Manchester United vs Reading Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Manchester United vs Reading Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

The reigning champions Manchester United kick-off their defence of the FA Cup trophy with a home fixture against Reading on Saturday at lunchtime. Manchester United managed a hard-fought 0-2 win over West Ham in the Premier League on Monday, with Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring two second-half goals for Jose Mourinho’s side. Meanwhile, Reading fought back from two goals down to secure an impressive 2-3 victory on the road at Bristol City last time out in the Championship. An excellent strike from Liam Kelly and a brace from Yann Kermorgant in the last four minutes of the game were enough for Jaap Stam’s men to secure an unexpected victory. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

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Manchester United Preview

Manchester United haven’t lost a single match since a 2-1 away defeat at Fenerbahce in the Europa League at the beginning of November, and come into this clash off the back of a 13-game unbeaten streak across all competitions. The Red Devils have won the last six games in the Premier League, but they struggled a little bit in the most recent two. They fought back from one goal down thanks to two goals within the space of a minute by Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba to secure a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on the final day of 2016. Then, they needed 63 minutes to break the deadlock against ten-men West Ham on Monday, but they eventually won 0-2 thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal in the 78th minute. Due to this impressive run of form, Manchester United are now in 6th place in the Premier League table tied on 39 points with the 5th-placed Tottenham, just three points off the 3rd-placed Manchester City. Manchester United are undefeated in the last 13 games at the Old Trafford and have only conceded eight goals in the process. Furthermore, the Red Devils are unbeaten in their five home meetings with Reading in all competitions, winning three and drawing twice in this term. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been Manchester United’s most in-form player in front of goal so far this season, as the 35-year-old striker is currently leading the club’s goalscoring charts with 13 goals and 3 assists in his 19 league appearances.

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West Ham Preview

Reading have enjoyed a great run of form over the past two months, and they will be looking to upset the big guns at Old Trafford on Saturday. The Royals have won eight of their last ten games in the Championship and head into this clash off the back of a three-game winning streak. Jaap Stam’s boys looked incredibly strong in front of goal over the past two weeks, scoring three goals in each of their last three games in the Championship. Yann Kermorgant has been excellent during Reading’s recent run, scoring three goals in his last three league appearances. Reading find themselves in 3rd position in the Championship table tied on 46 points with the 4th-placed Huddersfield, six points off the second-placed Newcastle, but with a game in hand. On the road, the Royals have endured a mixed run of form with four defeats, five wins and one draw in their last ten away games in all competitions. The bad news is that Reading are winless in their nine meetings with Manchester United in all competitions, losing six and drawing three in the process. Regarding their FA Cup recent history, Reading managed to reach the 6th round last year when they were beaten 0-2 at home by the finalists Crystal Palace. The good news is that Reading are unbeaten in the last five away games in the FA Cup and have scored at least two goals in three of these.

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Manchester United Team News

Eric Bailly Bertrand and Wayne Rooney are both doubts, but Luke Shaw is finally back in training.

Reading Team News

Paul McShane and Callum Harriott are both doubts, while Stephen Quinn and Deniss Rakels are both missing through injury.

Betting Predictions and Tips

Manchester United are hot favourites to win here, but Reading have been in great shape over the past few months. Furthermore, Reading registered a 1-1 draw and a narrow 2-1 defeat in their last two FA Cup visits at Old Trafford. I expect Manchester United to win, but I’m also backing Reading to get on the scoresheet.

Both teams to score - Yes at 11/10

Manchester United to win and Over 2.5 goals at 3/4

Manchester United saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Manchester United saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against Reading

Reading saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Reading saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against Manchester United

AVG Goals

1

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Manchester United Form Guide

Manchester United Team Logo

Manchester United

Won

5

Draw

1

Lost

4
L H

28-07-2018

Champions Cup

Liverpool Team Logo Liverpool

FT 1 - 4

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

01-08-2018

Champions Cup

Real Madrid Team Logo Real Madrid

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

L A

05-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Bayern Munich Team Logo Bayern Munich

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

10-08-2018

Premier League

Leicester City Team Logo Leicester City

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

19-08-2018

Premier League

Brighton & Hove Albion Team Logo Brighton & Hove Albion

FT 3 - 2

(HT 3 - 1)

L H

27-08-2018

Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur Team Logo Tottenham Hotspur

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

02-09-2018

Premier League

Burnley Team Logo Burnley

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

W A

15-09-2018

Premier League

Watford Team Logo Watford

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

W A

19-09-2018

Champions League Grp. H

Young Boys Team Logo Young Boys

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

D H

22-09-2018

Premier League

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team Logo Wolverhampton Wanderers

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

Reading Form Guide

Reading Team Logo

Reading

Won

3

Draw

2

Lost

5
L A

11-08-2018

Championship

Nottingham Forest Team Logo Nottingham Forest

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

14-08-2018

EFL Cup

Birmingham City Team Logo Birmingham City

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

18-08-2018

Championship

Bolton Wanderers Team Logo Bolton Wanderers

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

22-08-2018

Championship

Blackburn Rovers Team Logo Blackburn Rovers

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

D A

25-08-2018

Championship

Aston Villa Team Logo Aston Villa

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

29-08-2018

EFL Cup

Watford Team Logo Watford

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

01-09-2018

Championship

Sheffield Wednesday Team Logo Sheffield Wednesday

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

15-09-2018

Championship

Preston North End Team Logo Preston North End

FT 2 - 3

(HT 1 - 1)

L H

19-09-2018

Championship

Norwich City Team Logo Norwich City

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

22-09-2018

Championship

Hull City Team Logo Hull City

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

Manchester United Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.5

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Reading Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.3

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Manchester United vs Reading Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
20 GK Sergio Romero 192 86
17 RB Daley Blind 180 72
5 CD Marcos Rojo 187 85
12 CD Chris Smalling 194 81
18 LB Ashley Young 175 65
11 CM Anthony Martial 181 76
8 CM Juan Mata 170 61
27 CDM Marouane Fellaini 194 85
16 CDM Michael Carrick 188 74
10 CM Wayne Rooney 176 83
19 CF Marcus Rashford 180 70
No. Pos Player M kg
26 GK Ali Al-Habsi 194 79
24 RB Tyler Blackett 186 80
16 CD Liam Moore 186 86
2 LB Chris Gunter 180 71
4 CD Joey van den Berg 182 84
38 CM Liam Kelly 168 65
7 CM Roy Beerens 174 70
23 CDM Daniel Williams 182 79
12 CM Garath McCleary 188 76
6 CDM George Evans 184 76
18 CF Yann Kermorgant 184 84