Monday night sees Reading make the journey to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round.
Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to make a number of changes from the team that drew 1-1 at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid on Wednesday evening, but the Scotsman will still expect his men to progress into the quarter-finals.
United are in fine form at the moment and they have gone 15 games with tasting defeat across all competitions.
In truth, this is usually the time of the season where the Red Devils really turn on the style and Reading might be dreading this one somewhat.
It has been nine years since United last won the FA Cup and that is something that Ferguson won’t like. He wants to challenge for every trophy on offer and with a treble still achievable, he knows this compeition has to be taken seriously.
Bets on a Manchester United win don’t offer the best value as they are on home soil as you can back them at 3/11 with Betfair.
As for Reading, they have been the comeback kings in recent weeks and don’t seem to know when they are beaten.
If the Royals remain in the game during the closing stages, you can never write them off, even at places such as Old Trafford.
Brian McDermott knows just how important confidence and momentum is when you are in a relegation battle in the league, so although this is the cup, he will be aware that a big performance is needed to keep spirits high.
Reading are sure to bring a lot of fans to the home of the Premier League-leaders and they are likely to make plenty of noise on Monday evening, especially if their side go in front early on.
The bookmakers aren’t giving the away team much of a chance here though as they are being offered at 12/1 with BetVictor to come out on top.
With both teams liking to play attacking football, betting on the anytime goal-scorer market might prove to be popular.
Javier Hernandez is likely to be given a chance to start in this one and he has odds of evens with Ladbrokes to find the net at anytime.
Then, Reading’s super-sub, Adam Le Fondre, looks like cracking value at 5/1 with Coral to grab himself a goal in this one.
In terms of a recommended bet though, we think predicting the correct score is the way to go and fancy United to be perhaps suffer an early scare, but run out 4-1 winners. You can back this happening at 14/1 with Sportingbet.
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