We are into the FINALS of the FA Cup, with Manchester United taking on Crystal Palace with both teams looking to secure a trophy in order to salvage a horrible season. Manchester United had top 4 hopes, while Palace had top 10 hopes coming and both teams didn’t deliver on this plans.
England FA Cup
Man Utd to beat Crystal Palace @ 1.80 (888Sport) – 3 points
Fellaini to get Booked @ 3.20 (888Sport) – 1 point
Manchester United come into the game against Crystal Palace with the job of Louis van Gaal on the line where he probably loses his job if he isn’t able to secure victory in this encounter. Van Gaal will look to start with the best possible lineup that he has, most of them started in mid-week against Bournemouth where they romped to a 3-1 victory against Bournemouth in that game. Martial, Rooney and Rashford all were in scintillating form heading into this encounter with all 3 finding the net in the last 2 games played by the team. Manchester United have been leaky at the back and that is something that they will need to correct heading into this game against a pacy Crystal Palace outfit. I expect also Maroune Fellaini to come into the lineup for this game, which gives them a bit of height advantage on set pieces as well as a bruiser in midfield to mark Yohan Cabaye from creating opportunities.
Palace come into this game in some horrible form behind them, throwing away games since they knew they were secure in the league with a lot of focus of resting players for this encounter. They just got smashed by Southampton by a score of 4-1, while also losing 1-0 to Newcastle and 2-0 to Manchester United over the last 1 month. The only victories coming by a narrow 1 goal margin against Watford and Stoke City. The problem for Palace has been the lack of a consistent goal scorer for their team as they rely on the likes of Bolasie, Puncheon and Zaha to bomb on forward with a lot of pace and have either Wickham or Gayle up front as the target man to hold up play. Palace have been poor defensively conceding goals in their last 6 straight games in all competitions, and we expect them to continue their trend of conceding today. Palace have lost 5 out of their last 6 games against Manchester United with the other being a draw, which won’t bode well for their confidence coming into this game.
Manchester United players and manager know how crucial this game is to win for their futures in the team, and I expect them to put in a top performance heading into this critical encounter against Crystal Palace. This game looks like it will be a cagey one, and the team with best defence should win this game. Manchester United conceded the least goals this season, and I expect that to help them to march on towards FA Cup glory.
England FA Cup
Man Utd v Crystal Palace – Over 18 corners @ 2.00 (888Sport) – 2 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
Man Utd v Crystal Palace – Over 16 corners @ 1.80 (888Sport) – 2.5 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
Molde v Brann – Over 15 corners @ 2.00 (888Sport) – 2 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
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