The gloom at Manchester United is gone and they look like a team that can compete for honors once again. Next up, they host Crystal Palace in what will also be new manager Ralf Rangnick’s first game in charge. Manchester United have 21 points, in seventh place and Crystal Palace have 16 points in 11th place. Manchester United are coming from a win over Arsenal, their third straight unbeaten outing. They haven’t tasted defeat since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s exit and they will hope to extend the same at home to Palace. United have one clean sheet in five matches and the trend in their matches is that goals have been coming in the second half. In the last four matches, 13 goals have been scored and 10 of them have come in the second half.
Crystal Palace have lost their footing a bit in their recent matches; they go to this game off three winless outings and Patrick Vieira has a tough job here. The 1-0 loss to Leeds United came right after a loss to Aston Villa and a draw with Burnley, all matches that seemed winnable. Now they are faced with an uphill task away from home, against a team in high spirit. Palace have however failed to score in just one of the last five matches – the 1-0 loss to Leeds, which was courtesy of a stoppage time penalty. Three times in the last five matches, they’ve scored two or more goals and they’ve conceded at least twice in two of the five. There has been a second half goal in each of Palace’s last five matches. Half of the 14 goals in the five matches have actually come in the second half.
Manchester United will try to extend their good recent run here while Palace will hope they can address the poor run they’ve had in recent matches. Both sides have good scoring returns and we will be looking out for that here. In their matches, the second halves have borne a big chunk of goals. Go for the second half to have the most goals.