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A home tie against Crystal Palace should, on paper, give Man Utd an easy passage to the semi-final but trophies aren’t won on paper.
Of course, United are huge favourites at 2/9 (Unibet – free betting £20) to win this one and even with the weakened side they are likely to field they should have far too much quality for Palace. The last time the London side beat the Red Devils was back in 1991 and then they were in the same division as them. Palace’s chances, even at odds of 16/1 (Victor Chandler – £75 free bets), do not look good. The sides have met five times previously in this competition and the record should be further cause for concern for the away fans as it stands at 5-0 against them.
Of course, upsets do happen but we don’t see feel one is on the cards here. Man United could only draw against Newcastle on Saturday, despite pummelling the opposition goal in the closing stages. However, they will not face such dogged resistance here and should win easily enough.
Dougie Freedman’s side are comfortably in mid table of the Championship but could only manage a draw at home against Millwall at the weekend. The manager has them playing nice football and they have several players capable of scoring but lack a top quality striker. Ambrose is always a threat and if they are to score, he could be the man. He has four goals so far this season and is 5/1 (Stan James) to score at any time.
For the home side Dimitar Berbatov looks a fantastic bet to open the scoring. He has rarely been called on this season but when he has generally delivered. Take him at 10/3 (Stan James) to score first and set Fergie’s men on the way to victory.