United's midfield could provide the goals against Villa

United have such a dominance in this fixture - winning the last 10 - that it is hard to see past a routine home win. Admittedly United are likely to rest some stars ahead of the resumption of the Champions' League next week, and that could suggest complacency in the champion's ranks.  But surely even if four or five stars are rested it will be enough to see off a Villa side that is badly in need of reinforcements and looks short of energy at this late stage of the season. Ferguson may utilize his strong squad, but O'Neill has no such luxury; if O'Neill gets a result it will be an equal shock to that that his Leicester side got here over a decade ago.

Manchester United (1) vs Aston Villa (7), KO 17:15

Predictions
Paul Grech: Home banker
Colin Illingworth: Home
Antony Melvin: Home
Stephen Orford: Home

All today's predictions

Spread Betting
United have been backed down to silly odds here, the only real value is in the player goal minutes market.  I'm not convinced how much game time that Rooney and Ronaldo will get so the goals could well come from midfield; Hargreaves may get a shot or two from free-kicks and Anderson and Scholes are due a goal.  A blanket punt on a midfield goal could well be profitable.

Scholes Goal Minutes sell 6, buy 9 

Example: 5pt buy Scholes goal minutes at 9
No goals: you lose 45pts
Scholes scores after 45 minutes: You win 180pts
Scholes scores after 30 and 60 minutes: You win 405pts
Scholes scores after 30, 60 and 90 minutes: You win 855pts
and so on

Anderson Goal Minutes sell 3, buy 6

Example: 5pt buy Anderson goal minutes at 6
No goals: you lose 30pts
Anderson scores after 45 minutes: You win 195pts
Anderson scores after 30 and 60 minutes: You win 420pts
Anderson scores after 30, 60 and 90 minutes: You win 870pts
and so on

Hargreaves Goal Minutes sell 2, buy 4

Example: 5pt buy Hargreaves goal minutes at 4
No goals: you lose 20pts
Hargreaves scores after 45 minutes: You win 205pts
Hargreaves scores after 30 and 60 minutes: You win 430pts
Hargreaves scores after 30, 60 and 90 minutes: You win 880pts
and so on

Backing all three to score is the equivalent to a buy at 19

Example: 5pt buy All three goal minutes at 19
No goals: you lose 95pts
Any of three scores after 45 minutes: You win 130pts
Any of three scoresafter 30 and 60 minutes: You win 355pts
Any of three scores after 30, 60 and 90 minutes: You win 805pts
and so on

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I'm not convinced how much game time that Rooney and Ronaldo will get so the goals could well come from midfield"


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