Reading hoping to avoid a right Royal thumping – Betting Preview
With their team 1-0 down last weekend, the Old Trafford faithful could be forgiven for being confident that Sir Alex Ferguson would turn it around given that he had already won 15 points from losing positions this season, accounting for almost 50% of their league total. Therefore, it is safe to say that Brian McDermott will be looking for his team to make a quick, explosive start to their clash at the Madejski Stadium this Saturday evening.
The Royals, currently sitting 19th in the Premier League, have only amassed a solitary victory this campaign, a 2-1 home win a fortnight ago, and face the 19-time title winners off the back of two poor defeats. Last weekend's loss at the DW Stadium, a match in which they allowed a 91st minute winner, was swiftly followed by a lacklustre trip to the Midlands, and their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa perhaps demonstrated the level of morale that surrounds the club. Although the Royals created a handful of chances, they never looked dangerous in their intent, and an 80th minute winner proved too much for McDermott's side, an omen that will not sit well with the Berkshire club.
One of the major problems for Reading this season continues to be their lack of firepower, with only three players chipping in with more than two goals. A player that has however is former lower league superstar Adam Le Fondre. 'Alf', as he is affectionately known by Reading fans, leads the team in Premier League goals, and after sealing his move from Rotherham only 18 months ago, has impressed, and although he has made half his appearance as a substitute, Le Fondre has been a consistent threat in front of goal. Paired with Russian forward Pavel Pogrebnyak, the exciting striker should be a handful for an under par Man Utd defence, and as such, has seen his price enhanced to score in a Reading win to 10/1 (from 9/1).
That under par Manchester United defence that Le Fondre could run riot against is, as ever, missing Nemanja Vidic, however his return is thought to be imminent, whilst the Red Devils' midfield has been bolstered by the return of evergreen Welshman Ryan Giggs. Of course, their recent results are not flying in the face of history; in fact a signature of Ferguson's time in charge of the club has been their resilience and their determination to stick it out until the end. At 6/1 to come from behind and win, William Hill appear confident that Man Utd can quell any early onslaught Readin throw at them, but are you?
Unbeaten in a decade in their first Decembver match, Sir Alex will looking for his team to start quicker and avoid having to come from behind, and may rely on forward Wayne Rooney to inspire his team. The English striker hasn't shown his top form throughout the 2012 season, often turning provider for the prolific Robin van Persie (2/1 for RVP to score the first goal), but has seen his enhanced to score anytime in a Man Utd win to 6/4 (from EVS).
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Best Bet: 21/21 - Double Result: Manchester United/Manchester United
Worth a Punt: 9/1 - Correct Score: 3-0 Manchester United