Manchester United will look to build some positive momentum when they welcome in Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Red Devils are coming off a 1-0 loss to Liverpool in which they looked very pedestrian. That followed a draw with Chelsea in what was one of the most drab Premier League matches over the last few years. United have some major issues and could look to start solving them with a comfortable win over Palace.
Ian Holloway's men beat Sunderland 3-1 in their last match. It was a surprising result, if only for how Palace were able to boss the match. Still this is a club that will likely be flirting with relegation this season.
Here's a quick preview for this EPL fixture.
When: Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7:45 a.m. ET; 12:45 p.m. BST
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
TV Info: NBC Sports Network (U.S.); BT Sport 1 (U.K.)
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S.)
Odds (courtesy of Bloomberg Sports)
Manchester United Win: 68.8 percent
Crystal Palace Win: 12.4 percent
Draw: 18.8 percent
*Note: Odds are as of Thursday, Sept. 12, at 8:30 p.m. ET
Top Storyline: How Will Marouane Fellaini Fit In?
Marouane Fellaini was Manchester United's lone marquee signing of the summer, and he was the first player brought into the club in David Moyes' tenure. Things got a little messy at the end, and finally United and Everton agreed to a £27.5 million deal. It was a bit of bad business for United, as they could have had him for £23.5 million earlier in the summer.
That's all in the past now, as Fellaini looks set to make to make his Manchester United debut. Moyes could opt to start him, or he could bring the Belgian midfielder off the bench. Either way, this is a great opportunity for Fellaini to enter what should be a slightly less pressurized situation.
The question will be how Moyes utilizes his newest signing. The 25-year-old could play a more defensive role, which is what United have needed for the past few seasons. Fellaini could also be used as more of a box-to-box midfielder who's got license to get forward more.
This one is going to be Manchester United all the way. Palace look like they're headed for a relegation scrap, and Holloway could very well win the sack race. Even if the Red Devils are below their best, they should win this one by multiple goals.
It will be United's most cohesive performance of the season. Their attack will look much better than it did against Liverpool. Most importantly, Palace won't have an answer for Robin van Persie. The Dutch striker is one the best players in the Premier League and will get much better service from the midfield.
Manchester United 3, Crystal Palace 1
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