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Preview: Crystal Palace v Manchester United

14 December 2016


INTRO
Having claimed four points from their last two matches, Palace begin a busy few days by taking on Manchester United who are unbeaten in their last six league matches after beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho's side have found goals hard to come by this season but have proven hard to beat, something that Palace will be all-too aware of, having never tasted success against United in the Premier League in 14 attempts, including 11 losses.

In their first encounter since the FA Cup final last May, Palace will be hoping to turn that around and continue their good run, with Chelsea next to SE25 on Saturday.

Since the start of 2015/16, United haven't won any of their six Premier League away games in London (W0 D2 L4), including a current run of three successive defeats.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Jose Mourinho: “I don’t think Palace are battling relegation – I think they are too good for that. I think they will be fine and, at the end of the season, they will be in a comfortable situation without that problem of relegation.

“They have a good manager, good players, they are spending good money on good players, they have phenomenal fans; they have one of the stadiums where they are phenomenal with the support. 

"So it will be a difficult match for us because they are a good team.”


TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew has confirmed that James Tomkins will be out for a few weeks with a groin strain, and Bakary Sako will be missing for a similar amount of time too.

The middle of January should also see Loic Remy and Steve Mandanda return to full fitness, but Connor Wickham, Pape Souare and Joanthan Benteke are out long-term.

Jason Puncheon misses this game through suspension after picking up five booking, with James McArthur currently walking a tightrope on four.

Manchester United: Henrikh Mkhitaryan is expected to be out until Boxing Day with an ankle injury, and defenders Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling are also likely to miss out.

Full-back Antonio Valencia is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season.


HEAD TO HEAD
Palace winsDrawsMan Utd wins
League6824
FA Cup023
League Cup105
Total71032


STATS
Manchester United have played Crystal Palace 14 times in the Premier League and have never lost (W11 D3). Their only defeat in their last 21 games against Palace in all competitions came in the League Cup quarter-final in 2011/12.

The Eagles have failed to score in 11 of their 14 Premier League games against Manchester United.

There have been an average of five goals in Palace's last seven Premier League games.

Christian Benteke has scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances for Crystal Palace.

Former Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha has had a hand in seven goals in his last seven Premier League appearances (two goals, five assists).

Wayne Rooney has now scored 248 goals for Manchester United in all competitions - just one behind Bobby Charlton's all-time record of 249 goals.


OFFICIALS

Craig Pawson is the man in the middle for this game, having overseen Palace's opening day defeat to West Bromwich Albion and the 4-1 victory over Stoke City. He has refereed Palace 13 times in his career, of which they have won seven.

Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: S Long, A Holmes
Fourth official: S Attwell


LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

31st October 2015
Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United
Premier League

Manchester United's goal drought extended to more than five hours as they held on to draw at Crystal Palace.

Louis van Gaal's team had plenty of possession but created little as they weathered an early storm after Palace's Yannick Bolasie hit the bar.

Wayne Rooney's first-half free-kick was saved but Palace had the better chances with Yohan Cabaye going closest.

It is the first time since 2005 that United have registered three successive goalless draws in all competitions.


TICKETS
Tickets for this game are sold out.


TRAVEL
Due to industrial action by RMT & ASLEF members, there will be extensive delays or closures to most overground train services to the stadium.
 
Please check Travel For London’s website HERE for up to date travel information and alternate routes. 


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of the whole game at Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter, or you can get in-game stats and live coverage on our new official app - click here for more information.

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