Something for the weekend
Matt Briggs picks out the early value on this weekend's coupon and fancies the Saints to get the better of the Red Devils.
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Southampton v Manchester United
Ryan Giggs is no magician - that was evident after Manchester United's 1-0 home defeat to lowly Sunderland over the weekend and they look ripe for another defeat at Southampton on the final day.
After Giggs masterminded the 4-0 win over doomed Norwich there was a feeling among the uninformed that the fallen champions were back in business, but that was quickly dispelled with another Old Trafford horror show and Saints can pile on the woe at St Mary's.
The hosts are priced up at a tasty-looking 9/5 for the win to wrap up a pretty impressive debut season for Mauricio Pochettino. He may well go on to bigger and better things courtesy of his St Mary's efforts and he will certainly have no fear of United side who have done pretty well on their travels, despite their woeful season.
Strangely no side has won more times on the road than United, but don't let that sway your thinking, because the more telling stat is the one against the better teams. United have won only three times against teams in the top half of the table and that should be enough for Saints to be rubbing their hands together.
Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie both missed the defeat by the Black Cats and if both are missing again on Sunday you might well see some money for the hosts, who have won eight of their 18 home games.
Their recent home win over Everton and win at Swansea showed they have not got their flip flops on just yet and they look a good bet to bring the curtain down on the season with three straight wins and delay Giggs' move into full-time management.
Tottenham v Aston Villa
I cannot allow the final day of the season to pass without another punt on 13/2 shots Aston Villa.
Regular readers of the column know I've churned out their stats away from home on numerous occasions, but their 31% win ratio away from Villa Park since 2008 is still something to crow about.
With that in mind, and considering their price at Tottenham, they look worth an interest to cap another poor season with a victory.
Their crucial win over Hull and Norwich's failure to beat Chelsea confirmed their place in the top flight for next season and they should arrive at White Hart Lane in good spirits and could well provide dangerous opposition.
They have won four times away from Villa Park this term and while that might not seem too impressive they are predictably unpredictable and worth chancing at a big price.
Tottenham meanwhile, have seen their season turn sour and Tim Sherwood is not exactly a fans' favourite at the Lane. The 2-0 defeat by West Ham last time out was a dreadful result and whether Sherwood can motivate his team for the finale is debatable.
They have lost five times on home soil and anyone taking the 4/9 available on the hosts needs an appointment with a shrink. They look far too short and could well be due another wobble with sixth-place almost assured.