Manchester United v Aston Villa, SS1, Monday 8pm
After 74 minutes of Spurs v Manchester City yesterday this didn’t look like the game where Manchester United would clinch their 20th league title. But Tottenham’s extraordinary comeback from a goal down to win 3-1 has given this game extra significance.
If United win – they’re the champions. Simple as. But if Villa nick the three points it’s bad news for Reading and QPR who will be relegated.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games against Villa and have won 14 of their 16 home games at Old Trafford this season. Paul Lambert’s & Co. have won only four – but drawn five – of their 16 away games.
This is a home banker for me and I’d fancy United to win 3-1 at 17/2. Ferguson and the United faithful will want to get this title done and dusted in front of their home fans after the agony of last year’s final-game defeat.
Christian Benteke will be a threat for Villa whose form has improved in recent weeks and is 3/1 to be an anytime goalscorer in a match where Paddy Power go 8/11 that both teams will score.
Robin Van Persie is back among the goals – two in his last two games – and is 13/5 to score the opener. Don’t be surprised if he caps a fine debut season by opening the scoring in what promises to be the red half of Manchester’s crowning glory.