Before the international break Robin van Persie was going through something of a drought.
The Netherlands international has become accustomed to scoring far more regularly and were it not for the fact that Manchester United are being allowed to pick up their 20th league title practically unchallenged, Van Persie’s form might have caused Sir Alex Ferguson more headaches than it has to date.
Thankfully for his manager, the striker scored in both of Holland’s World Cup qualifiers, bagging a double in the 4-0 win over Romania, and should return to Old Trafford in confident mood.
Prior to his current run of one goal in 10 games, he had scored in 11 of his previous 12 games. This could be the start of a similar run.
With that in mind, Paddy Power are offering money back on Monday’s FA Cup replay between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford - if Robin van Persie scores the last goal in regular time.
This offer applies to losing bets in the first and last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast markets.
The 29-year-old has scored in 19 separate Manchester United games this season. In those 19 games he has scored the last goal 10 times and six of those 10 have come after the 80th minute, so this money back special has a good chance of seeing losing punters have their stake returned.
Another 2-2 draw between the sides is priced at 9/1 (10.0) while a draw is priced at 12/5 (3.40). Eden Hazard came off the bench to spark a second half comeback for Rafael Benitez’s side and the in-form Belgium international is priced at 10/1 (11.0) to score first and 16/5 (4.20) to score anytime.
Robin van Persie has proved to be the difference maker in the Premier League on several occasions this season and at 9/2 (5.50) to score last he is the favourite to finish the scoring in this game.
The Champions League may be long gone, but a win for United at 7/4 (2.75) will put them one-step closer to a league and cup double.