Yeovil Town vs Manchester United Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: Manchester United travel to Yeovil Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup, looking to continue a four match winning streak.
Last time: Goals from Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria did the job three years ago, in another FA Cup match at Huish Park that was a comfortable victory for United.
This time: United are 1/6 to win, with a draw 7/1 and a Yeovil win at 22/1.
You might remember: An 8-0 victory for Manchester United back in 1949, if you have a good memory. The game was in the fifth round of the FA Cup, and included five goals for Jack Rowley.
Yeovil Town's Last Six:
Yeovil Town’s Last Six: Won: 2 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3
Darren Way has a limited squad to select from, having been decimated by injuries and suspensions. Daniel Alfei, Rhys Browne, Oscar Gobern, James Bailey, Marcus Barnes and Omar Sowunmi are all in the treatment room, while Otis Khan is sitting out a red card suspension.
Manchester United's Last Six:
Manchester United’s Last Six: Won 3: Drawn 3: Lost 0
United are better off in the injury department with Daley Blind the only recent addition to the list, joining Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly. Mourinho will want to avoid any further injuries with a hectic schedule approaching, and so may well field a weakened team.
Yeovil’s league form has been lacking in recent weeks, but the Glovers have been doing well in tournament games. United’s visit may just be one step too far for Way’s men on Friday though.
Yeovil are 22/1 to win, and without a league victory since Boxing Day. Since then, the Glovers have won two cup matches, including a 2-0 win over League One opposition, Bradford City, thanks to goals from Marcus Barnes and Jordan Green. With United potentially fielding the odd junior player, Way will encourage his team to play physically and not allow them to settle on the ball.
United are 1/6 to win, and it would be a real shock if they did not do so. Even a weakened United side can rely on the likes of Marcus Rashford, Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata to outclass their opposition. Alexis Sanchez could make his debut for the Red Devils, but even if he doesn’t they should have enough to overcome Yeovil.
A draw is 7/1 on the basis that the hosts will try and pack out their area, and limit United to long range efforts. Earning a return fixture to Old Trafford is a real financial incentive for the Glovers, who have already planned where this fixture’s windfall is going.
Rashford is 13/20 to score anytime, and may get the rare opportunity to start up top against Yeovil. The young England forward hasn’t scored since December, in the derby against Manchester City. Anthony Martial is a candidate for a rest, but he’s 16/5 to open the scoring if he does play.
Francois Zoko is 3/1 to score anytime, having notched nine in the league this season for Yeovil, including in the round before last against Port Vale. With Marcus Barnes, scorer in the Glovers’ last FA Cup match, out for two months with an injury, Zoko will be relied upon to lead the line.
Predicted Score: Yeovil Town 0 - 3 Manchester United
Look out for:
United youngsters. Joel Pereira and Scott McTominay were both on the bench against Derby, and the 21-year-olds may be in line for a start against Yeovil. Highly rated midfielder Angel Gomez has yet to start a game for the senior side this season, but fans would love an opportunity to watch him play. McTominay is 7/4 to score anytime.
A high scoring United win with over 3.5 goals scored at 6/5. Even with a weakened side Mourinho’s men will be confident of a win, and the youth players will be looking to impress if they do indeed play.
It’s a long shot, but:
Zoko to score at 12/1. Yeovil’s top scorer has been in good form recently, and will be ready for battle against United’s centre-backs.
Written by Greg Murray
Greg Murray focused on watching football rather than playing it after realising he wasn’t going to be the next Gianfranco Zola. Writing prolifically on Italian football while keeping an eye on the game around the world, Greg has also turned his pen to the aviation industry and the betting market.