Palace boss feeling the heat

03 March 2021 19:57:34 GMTPlus10

Roy Hodgson admits Crystal Palace have endured "a tough time" during a relentless Premier League schedule.

The Eagles are preparing to face Manchester United at Selhurst Park on Wednesday, having won September's reverse fixture at Old Trafford 3-1.

Palace failed to build on that early promise, however, and they have been hit hard by injuries, most notably to inspirational top scorer Wilfried Zaha.

The Ivorian international scored twice in the win over his former club United but he will miss Wednesday's fixture as he has only just returned to training after a hamstring problem.

Palace have failed to find the net in three of their last four league matches and the exception was a remarkable 2-1 win at Brighton, where Hodgson's side has just 25 per cent of possession and scored with their only two shots on target.

They face a Red Devils side who are unbeaten in their last 20 away league matches but Hodgson should be able to welcome back Jeffrey Schlupp and Connor Wickham to his depleted squad.

United striker Edinson Cavani is likely to be available again but midfielder Paul Pogba remains sidelined.

Asked about the pressures of this campaign, Hodgson told reporters: "It's been a tough time. These games are coming so thick and fast and we're reaching a stage now in the season where it seems like we've been playing forever.

"It's game after game, night after night. And of course we are seeing a lot of injuries. Every day I read about teams having to deal without their best players."

Crystal Palace are 13/2 to win on Wednesday.

Manchester United can be backed at 2/5 and a draw is 15/4.

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