United will play host to Crystal Palace on Sunday, December 4 at Old Trafford, in the 15th round of the 2021/22 English Premier League season. It will mark United’s first meeting with the Eagles since March 2021, when the teams parted ways with a 0-0 draw.
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: Soccer
- Teams: Crystal Palace at Manchester United
- Where: Manchester, Old Trafford
- Date: Sunday, December 5
- Betting Odds: Manchester United -185 | Draw +310 | Crystal Palace +550 (at Fanduel)
Manchester United Preview: Rangnick Takes Over
Manchester United enter this match with renewed optimism, as Ralf Rangnick takes over as the new head coach. The 63-year-old got appointed the job after the temporary replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Michael Carrick, announced he is leaving the club he joined as a player in 2006.
Under Carrick, Man United beat Villareal in the Champions League, forced a draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and shocked the unconvincing Arsenal on Thursday. Although they’re still far from an optimal form, the Red Devils have improved.
However, despite the team’s success, Carrick decided to part ways. On a more positive note, his decision sees Rangnick appointed as the new head coach, breeding cautious optimism in the Manchester United camp as the Red Devils continue their climb back into the top-five in the EPL.
Crystal Palace Preview: Looking To Avoid Third Consecutive Loss
Only Chelsea and Liverpool had lost fewer games than Crystal Palace this season just a week back. However, the Eagles have found themselves in somewhat of a slump, losing two back-to-back games against Aston Villa (1-2) and Leeds (0-1).
The two losses saw Crystal Palace tumble down the league standings, where they currently occupy the 11th spot with a 3-7-4 record and 16 points. While they’re still six points clear of the relegation zone, Crystal Palace are seven points short of top-five.
Despite their underwhelming results, Crystal Palace have proven they can be solid in the back. At the same time, the Eagles lacked efficiency with their attacking efforts, managing only one goal per game in their last two.
Improving their showings in the attack will be essential for Crystal Palace’ success this term. And while their recent performances were anything but convincing, we have to remember that Crystal Palace scored three against Burnley, two against the Wolves, and two against Manchester City, so they have the talent to produce goals.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This Soccer Game
Manchester United enter this match as -185 favorites, while Crystal Palace are priced as +550 underdogs. Had this match been played a month back, it would make more sense for the odds to be reversed, but given United’s improvement and the Eagles’ slump in recent weeks, it is reasonable to expect the hosts to win.
There is no reason to doubt Manchester United’s chances on Sunday. And given Crystal Palace’s struggles in the final third, there’s a good chance the hosts walk away with their first clean sheet at Old Trafford this season.
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Pick
- KnupSports.com Free Betting Pick: Manchester United clean sheet +128 (at Fanduel)
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