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Preston v Man Utd: Visitors to struggle in FA Cup once again

| 16.02.2015

Louis van Gaal is desperate to win the FA Cup this season. In fact, every player, member of staff and fan does too. It has been a long time since the Red Devils had their mitts around the famous trophy and it is, according to them, about time that changed.

All the noises coming out of Old Trafford when this competition crops up in conversation only furthers the theory that the FA Cup is the club’s prime target this season. The side’s their Dutch manager select are also indicative of the importance the trophy holds. The only thing letting them down is their performances.

As the side travel to face yet another lower-league opponent, we have mapped out three bets for the contest below:

First Half Result – Draw @ 13/10

Yeovil, Cambridge United and Preston. Since Van Gaal’s side entered the competition in the third round they haven’t had to face anyone higher than League One, yet they’ve struggled.

Having taken an age to break down Yeovil over the Christmas period, they needed a replay to better Cambridge.

In their last 10 away games the Red Devils have been drawing at half-time in nine of them and against a well organised Preston side, that’s likely to continue.

Under 2.5 goals @ 21/20

At home Preston hardly set the scoreboard ablaze. Simon Grayson’s men have played in eight games of under 2.5 goals in their last nine at Deepdale and have scored exactly one goal in all of their last three there.

With Man United struggling to impose themselves against lesser opponents in this competition this season, this looks like a strong punt.

Preston double chance @ 29/20

In all competitions, only two teams have come to play Preston at Deepdale and left victorious; Walsall in the JP Trophy last month, and Bradford in the league back in November.

In all competitions, only four teams have hosted Manchester United as visitors and lost. Arsenal and Southampton in the league last year, and Yeovil and QPR last month.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.