Manchester United v Aston Villa: Ronny Johnsen's Expert Betting Tips



Manchester United 1.22, the draw 6.30, Aston Villa 13.00

Manchester United had a rare off-day on Wednesday night, leaving Upton Park with just a point after a 2-2 draw with West Ham. But despite that result, United find themselves on the brink of winning a historic 20th league title, thanks to Tottenham's win over Man City yesterday. A win tonight would seal the Premier League title, and knowing Sir Alex Ferguson, he won't settle for anything less. A home win is available at 1.22.

Wayne Rooney has been the subject of much speculation lately. He looked good in midfield against Stoke, but his recent goalscoring record (he last found the net against Reading in March) will be a concern to a player of his ability. He has 12 goals this season - not bad given he's had injuries, but he'll definitely want to add a couple more before the campaign ends. You can back him to score at 2.25 against Villa.

There are rumours, though, that Sir Alex Ferguson could look to cash in on the 27-year-old this summer. Paris Saint-Germain are Rooney's most likely destination in my opinion: this is a club with pockets deep enough to afford the £30-40 million price tag. If you think Rooney fancies a change of scenery, you can back him to go to France at 3.00.

Meanwhile, Ashley Young will miss the game against his former club tonight - and probably the rest of the season - with an ankle injury. My old team-mate Paul Scholes is struggling with knee problems and also misses out, which is a shame because he is a master when it comes to taking care of business on the pitch and the young players will miss his influence.

Aston Villa are firing on all cylinders at the moment, and they need to be: they sit just three points clear of the relegation zone. I am a big fan of Christian Benteke, who has carried this young Villa team on his shoulders at points this season. The Belgian has scored in four of Villa’s last five league games and available at 3.80 to get on the scoresheet a Old Trafford evening.

Benteke’s strike partner, Gabriel Agbonlahor, has been in decent form himself. He missed the 1-1 draw with Fulham last week, but should be fit to start tonight. The Birmingham-born forward has been a good servant for Villa, and is priced at 17.00 to score the first goal.

Paul Lambert’s men have scored in every away game since an embarrassing 8-0 loss to Chelsea on 23 December. I think that run will continue, so I'll be backing both teams to score at 1.75, along with Benteke to find the net. There is also value to be had in backing Aston Villa with a two-goal handicap at 2.20.

Best bets
Both teams to score at 1.75
Christian Benteke to score at 3.80