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Rupert Wyman 8th Dec 2008 - 10:43

Man Utd to bring home the bacon against the Danes

Defending champions Manchester United are already assured of their place in the next round but are still battling with Villarreal to determine who will go through as group winners.

Manchester Utd face Danish minnows AaB Aalborg at Old Trafford on Wednesday knowing that a win should mean that they will top the group. The two matches between United and Villarreal both ended goalless meaning that if both teams win their matches on Wednesday both will have 12 points and the group winner will be determined by goal difference.

Man Utd currently have a goal difference of +6 compared with Villarreal's +4 so barring a shock result at Old Trafford or a Villarreal annihilation of Celtic in Scotland then Man Utd should go through as group winners. The group betting prices reflect this as Man Utd are 1/14 to top the group with Villarreal at 13/2.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side are also rather predictably short-priced at 2/9 to beat Aalborg. A shock away win can be backed at a massive 9/1 and the draw is available at 19/5.

With Fergie no doubt wanting to ensure that his side progress as group winners to give them a greater chance of an easier draw in the next round then the prices for the draw and the away win may be big but are not worth contemplating seriously.

The wealth of attacking options at Man Utd would point to a comfortable victory for the Red Devils. Of course the most notable of these is the recently crowned European footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo but the rib injury sustained at the weekend may keep him out. Whether the Portuguese winger plays or not there are still the potent threats of Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney. On top of this Carlos Tevez, Nani and Ryan Giggs are all in reserve.

A 3-0 Man Utd win can be backed at 6/1 and this looks like a good value bet. 3-0 was the scoreline in the reverse fixture in Denmark as well as in Man Utd's home tie against Celtic.

For the goalscorers, depending on the line-up Fergie goes with, Ryan Giggs looks like a bit of value at 7/2 to score at anytime during the match as does Argentine striker Carlos Tevez at 6/5.

Tevez, if chosen for a rare start, would look to prove another point to his boss as he did last week when scoring four in Man Utd's 5-3 win against Blackburn in the Carling Cup.

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