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Saturday, February 22, 2014
Palace v Manchester
Kick-off: 17.30 GMT.
TV: Live, Sky Sports 1, Highlights, BBC ONE Match of the Day.
Crystal Palace (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Speroni; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Parr;
Puncheon, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Ledley; Ince; Chamakh.
Test: Thomas (back).
Manchester United (Possible, 4-2-3-1): De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand,
Vidic, Evra; Carrick, Cleverley; Mata, Rooney, Januzaj; Van Persie.
Out: Nani (hamstring).
Tests: Rafael (concussion), Evans, Jones (both calf).
Referee: Michael Oliver. Matches: 18, R2 Y69.
Betting: Home 9-2, Away 11-20, Draw 14-6.
Jerome Thomas is Crystal Palace’s only injury concern ahead of the visit of
The winger has suffered a back strain and his fitness will be assessed by
manager Tony Pulis ahead of kick-off.
Striker Glenn Murray returned as a substitute against West Brom a fortnight
ago after 10 months out with cruciate ligament damage and should be involved
Meanwhile, Phil Jones and Marouane Fellaini could be set for a recall for
Midfielder Fellaini was on the bench for United’s draw at Arsenal after
spending two months out with wrist and groin injuries.
Jones may return from a calf problem but fellow defender Jonny Evans is a
There is a case for saying that Manchester United’s season is effectively
over, 11 points off the top four and with the magic 40-point relegation mark
passed with months to spare.
Who says David Moyes has achieved nothing?
But if they are tempted to let their gaze slip towards Olympiacos next week,
then Palace, who have benefited from two weeks’ rest, will make them pay.
Stat of the game: Wayne Rooney has gone five Premier League games in a
row without a row, his worst run since December 2011.
Jonathan Liew’s prediction: Crystal Palace 0 Manchester United 0.
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