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Man Utd v Crystal Palace: Rooney to net in 2-0 win

| 10.11.2014

Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure from the Old Trafford dugout the records have been tumbling at Manchester United and not in a good way.

Crystal Palace are the next club looking to break a long-standing United run, with the Eagles having not won at Old Trafford since 1989.

However, despite the lacklustre start under Louis van Gaal, the hosts go into the tie as 1/3 favourites, with a Palace win priced at 17/2 and the draw available at 9/2.

That said, there are plenty of other more tempting bets and here Ladbrokes News’ James Curtis looks at three of the best.

Wayne Rooney to score first @ 4/1 (or anytime @ evens)

Rooney should be match-ready and up to speed after the City game and has netted in all three matches he has played at Old Trafford this season.

With Radamel Falcao still an injury concern and Robin van Persie yet to hit his own high standards Rooney looks the value pick at the prices.

Manchester United to win 2-0 @ 6/1

With the price on the win so skinny, by virtue of the fact the Red Devils last lost a home tie against Palace when New Kids on the Block were at number one in the UK charts, a Correct Score bet looks a better option.

Even in the dark days under David Moyes last season United could be relied upon to swat Palace aside, and they did. Twice. Winning 2-0 on each occasion.

Scorecast – Rooney 2-0 @ 20/1

United’s defence hasn’t been great this year but Palace unable to field Wilfried Zaha (on loan) or Mile Jedinak (suspended) much of the Eagles driving force is already diminished.

With Rooney’s home scoring record and the ease with which United beat Palace last year, this is a bet you could kick yourself for if passing the opportunity by.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.