Premier League Betting: Man United v Reading - Fan v Fan Preview



Man United perspective: Chudi Onwuazor, The Busby Way

Team news

Nani limped out of the game against Chelsea last weekend and misses the game, as does Phil Jones, who injured his ankle against Reading in the FA Cup just under a month ago. Nemanja Vidic had a precautionary one-game rest so is in contention for a starting spot.

Form

United have wobbled in our past two games, crashing out of Europe and giving up a two-goal lead against Chelsea in the FA Cup. But in the league we have been imperious, with no defeat since Norwich away in November. We last dropped points against Spurs in January.

Head-to-head

This is the third meeting between these sides this season with United coming out on top in both of the previous meetings. Reading have run United close, however, particularly in the 4-3 at the Madejski.

Best bets 

Robin van Persie to score at 1.53. He's due a goal or two and Reading may just be on the receiving end of a backlash.

Over 3.5 goals at 1.80. The game at the Madejski yielded seven goals. Whilst United's defence has tightened up since then I expect goals here too.

Over 1.5 goals in first half at 1,78. At the Madejski Reading really gave it a go and if they start like they did in December they will give themselves a chance.

Score prediction: Man United 3-1 Reading (10.00)

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Reading perspective: Dan Wimbush, The Tilehurst End

Team news

Jimmy Kebe, Adam Federici and Pavel Pogrebnyak will take no part - the first two are injured and the Russian serves the final game of a three-match ban. Caretaker boss Eamonn Dolan has worked with plenty of the younger players so I'd imagine they'll be places for the likes of Hal Robson-Kanu, Jem Karacan and Alex Pearce, while the little used Portuguese midfielder Daniel Carrico could make a long-awaited second start for the club.

Form

It's been an eventful week at the Madejski with our fate all but settled with a disappointing defeat to Villa, followed by the sacking of Brian McDermott after over three years in charge. With no new manager imminent it's left to academy boss Dolan to lead the side at Old Trafford - a great place to take a side for your first match in charge on the back of a five-game losing streak.

Head-to-head

Reading actually have an OK record at Old Trafford, drawing on two of our last four trips and only losing the other two by a single goal. Our last trip was in the FA Cup last month, when a Nani-inspired United killed us off with two quick goals in the second half. Jobi McAnuff grabbed a consolation but 2-1 was a fair result in the end.

Best bets

0-0 at half-time at 4.7. If we're to have any chance, we'll need to keep things tight early on.

Adam Le Fondre to score at 15.00. Our knack of scoring late goals tempts me to throw some speculative cash on boyhood United fan Adam Le Fondre.

United win at 1.13. Unfortunately, I just cannot see us winning this.

Score prediction: Man United 3-1 Reading (10.00)

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