While MK Dons managed to embarrass Man Utd 4-0 in the League Cup, Cambridge could only muster a 0-0 draw before losing 3-0 in the fifth round replay. In the second half of the season, it would appear that it’s no longer open season for claiming a Man Utd scalp.
Consequently, most of the discussion ahead of this game is related to how Preston players will have to pay for their own shirts if they choose to swap with the millionaires of Man Utd.
Preston present a greater challenge to Man Utd, as manager Simon Grayson has his team performing well enough to hold a playoff spot in League One. Of course, we do remember that Preston are a League One side.
Although shock results do occur in football, they aren’t highly common. Otherwise, there would have been no surprise at the likes of Man City and Chelsea losing in the last round.
Louis van Gaal still doesn’t know the best 11 players to select in his line-up. After cycling through Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, and even Marouane Fellaini earlier in the season, he now likes Wayne Rooney as his box-to-box midfielder.
With stars like Mata and company struggling for game time, van Gaal is likely to start them against Preston. Having not played regularly, these midfielders will be eager to prove their worth. And with the talented, young striker James Wilson also likely to start, there’s going to be a mobile target to lead the line.
In league one, Preston cracked the 40-goal mark before playing 30 games. However, they are quite far behind teams like Bristol City, Swindon, and MK Dons for production. Therefore, Man Utd should be able avoid conceding more than a goal, and that should make a win more probable for the Reds.
Tip one: Over 2.5 goals, Best Odds, 1.75 BetVictor
Tip two: Man Utd and over 2.5 goals, Best Odds, 2.45 BetVictor
Of the fifth round’s FA Cup fixtures, this game has reasonable potential for over 2.5 goals. Another tip is for Man Utd to win and for the game to have over 2.5 goals. Combining markets will improve your odds for matchups such as these.