Manchester United v Crystal Palace: Eagles can spoil Rooney leaving party

Will Man Utd's match with Crystal Palace be Rooney's last appearance for the club?
Will Man Utd's match with Crystal Palace be Rooney's last appearance for the club?
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Dan Fitch thinks Crystal Palace can claim three points against a second-string Manchester United side.

"Mourinho has fielded weakened teams in the last three Premier League games, from which his side have only won a single point."

Back Crystal Palace Draw No Bet at [2.2]

Manchester United v Crystal Palace
Sunday, 16:00

Manchester United

The end of the Premier League season can't come fast enough for Manchester United, who are very much concentrating their efforts on winning the Europa League.

Since winning the first-leg of their semi-final against Celta Vigo, Jose Mourinho has gambled on securing Champions League qualification through winning a European trophy, rather than trying to finish in the top four.

Mourinho has fielded weakened teams in the last three Premier League games, from which his side have only won a single point. That point came from the midweek draw with Southampton, which required a number of fine saves from Sergio Romero - including a penalty stop - to keep United in the game.

It looks like the rotation will be ramped up a further notch, ahead of Wednesday's final with Ajax. Rookie goalkeeper Joel Pereira looks set to make his debut on Sunday, while youngsters Zak Dearnley, Josh Harrop, Demi Mitchell and Matty Willock could also feature.

Crystal Palace

A 4-0 win at home to Hull last weekend saw Crystal Palace guarantee their safety and now they will look to finish the season on a high.

Against a depleted Manchester United side, there's no reason why Palace shouldn't aim for three points, which would see them finish in a comfortable mid-table position that bodes well for next season.

It took time for Sam Allardyce to turn around things at Selhurst Park, but his January signings made a real impact, just as they did last season at Sunderland. Mamadou Sakho was particularly outstanding and had the on-loan defender not succumbed to injury, it's hard to imagine that Palace wouldn't have been safe a lot earlier.

Yohan Cabaye is a doubt for the trip to Old Trafford and could join the likes of Sakho, Scott Dann, Pape Souare, Andros Townsend and Connor Wickham on the sidelines.

Ref Watch
Anthony Taylor will officiate. Taylor has only showed one red card in 2017.

Match Odds

Manchester United are the [2.52] favourites, with Crystal Palace at [3.1] and the draw out at [3.3].

Though United's weakened side has been reflected in their price, it still feels a little big when you consider how many points United have dropped at home, even with their best players in the team.

Palace are worth considering in the Draw No Bet market at [2.2], while the [1.63] to back them Double Chance is another option.

Over/Under 2.5 Goals

This market is developing but leaning towards unders, but even at odds-on the value surely lies with the low total, as only one of United's last 11 matches have featured three goals or more. They drew 0-0 in midweek and a repeat of that scoreline is available at [10.5] in the Correct Score market.

To Score

Marcus Rashford is the favourite in this market at [2.8], but looks unlikely to be risked by Mourinho. Instead look towards Wayne Rooney at [3.25]. Rooney has started the last four games and this could well be his last ever game at Old Trafford, with speculation suggesting that he will leave the club in the summer.

For Palace, Christian Benteke is the favourite at [3.0]. He scored against Hull on Sunday, as did the former Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, who is [4.75] to find the net against his old club.

Recommended Bets
Back Crystal Palace Draw No Bet at [2.2]
Back under 2.5 goals at [1.9]
Back Rooney to score at [3.25]

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Dan Fitch 2016/17 Season P/L

Staked: 492 pts
Returned: 495.67 pts
P/L: +3.67 pts

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