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20/02/2014 12:53, Report by Tim Oscroft
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Preview: Palace v United

Betting: The Reds are favourites at 1.60 to claim three points at Selhurst Park with bwin, our official online betting partner. The draw is priced at 3.60, while the Eagles are a slightly more distant 6.00. You can get a tempting 29.00 on Juan Mata opening his account for United by scoring first in a 2-0 win.

Sub-plot: The Reds have played in London four times this season, but after beating Fulham in November the last three visits have resulted in two draws and a defeat. However, Selhurst Park is a fairly happy hunting ground for United, leaving unbeaten in all but eight of 30 trips to the south London stadium, including when Wimbledon shared the ground in the 1990s.

The manager: Tony Pulis left Stoke City following the end of last season after eight years at the club, during which time he helped establish the Potters in the Premier League, took them to the FA Cup final and to the last 32 of the Europa League. Palace installed the Welshman in succession to Ian Holloway after a disastrous start to the season, and while it's far from mission accomplished, they are in much better shape than when he took over.

Star man: Former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh is Palace's top scorer with six goals this season, while winger Yannick Bolasie has been in decent form and was linked with a move abroad during the recent transfer window. The impact of both Ince and Ledley since their arrivals makes it highly likely that both will feature on Saturday evening.

Quote/unquote: "This is one of the stellar games. They are a great football club that had been dominated and run by probably the greatest manager in English football history. The

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