Crystal Palace 3.953/1 v Man United 2.111/10; The Draw 3.55
Having ascended to a top-four place at the start of October, Crystal Palace are down to seventh and out of the Capital One Cup after three successive defeats in all competitions.
Given that their conquerors were in-form West Ham, Leicester and Manchester City, it shouldn't be a serious concern, but Alan Pardew's history of lengthy hot and cold streaks at Newcastle ensures that there is always a lingering doubt over whether a dry spell will develop into a drought.
Rebuilding momentum on Saturday is made trickier by a long list of potential absentees. Pardew has confirmed that Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh won't be available again, while regular starters Pape Souare, Yohan Cabaye, Jason Puncheon and Yannick Bolasie must prove their fitness.
Louis van Gaal will probably be glad to see the back of October. It started with arguably the worst performance of his reign in a 3-0 reverse at Arsenal. That was immediately followed by what many pundits felt was the best as they won 3-0 at Everton.
Frustratingly, they didn't build on it though, instead heading to London fresh from three straight draws against CSKA Moscow, Man City and Middlesbrough, the latter of which concluded with a penalty-shootout loss and Capital One Cup elimination.
On the bright side, the injury situation isn't too severe, with Luke Shaw the only long-term victim and Paddy McNair, Antonio Valencia and James Wilson doubtful. Form is a graver issue, as the likes of captain Wayne Rooney and Memphis Depay in particular have come in for plenty of criticism.
There are three compelling reasons to believe that Man United are great value for the three points at 2.111/10 despite their uninspiring recent results, the first one being that they almost always beat Crystal Palace in the league, winning 12 of the last 14 and all four since the Eagles' latest promotion.
The second is the strictness with which the Londoners obey the formbook. They have faced five of the six sides above them and lost the lot, while beating each of the five beneath them that they have met. They even carried that habit into the Capital One Cup, folding 5-1 at Man City on Wednesday.
Finally, Van Gaal's men have been impressive on their travels this season, especially when opposing the teams below them, delivering three victories from four in such circumstances, at the expense of Aston Villa, Southampton and Everton.
Man United Clean Sheet
Paul Scholes launched a stinging assessment of Man United's style of play this week, yet even the straight-shooting club legend saw fit to praise the defensive contribution of Van Gaal and his staff. He said: "I actually think the team is brilliantly coached to defend."
The stats back him up, with the Red Devils keeping three domestic clean sheets in a row since the setback at Arsenal. They have also shut out Palace in four of their past five league clashes.
Though the Eagles aren't lacking in attacking threat, they have scored just four times in their last six league games and three of those were penalties. Pardew's side's sole strike in their previous four top-flight defeats also arrived from the spot, so 2.89/5 on them failing to fire again appeals.
Back Man United to win @ 2.111/10
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