We preview both of the televised FA Cup Third Round games on Saturday, kicking off with Reading’s visit to Old Trafford and followed by Arsenal’s trip to Deepdale.
Manchester United v Reading
|Over 2.5||Total Goals||1/2||Betfred|
|Manchester United 3-1||Correct Score||11/1||Unibet|
|Manchester United 4-1||Correct Score||16/1||Sky Bet|
|Wayne Rooney||First Goalscorer||51/10||Unibet|
United have won 7 consecutive games in all competitions, conceding just 3 goals, and they are unbeaten in their last 24 FA Cup ties with second-tier sides (W20, D4).
But Reading, managed by former United player Jaap Stam, are doing well down in the Championship – in third place having won 9 of their last 11 league games (L2).
They have been involved in many high scoring games this season and their 23 goals conceded away from home is far higher than any other side at the top of the table.
With this in mind, we suggest a maximum bet on Over 2.5 Goals at 1/2 with Betfred, while we also recommend a couple of high scoring home wins – let’s try 3-1 and 4-1.
Finally, Wayne Rooney will start up front and a goal will equal Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time club record of 249 – back him to score first at the stand-out odds of 51/10.
Preston v Arsenal
|Arsenal 3-1||Correct Score||11/1||Sky Bet|
|Arsenal 4-1||Correct Score||20/1||Sky Bet|
|Theo Walcott||Anytime Goalscorer||15/8||Betfred|
|Daniel Johnson||Anytime Goalscorer||6/1||Betfred|
Arsene Wenger has announced that he will only be making a couple of changes to his stongest line-up for the 5.30pm kick-off. And if that is the case, then many big hitters will be taking advantage of the 9/20 with Paddy Power for Arsenal to win.
Arsenal have lost just one of their last 36 games against lower league opposition in the FA Cup and we want to be on a high scoring away win – again the 3-1 and 4-1.
Theo Walcott is likely to start for the Gunners and he is a huge 15/8 with Betfred to score (just 8/11 with Paddy Power), while we also suggest backing Preston’s joint-top league goal scorer this season, Daniel Johnson, at 6/1 with Betfred (4/1 elsewhere).