Manchester UNited manager Erik ten Hag talks with Alejandro Garnacho

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace Carabao Cup betting tips, BuildABet, best bets and preview

Crystal Palace visit Old Trafford twice in five days this week, first taking on reigning holders Manchester United in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday. Michael Beardmore has two best bets.

Football betting tips: Carabao Cup

1.5pt Crystal Palace or draw (double chance) at 7/5 (General)

1.5pt Alejandro Garnacho 1+ offsides at 9/4 (Sky Bet)

Sky Bet odds | Paddy Power | Betfair

Kick-off time: 20:00 BST, Tuesday

TV channel: Sky Sports Main Event

Home 8/15 | Draw 3/1 | Away 9/2

  • Michael Beardmore is more than 25pts in profit for the 2023-24 football season

Manchester United's defence of the Carabao Cup trophy they won by beating Newcastle United in the final at Wembley in February begins with a tough first assignment as Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace travel to Old Trafford.

The Red Devils arrested a run of four defeats in five games in all competitions with a narrow win at Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday but have still had a hugely rocky start to the season.

And that's before we mention their various off-the-field problems, with fallings-out, stalled takeovers and the like.

Palace, meanwhile, are doing what Palace do - particularly when Hodgson is at the wheel. Plod along nicely if unspectacularly, winning a couple, drawing a couple, losing a couple. But do they have it in them to cause a minor shock here?


What are the best bets?

Let's get it straight, United are unbackable here. Hugely lucky to beat both Wolves and Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford in their opening two home league games, they were eventually found out by Brighton last time out in front of their own fans.

Hodgson knows how to win at the Theatre of Dreams, having led CRYSTAL PALACE to successive victories there in 2019-20 and 2020-21, and I think the Eagles are temptingly large in the markets, particularly at 7/5 DOUBLE CHANCE.

United have shipped 14 goals in seven games this term and their injury problems in defence mean they can be got at. The bet relies slightly on Palace going relatively strong with team or squad selection but they did so in round two at Plymouth.

The hosts are in disarray to a degree and Palace can capitalise on that by at least taking them to penalties, if not winning in 90 minutes (no extra time in this competition at this stage).

It's always tempting fate to tip a player punt in a cup game like this given the uncertainty over the teamsheets but one man I expect to be given a start is Manchester United's exciting winger ALEJANDRO GARNACHO.

Alejandro Garnacho's average position when receiving passes is incredibly high, making him liable to offside flags
Alejandro Garnacho's average position when receiving passes is incredibly high, making him liable to offside flags

And the market I want to focus on with the Argentine is offsides given he's racked up three of them in 154 minutes of football this season. If you include last season's numbers, the South American speedster averages an offside every 133 minutes, basically two every three matches, which makes the 9/4 on him TO HAVE 1+ OFFSIDES look huge value.

Maybe value even if he's a sub considering he was flagged twice after coming on in the 85th minute against Brighton.

BuildABet @ 17/1

  • Crystal Palace to win the tie
  • Alejandro Garnacho 1+ offsides
  • Both teams to score

CLICK HERE to back with Sky Bet

Prior to Manchester United's win at Burnley, the Red Devils' previous four games had yielded a whopping 20 goals with both teams finding the net in all four - and Ten Hag's men winning only one of them, against Nottingham Forest.

Palace were held to a stalemate by Fulham last weekend but their three preceding games had featured a massive 15 goals, again all three landing BTTS punts, with the Eagles winning two of them. We should expect both sides to score here.

Score prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Crystal Palace (Sky Bet odds: 13/2)

Team news

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has plenty of selection headaches, many of them unwanted. Marcus Rashford could be unavailable after being shaken up, albeit uninjured, by a car crash after the Red Devils' 1-0 win at Burnley.

Full-backs Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw are injured, as is Lisandro Martinez, while Harry Maguire is touch and go, with Antony and Jadon Sancho missing for off-field reasons. Sergio Reguilon came off ill at Burnley to add to the defensive issues.

Ten Hag will likely shuffle his pack to some extent anyway for the cup, with new signing Sofyan Amrabat pushing for a start, Mason Mount potentially returning from a knock and keeper Altay Bayindir set to be handed his Red Devils debut.

Michael Olise, Jefferson Lerma and James Tomkins are definitely ruled out for the Eagles, who could also hand a debut in between the sticks to Dean Henderson, the stopper they signed from United at the end of the transfer window.

Palace striker and four-goal leading scorer Edouard Odsonne is unlikely to be risked, certainly from the start at least, after picking up a slight hamstring injury in Saturday's goalless Premier League draw against Fulham.

Predicted line-ups

Manchester United: Bayindir; Dalot, Lindelof, Evans, Reguilon; Mejbri, Amrabat, Eriksen; Pellistri, Martial, Garnacho

Crystal Palace: Henderson; Clyne, Richards, Holding, Mitchell; Riedewald, Hughes; Rak-Sakyi, Eze, Schlupp; Mateta

Jurgen Klopp
ALSO READ: Carabao Cup outright preview

Odds correct 1630 BST (25/09/23)

More from Sporting Life

Safer gambling

We are committed in our support of safer gambling. Recommended bets are advised to over-18s and we strongly encourage readers to wager only what they can afford to lose.

If you are concerned about your gambling, please call the National Gambling Helpline / GamCare on 0808 8020 133.

Further support and information can be found at and

Like what you've read?


Sporting Life
Join for free!
Access to exclusive features all for FREE - No monthly subscription fee
Race Replays
My stable horse tracker
giftOffers and prize draws
newsExclusive content