Saturday FA Cup Betting Preview

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     BT-Sport-2

Over 2.5Total Goals1/2Betfred
Manchester United 3-1Correct Score11/1Unibet
Manchester United 4-1Correct Score16/1Sky Bet
Wayne RooneyFirst Goalscorer51/10Unibet

Bookmakers do not anticipate a shock in the 12.30pm kick-off – United are no bigger than 1/4 with Ladbrokes, with Reading at 14/1 and the draw 6/1 – both with Bet365.

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     BT-Sport-2

Arsenal 3-1Correct Score11/1Sky Bet
Arsenal 4-1Correct Score20/1Sky Bet
Theo WalcottAnytime Goalscorer15/8Betfred
Daniel JohnsonAnytime Goalscorer6/1Betfred

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.

Preston, currently 11th in the Championship with just 5 wins from their 13 league home games this season, are at 13/2 with Bet365, with the draw 21/5 at BetVictor.

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).