Behind Manchester United’s Incredible Televised FA Cup Streak
The FA Cup is the time for all the teams of the nation to truly show their worth. However, it seems that some teams get a little more shine than others. With Manchester United set to appear in their 55th consecutive FA Cup television appearance, either the Red Devils are incredibly lucky, or they seem to be capitalising on some favouritism.
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This perceived favouritism of Man Utd has of course angered a few, like the guys at The Sun, for example. Their main gripe being that the TV revenue is not being distributed more evenly across non-league and lower league teams, who are of course in more need of the added financial benefits of being on TV. That said, the lure of Manchester United is just too strong, with Mourinho and his world class superstars such as Pogba and Zlatan, ensuring viewers will be tuning in.
Reds and Reading
This Saturday, Championship promotion hopefuls Reading travel to Old Trafford to take on Man Utd in their fourth televised FA Cup fixture. With this fourth match up, Reading joins West Ham and Arsenal as Manchester United’s most commonly faced opponent on TV during this incredible wave they're riding.
Reading must bring their A game this weekend, since Manchester United has made it a habit of showing off on the big screen. Having won 36 of the past 54 consecutive TV matchups, the Reds are currently at a 66%-win rate. Additionally, with the game being hosted at Old Trafford, so Reading must work even harder to defeat the Red Devils. Of their 21 games at home, Man Utd has won 16—giving them a 76%-win rate at Old Trafford. The bookies give Reading little chance of upsetting the odds, and you can get in excess of 15/1 if you fancy the underdogs here.
Rooney in the Spotlight
It seems that captain Rooney has the opposite of stage fright. When it comes to having the pressure of a live broadcasted matchup, Rooney thrives. In the past 54 consecutive matches, Rooney has scored 21 goals, sealing his status as the top goalscorer. His closest competition comes from past teammate Ronaldo, who managed to score 11 goals for Man U in the FA Cup during his tenure. With him out injured for this upcoming tie, history won't repeat itself against Reading on Saturday.
The camera doesn’t just add 10lbs, in United's case it also adds goals. With only 9% of the past 54 consecutive matches resulting in a bore draw, there’s a big chance of seeing some killer strikes this Saturday. In the past televised streak, Manchester United has scored an average of 1.92 goals per match. When taking into consideration that they concede an average of 0.67 goals, Reading has some stats stacked against them.
Although, it wouldn’t be uncommon for the Manchester side to concede one goal while edging away with a victory nonetheless. In the past 54 televised matches, the final result has been 2-1 16% of the time. So an over 2.5 goals bet doesn't look out of the question here.
However, considering the advantage of being at Old Trafford, it is likely that Manchester United is looking to boost their home field win rate with a blowout.
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