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The reigning Premier League champions have had a woeful start to 2014 and our tipster is not expecting them to have things all their own way against Tony Pulis' side

Manchester United will look to breathe fresh life into their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League when they travel to take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The Red Devils have endured a dismal start to 2014, having won just two of their 10 competitive fixtures in all competitions thus far this year, but David Moyes’ men are still warm favourites to collect all three points here.

United can be backed at 8/13 (1.62) with Paddy Power to claim a much-needed morale-boosting victory ahead of next week’s Champions League clash against Olympiakos in Greece.

Crystal Palace, though, have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes since former Stoke City boss Tony Pulis took charge of the club and will be looking to heap more misery on the Premier League champions on Saturday.

The Eagles have lost just one of their last eight Premier League matches on home soil and can be backed at a chunky 5/1 (6.0) with Paddy Power to claim another three points at Selhurst Park. The draw is available at 14/5 (3.80) with the same firm.

United’s last outing – a 0-0 draw against Arsenal in north London – was the first time in 11 matches that David Moyes’ men have failed to score on their travels, while Palace have scored in six of their last seven matches at Selhurst Park.

Should that trend continue this weekend, the 5/6 (1.83) quote from Paddy Power for both teams to find the net would appear to represent good value, while the same firm also offer 5/6 (1.83) that three or more goals to be scored may well prove popular with punters here.

Wayne Rooney grabbed the headlines grabbed the headlines earlier in the week, with speculation that the striker is set to sign a new contract with the Red Devils, and the England frontman may attract more attention by getting amongst the goals this weekend.

The 28-year-old appeals at 9/2 (5.50) to break the deadlock at Selhurst Park on Saturday, while the 13/10 (2.30) quote for Rooney to score at any time is tempting.

However, with both sides having plenty to play for, this is likely to be an open clash and the 5/6 (1.83) quote from Paddy Power for goals at both ends is the recommended play for punters.

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