Monday Night Football : Live odds Man Utd v Reading as punters eye FA cup treat

Its Manchester Utd v Reading in the FA Cup as Paddy Power release the latest odds & announce a new free bets offer, as Man Utd look to be taking all the money as outright winners, the Dublin based firm report.

Reading make the tough trip to Manchester United this evening as the two sides meet in an all-Premier League FA Cup fifth round match at Old Trafford.

The draw for the quarter-finals has already been made and the winner here will face either Middlesbrough or Chelsea at home.

Looking at Manchester United to begin with, they are of course still on course for a famous treble as they are twelve points clear in the Premier League and in a good position in the Champions League.

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For that reason, the FA Cup is sure to be taken seriously by Sir Alex Ferguson and although he might change the team around from the one that got a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid last week, he will still expect a victory.

The Red Devils have been playing some cracking football in recent weeks and do look the strongest team in England by far at the moment, so should have far too much quality for Reading if at their best.

They will look at the upsets over the weekend though – such as Blackburn Rovers winning at Arsenal – and know nothing can be taken for granted. If they aren’t at the races, they can expect to be punished.

Unsurprisingly, United are the big favourites to come out on top here as they are at 2/7 to reach the quarter-finals this evening.

One man who could start is Javier Hernandez as he did not feature at all at the Bernabeu, so is sure to be chomping at the bit to get onto the pitch and show Sir Alex Ferguson he is in fine form. The Mexican is at evens to score at anytime here.

As for Reading, the FA Cup is not as important to them as league survival of course, but Brian McDermott should still pick a strong side to come to Old Trafford as they last thing he needs is a hammering at the this stage of the campaign.

With the way the Royals have played in recent weeks, they should come here full of confidence and you know that if they are still in the game come the latter stages, they are more than capable of scoring late goals.

Their main man and super sub this season has been Adam Le Fondre and he looks like cracking value at 14/1 to score the last goal of the game. As he often starts as a sub, Le Fondre might get the chance to show what he can do from the start at Old Trafford.

Reading are out at 11/1 for the win, so they aren’t being given much of a chance from the bookmakers. There have been much bigger FA Cup upsets than if the away team were to come out on top though and they shouldn’t be dreading this encounter as the pressure is off.

With this being a cup tie at this stage of the campaign, neither side will really want a replay, so we could see plenty of attacking football. It all gets underway from 8PM.

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