Manchester United belatedly get their Premier League campaign underway at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday having been granted an additional week of pre-season preparation following their Europa League involvements in August.
Palace won their opening fixture against Southampton last week but despite winning at Old Trafford last season, the stats look bleak for the Eagles. They’ve scored just two goals in their previous seven visits to Old Trafford (both in their 2-1 win last season) and they lost against six of last year’s top nine away from home, failing to score in all of those defeats, while they were the league’s second-lowest scorers with just 31 goals in 38 games. Expect a defensive gameplan from Roy Hodgson’s men for this one.
United, on the other hand, were unbeaten in their final 14 league games (won nine, drew five), keeping clean sheets in eight of those nine wins. They averaged 2.4 goals per game after the resumption of football post-lockdown, only Man City scored more.
Marcus Rashford scored in United’s 2-0 win over Palace in July, one of 17 he got in the Premier League, and with Palace unlikely to trouble the hosts defensively, at 14/5, he looks good odds to outscore the opposition - click here to claim this bet.