A four point lead in the title race does not seem large enough but the way United are playing and Chelsea’s current problems the title could be decided or atleast be given a definite direction in the next couple of games. United have the best defensive and offensive record in the Premiership this season by conceding only 11 goals and scoring a whopping 44 goals in 20 matches.
Manchester United will be without the services of Paul Scholes and Vidic for this match as both of them will be serving their suspensions after getting 5 yellow cards. The good news for United is the return of Michael Carrick after his ankle injury. He is likely to start the match and play in Scholes position. Christiano Ronaldo could start this match after an excellent second half show against Wigan. Ryan Giggs could also be back in the line-up after getting a good Christmas holiday. Louis Saha was not even on the bench for the boxing day match which could mean that he would certainly figure in the match at some point of time.
Steve Coppell knows that facing Manchester United at Old Trafford will be a very tough prospect for his team. He has already singled out the threat of Ronaldo and how his team have to keep him out. Reading do not have any injury concerns for this match, and apart from the few players Coppell might rest for this match due to the matches coming thick and fast the same team which drew against Chelsea is expected to play. The likes of Lita, Doyle and Little did particularly well at Stamford bridge and much will be expected of them.
United to win this but its not going to be easy for the Red Devils. I expect Reading to give them a good fight and they might even win a half. Reading to win either half is at 4.50. A first half draw and second half united win is also probable at good odds of 4.0. A bet on both teams to score in the match is pretty likely and is at the odds of 2.10.