Crystal Palace Team News Update

Manchester United’s next meeting will be a trip to south London to face Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening (kick-off 9:00 p.m. French time).

The match, which will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK, was postponed due to the Queen’s death last year.

United are in fine form after the derby victory which extended their winning streak since the resumption of domestic football after the World Cup and are boosted by the likely availability of new striker Wout Weghorst. The Dutch international is ready to make his debut now that his loan from Burnley has been finalised.

On the other hand, our second January signing, goalkeeper Jack Butland, will not be able to play, since he is on loan from the Eagles.

Diogo Dalot missed victory in the weekend derby through injury and Jadon Sancho was also unavailable, while Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford both struggled with fitness issues on Saturday even if the latter persevered and concretized the cross of Alejandro Ganacho to sign a memorable victory.

Fred and Casemiro are now just one card away from a suspension that would rule them out of Sunday’s clash against Arsenal, as it is our last outing before the slate of yellow cards is wiped clean.
Of course, there are several options open to Erik ten Hag if he decides to use his squad. Antony, Lisandro Martinez and Harry Maguire came on as did Garnacho to contribute to another excellent display of play on the wing in a great game.

Scott McTominay was another substitute used in the derby and he could provide an additional physical presence in midfield.

Donny van de Beek is a long-term absentee, following knee surgery, but it is hoped he can return to pre-season before the start of the 2023/24 season.

The Palace Team

Manager Patrick Vieira felt his side fell short in the narrow 1-0 defeat at Chelsea on Sunday, a result which means they have just one win in five outings since the Cup of the world.

Influential defender Joachim Andersen has been withdrawn at Stamford Bridge, reportedly with a calf problem, and could be a doubt for the clash at Selhurst Park. Nathan Ferguson and James McArthur seem to be out for good.

“At the moment it is true that we have lost a bit of confidence,” admitted Vieira, a formidable opponent in his Arsenal days. “We are not seizing our chances and have to keep working on this aspect.”

“When you don’t win games you lose confidence but, on the other hand, you tell the players to look at the performances and the one today was positive.”

There have been three changes for this all-London fixture, with Tyrick Mitchell, Jeffrey Schlupp and Ebere Eze in the XI. Teenager David Ozoh was among the replacements.

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