Crystal Palace host a Manchester United side chasing Champions League qualification when they meet for Premier League action at Selhurst Park on Thursday night. The Eagles are 14th in the table and have avoided relegation from the top flight of English football with three rounds to play. A top ten finish (eight points away) is not impossible but a bottom-half placing is much likelier. United are fifth in the table, which looked like an alright position to be in before Man City won the appeal against their European ban on Monday. United are level on points with fourth-placed Leicester and one point behind Chelsea in third.
A 96th-minute equaliser by Southampton forward Michael Obafemi denied United the chance to jump into third on Monday night. The Red Devils had been the division’s form team with four wins in a row, all by a margin of at least three goals. That 2-2 draw was a blow but they remain unbeaten in their last 11 league games. United are unbeaten in five matches and they have won their last three league visits to Selhurst Park. However, Palace can put teams under pressure at home.