Two 'Uniteds' go head-to-head in the FA Cup on Friday, one from Cambridge and one from Manchester. This can only go one way, can't it?
Cambridge United are the lowest-ranked side left in this season’s FA Cup and they go under the spotlight on Friday evening with a glamour match against Premier League side Manchester United.
The Red Devils have already suffered one cup embarrassment this season, MK Dons knocking them out of the Capital One Cup with humiliating ease earlier this season. It’s extremely unlikely that we’ll see a repeat of this outcome at the Abbey Stadium on Friday evening, however the home side will be expected to put up a fight against their more illustrious opponents.
Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal has steered his side to the top four in the Premier League following a poor start to the season and he will be desperate to clinch his first piece of Silverware since arriving at Old Trafford, this match presenting him with a chance to move a step closer to that aim.
As such, we can expect to witness a strong Manchester United side at the Abbey Stadium on Friday with new signing Victor Valdes set to make his debut for the club between the sticks. The ex Barcelona goalkeeper, who has a World Cup and three Champions League titles to his name, will don his gloves for this clash after being named on the bench in the Premier League games against Queens Park Rangers and Southampton.
The betting odds for this match say it all, Manchester United overwhelming odds-on favourites at 2/9 with Coral. We can’t argue with that and let’s face it, the visitors are going to win this match and win it easily. Cambridge will be confident of an upset following their confidence boosting 4-0 win over Newport County at the weekend, however the Welsh team are a different proposition to the Premier League side and a giant killing isn’t on the cards on Friday.
Nevertheless, you might be up for taking a chance on such an outcome and if you fancy backing a shock win for the home side, you can grab yourself a meaty 17/1 at BetVictor, however we won’t be joining you.
There is just too much gulf in class between these sides to even consider an upset and Van Gaal will be attaching to this tie all the importance that it deserves by fielding a strong starting eleven. Cambridge may have nothing to lose, however we can’t see them managing to penetrate the visitors’ defence on this occasion and as such we’ll be backing the Red Devils to keep a clean sheet on Friday. Ok let’s face it, we’re not going to be grabbing ourselves any big prices on Manchester United in this match, however Sky Bet’s 10/11 for a win-to-nil for the visitors is a price we’ll be taking advantage of.
An early goal for the visitors could easily see the home side crumble and as such, we can expect to see a one-sided goal-fest at the Abbey Stadium.
Our betting tips
Manchester United win-to-nil – Sky Bet 10/11
Manchester United win and over 3.5 Goals – Betway 21/20
Anytime Goalscorer, Wayne Rooney – Betfred 6/5
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All odds were correct at time of posting.