Manchester United can book a place in the Europa League with an 8/5 win at Southampton, if Aston Villa beat Spurs at White Hart Lane and there’ll be one Red Devil in particular hoping to add some sparkle to a difficult season on the south coast.
It’s double/treble money time once again with bwin, which means you’ll get two or three times the odds if your first-scorer pick breaks the deadlock and goes on to bag a brace or a hat-trick.
With that in mind, fit-again hot-shot Robin van Persie – who grabbed his side’s last goal in the recent 3-1 win over Hull – looks a cracking price at 9/2 to open the scoring against the Saints.
The Dutch striker has bagged multiple-goal hauls five times for club and country this season.
Despite enduring a miserable season with injuries and making just 31 appearances for the Netherlands and United combined, the two-time Premier League top scorer has hit the back of the net an impressive 24 times.
Exactly half of those strikes have come in doubles and trebles, with his most recent hat-trick claimed in the 3-0 victory over Olympiakos in the home leg of United’s Champions League last-16 clash.
In each of those matches, the 30-year-old has opened the scoring before adding to his 90-minute tally.
Van Persie started his domestic campaign with successive braces, against Wigan in the Community Shield and on the opening day of the Premier League season at Swansea.
He opened the scoring in both of those games and went on to do the same against Andorra and Hungary for Holland, before firing home one and two more respectively.
With Wayne Rooney unlikely to return to the starting line-up after missing the last two games with a groin injury, Van Persie should be the main man at St Mary’s.
Rooney is rated a major doubt for this match after sitting out the 1-0 loss against Sunderland and the win over Hull in recent weeks.
That spells good news for Van Persie, who came off the bench in the second half of both of the aforementioned matches, scoring in the 86th minute of United’s last home game of the season against the Tigers.
Having not started a match since Olympiakos in mid-March – 11 games ago – the Brazil-bound hotshot will be more eager than most to get off the mark.