Crystal Palace are looking for their first ever Premier League victory against Manchester United when the two sides go head to head at Selhurst Park.
Palace haven’t won in the last 14 fixtures in all competitions between these two sides – losing 12 of them – and haven’t won a league fixture against the Red Devils since 1991; they are also aiming to avoid a third consecutive defeat after slipping up against West Ham and Leicester in the past fortnight.
The Eagles are also struggling on their own patch – only Aston Villa, one of the two sides they’ve beaten on their own patch this term, have lost more than Palace at home in 2015.
Alan Pardew needs his strikers to find their scoring boots for this to change – none of their frontmen have found the net in the Premier League so far this season.
Pardew saw his side thumped at Manchester City in midweek as the hosts ran out 5-1 winners, and he will expect better against the side from across the city.
United suffered their own midweek disappointment as they exited the Capital One Cup on penalties at home to Championship side Middlesbrough.
Notably and perhaps typically, it was England internationals Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young who missed in the shoot-out for United – Rooney will make his 350th appearance for the club if he features in south London.
Louis van Gaal’s side sit in fourth but are just two points off top spot and could end the day as leaders if other results go their way.
Their defence has been the foundation on which their strong early season form has been built; their eight goals conceded is the joint-best in the Premier League.
Influential French midfielder Yohan Cabaye is a doubt for Palace, who are also sweating on the fitness of full-backs Papa Soare and Joel Ward.
Jason Puncheon has recovered from illness to add competition for places behind the strikers alongside Wilfried Zaha, who will be desperate to prove a point to his former employees after failing to make the grade at Old Trafford.
For United, youngster James Wilson and out-of-form Memphis Depay both came off with knocks against Middlesbrough and won’t feature at Selhurst Park, whilst Antonio Valencia and Paddy McNair are also out.
League Position: Crystal Palace – 7th (15 pts); Manchester United – 4th (20 pts)
Last Meeting: Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United – May 9th, 2015
Key Men: Crystal Palace – Wilfried Zaha; Manchester United – Juan Mata
Form: Crystal Palace – LLWWLL; Manchester United – WWWLWD
Shoot Says: Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United