Manchester United are likely to be fired up for their Carling Cup fourth round clash with Aldershot Town following their 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday.
The Red Devils are expected to play a weakened side for the clash at the Recreation Ground but with a squad packed full of international players, whatever team is selected by manager Sir Alex Ferguson is unlikely to be vulnerable to an upset.
Nemanja Vidic, Michael Owen, Dimitar Berbatov, Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick are all expected to feature alongside promising youngsters such as Paul Pogba.
According to Ferguson, his team is likely to be similar to the one which beat Leeds in the third round, when a Michael Owen brace helped United to a 3-0 victory.
Given Leeds are challenging at the top of the Championship and Aldershot are struggling in League Two, the shadow Man Utd XI is likely to be far too strong for their opponents this evening.
And with the United players certain to want to make a statement following their derby humiliation, the gulf in class should be plain for all to see.
As such, goals can be expected at the Recreation Ground, and with a United victory priced at 11/50 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, odds on the Red Devils to win a game which features at least four goals look much more tempting at 6/5.
To make matters worse for Aldershot, they are in a poor run of form, with a 5-2 win against Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday bringing a welcome end to five successive defeats.
With this in mind, there appears to be little value in an Aldershot win at 11/1 or even a draw at 5/1.
A leaky defence has been one of the Shots’ biggest problems of late, with at least two goals leaked in each of their last five games.
Interestingly, nine of the last 11 goals conceded by Dean Holdsworth’s side have been let in in the second half, highlighting how they are increasingly vulnerable as games draw to a conclusion.
With United having scored more goals in the second half than they have in the first in the league this season, they look ideally placed to score a greater proportion of their goals after the interval at odds of 6/5.
A successful £25 free bet on Man Utd to score more goals in the second half than the first would return £55, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
And with those second-half goals likely to help United to a big score, odds of 5/1 on a 0-4, 0-5 or 0-6 scoreline in favour of the away side could represent another good opportunity for punters.
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