Theatre of Nightmares for the Royals
Manchester United v Reading
90 Minute Betting: Man Utd @2/7 Draw @4/1 Reading @10/1
To Qualify: Man Utd @1/9 Reading @5/1
Special Enhanced Wincast Offers:
Danny Welbeck To Score And Man Utd To Win @7/4 - was 6/5
Pavel Pogrebnyak To Score And Reading To Win @25/1- was 16/1
After their heroics at the Bernabeu last week, Sir Alex Ferguson's troops will be extra confident of a resounding win against a Reading side whose main aim for the rest of the season will be to guarantee against relegation from the Premier League.
In eight previous meetings, Reading are yet to taste victory. Although they have managed to gain two draws from their three visits to Old Trafford. Twenty six goals have been scored in these eight matches, so a goal drought looks unlikely (Both Teams To Score @ 7/10).
Our new Match Result and Both Teams to Score markets look especially tasty, Man Utd to Win and Both Teams to Score @13/10 looks particularly appetising compared to the Man Utd @2/7 to win in 90 minutes (Draw @4/1 Reading @10/1).
In the Premier League, The Royals have managed thirty three goals, which is respectable if not spectacular for their current standing. The Reds by comparison have smashed the opposition net sixty two times, as they have stormed a dazzling twelve points clear of their nearest rivals on the other side of town.
RVP, Rooney, Welbeck and Hernandez (To open the scoring @11/4, @3/1, @4/1, @3/1 and To score at any time in the 90 minutes @8/13, @8/11, @Evens, @8/11 respectively), have become a lethal combination and if you include (with Rooney) Giggs and Scholes, you could have three of Man Utd's all time top ten scorers on the pitch.
Their 1-1 draw away to Real Madrid was a testament to the Premier League leaders versatility and ability to adapt to different and difficult situations, in addition to proving that the top English teams are a real force in all the major tournaments.
Danny Welbeck's header was the catalyst and another early goal could again be in the offing (Time of Ist Man Utd Goal - 1st to 15th minute @11/5 and Double Result - Man Utd/Man Utd @4/7).
By stark contrast, Reading will be relying on their upturn in recent form , ten points from their last six games, for a confidence boost and when you see what Bradford have managed, you sense that Reading might not be the lambs to the slaughter that the formbook suggests. While Adam Le Fondre (To Score the first goal @11/1 and to score any time in the 90 minutes @4/1), has been a consistent threat in the penalty box all season.
Even the most positive Royals supporter with be more hopeful, than expectant. Football is a fickle game and the twists and turns in a match create surprises every week, however, it does take a jump of the imagination to see past Man Utd qualifying in style for the next round of the FA Cup.
Man Utd to Win and Both Teams to Score @13/10
Match Handicaps - Man Utd -2 goals @ 8/5
Worth a Speculation:
90 Minutes, Corners and Cards Treble - Man Utd Win and Under 10 Corners and Over 6 Cards @ 28/1
Goals, Corners and Cards Treble - Over 2.5 Goals and 10-12 Corners and 4-6 Cards @ 16/1
Opta Facts and Stats:
The last two times Man Utd have beaten Fulham at Old Trafford in the FA Cup (as they did in the last round), they have gone on to win it (2004, 1999).
Manchester United are unbeaten in 12 matches in all competitions against Reading (W8 D4). The last time they lost to Reading was in the FA Cup in January 1927.
The Red Devils have won 15 of their last 19 home ties in the FA Cup (D2 L2).
Sir Alex Ferguson's side have conceded just one goal in their last five FA Cup matches at Old Trafford.
This is the third time in the last four years that Reading have reached the FA Cup fifth round; and only the eighth time in their history. On each of the last two appearances, they have progressed to the last eight.
Only once in the last 12 occasions that Reading have drawn against opponents from the same division in the FA Cup have they progressed to the next round.
Wayne Rooney has scored three goals in his last two starts against Reading.
Adam Le Fondre has scored seven goals in his last seven appearances for Reading in all competitions. He also scored against Manchester United earlier this season.
The clash between the two teams earlier in the season (in the Premier League) saw seven goals scored in the opening 35 minutes.