Manchester City remain favourites for the FA Cup but have drifted from 8/5 to 9/5 after Manchester United confirmed their appearance in the quarter-finals with victory over Reading at Old Trafford last night.
Goals from Nani and Javier Hernandez were enough to give Sir Alex Ferguson’s men a 2-1 triumph against the Royals, for whom Jobi McAnuff grabbed a consolation strike.
In truth, the Premier League leaders, who were much changed from last week’s 1-1 draw against Real Madrid in the Champions League, were made to work hard for their victory by a spirited Reading side.
But Nani, who came on in the first half after Phil Jones sustained an ankle injury – a worry for Ferguson ahead of the return clash with the Spanish champions – scored one and made the other to ease United through.
The Red Devils are now 19/10 (from a pre-match 12/5) to win the FA Cup for the first time since 2004 and will face either Chelsea (6/1) or Middlesbrough (250/1) for a place in the semi-finals, while City welcome 200/1 shots Barnsley.
In other words, anyone who registers with bwin today and places their free £20 bet on United to lift the trophy at Wembley in May will pocket winnings of £58 if successful.
Everton remain 4/1 third favourites despite having to overcome a fifth-round replay at home to Oldham Athletic (500/1 outsiders) before negotiating a home tie against Wigan Athletic, who are 25/1 to win the cup.
Millwall and Blackburn Rovers, who face each other in the remaining quarter-final, are both 40/1 for FA Cup glory.