Monday evening sees Man Utd host Reading at Old Trafford in the only all-Premier League tie in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Man Utd start as 2/9 favourites to win the match, Reading can be backed at 10/1, whilst the draw is available at 11/2. All odds quoted are available with Bet365.
Do not be fooled into thinking Man Utd will settle for an early exit from the FA Cup in favour of the Premier League and progress in the latter stages of the Champions League. Sir Alex Ferguson will show just as much commitment to winning the FA Cup as the other two arguably more prestigious prizes and there is no doubt that Reading will be up against it at Old Trafford on Monday evening. The Red Devils have won 13 of their last 14 home matches in all competitions with the one blip being a 1-0 defeat to CFR Cluj in the Champions League back in December. It is notable that Wayne Rooney seems to be returning to a bit of form and he may still represent a bit of value in the goalscorer markets to the more obvious Robin Van Persie.
Reading have been in decent form themselves of late, winning six of their last nine matches in all competitions. Their last outing in the FA Cup was a 4-0 demolition of Sheffield United, which no doubt they will take confidence from. However, the United they face on Monday are of course an altogether different kettle of fish to the Yorkshire variety who ply their trade League One. And the last time Reading kept a clean sheet on the road (friendly matches excluded) was ten months ago, which does not bode well when they are about to face the Man Utd front-line.
Man Utd have the upper hand in recent meetings, winning three of the last four (the other match was a 0-0 draw). I cannot see anything other than a convincing home win for the Red Devils in this one, but odds of 2/9 make little appeal. Instead back Utd to overcome a 3.5 goal handicap at 7/2, along with a correct score punt on 4-0 at 11/1. Wayne Rooney to get on the scoresheet first at 10/3 is worthy of some cash, and if you fancy the Rooney 4-0 scorecast you will get 25/1.
Man Utd -3.5 – 7/2 with Bet365
Man Utd to win 4-0 correct score – 11/1 with Bet365
Wayne Rooney to score first – 10/3 with Bet365
Rooney & 4-0 Man Utd scorecast – 25/1 with Bet365
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