Manchester United vs Reading Betting Preview, FA Cup Betting Tips

Manchester United vs Reading Odds – Saturday 7th January 2017 – 12:30 – BT Sport 2

Manchester United are 2/9 with the draw at 5/1 and Reading are 12/1

Betting tips and match preview | FA Cup

Manchester United welcome Reading to the Theatre of Dreams in the third round of the FA Cup, with the big boys now entering proceedings.

They come into this match on the back of a 2-0 win away against West Ham, with United having to dig deep for that result.

The game was marred by the sending off Sofiane Feghouli, with Mike Dean adjudging serious foul play in a challenge with Phil Jones.

It was a poor decision which was more worthy of a yellow, with both players committed to playing the ball.

United capitalised through goals from Juan Mata (63) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (78), with the Hammers finally succumbing.

United Of Old

Recent results will have delighted both United and Mourinho, with United finally showing the cutting edge required to close out matches.

Manchester United come into this match on the back of six successive wins, for the first time since their excellent run at the start of the season.

Ibrahimovic has scored 13 goals in the Premier League already this season, with Mkhitaryan also scoring in his last three successive matches.

Jose Mourinho’s side will be looking for another response, albeit in a competition where he can hopefully play some fringe players.

United Favourites

Manchester United come into this tie as heavy favourites, with their pedigree and form this season informing those odds.

They will be looking to capitalise on their dominance, they will also want to beat Championship side Reading.

Jose Mourinho’s side will be looking to continue their unbeaten record against the Royals, with 6 wins and 3 draws in 9 meetings.

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Manchester United

Stam Returns

Jaap Stam returns to Old Trafford for the first time as a manager, with his Reading side also in great form following a 3-2 win against Bristol City.

Tammy Abraham got the hosts off to a dream start, with a goal either side of half-time (27 and 47) with the second goal from the penalty spot.

Reading struck back in magnificent style, with three goals coming in the last 20 minutes, with the winner coming late into injury time.

Kelly (72) halved the deficit for the visitors, with Yann Kermorgant scoring a double inside seven minutes (86 & 90+3).

It was the perfect result for Reading, heading into this huge game but Reading will also be focused on their Championship commitments.

League Key

Reading come into the match in excellent form, they have won their last three successive matches in the Championship.

Wins against Bristol City, Norwich and Blackburn have seen them storm up the table to third position, with only Newcastle and Brighton ahead of them.

The main headline will be the return to Old Trafford for manager Stam, his departure still leaves a bitter taste in the mouth for both parties.

An Upset?

Reading unsurprisingly come into this match as underdogs, with United a league above Reading and in excellent form.

There is no pressure on Reading to win this match, they can just come and play but it remains to be seen how much of a priority they are giving this match.

Stam will be looking to make history against his former employers, they have never won a fixture against United.

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Both teams are 8/13 on to score. The first goalscorer odds for Manchester United are Zlatan Ibrahimovic at 11/4 with Marcus Rashford at 100/30. For Reading, Yann Kermorgant and Garath McCleary are at 12/1 with Dominic Samuel at 14/1.

The last time that these two sides met Manchester United won 1-0 and the odds of the same result are 7/1.

Manchester United vs Reading Odds

Tip 1 – Rashford to score first @ 100/30

Tip 2 – United to win 3-1 @ 9/1