Manchester United take on Reading on Monday night in what could be a tasty all-Premier League FA Cup fifth-round clash.
United, unbeaten in 15 matches in all competitions, are currently 1/4 favourites, while Reading, with a proud cup record in recent years and good form of their own, are priced at 17/2 to knock out the league leaders and 5/1 to grab a draw at Old Trafford.
Before you place your bets on this evening’s clash, here are a few stats which may influence your thinking one way or the other.
3: The number of goals Manchester United have scored in four out of the six matches that they have won to knock Reading out of the FA Cup (a 2007 replay, 1996, 1936 and a 1912 replay). United are 4/5 to score three or more goals on Monday.
4: The number of goals Reading’s Noel Hunt has scored in five cup competition appearances this season. Having started both of the Royals’ FA Cup fixtures this season, Hunt is an intriguing 16/1 outside bet for first goalscorer and a lengthy 17/4 to score at any time.
8: The number of FA Cup ties Reading have won since the start of 2010 (including after extra time), which is one more than Manchester United in the same period. The away win at 17/2, anyone?
12: The number of goals Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs has scored in the FA Cup. Giggs has started in his side’s two most recent cup ties this year, scoring a penalty in the opening minutes against Fulham in the fourth round. He is 11/4 to score against Reading.
18: The number of matches United have won by a single-goal margin in all competitions this year, including a dramatic 4-3 win at Reading in December. The Premier League leaders are 16/5 for a one-goal win on Monday, by backing the draw in the 0-1 handicap market.