West Ham United versus Tottenham Hotspur, Wednesday, March 2
West Ham haven’t been beaten at home in the Premier League since going down 4-3 to Bournemouth in August, but Slaven Bilic will be thankful for the return of Dimitri Payet, who was absent when his side was beaten 4-1 in the return fixture at White Hart Lane in November. Despite an ankle injury, Payet has scored eight goals in 25 games, while another summer acquisition, Michail Antonio, has scored 5 goals in 15 appearances for the Hammers, who currently lie fifth in the Premier League table, on 43 points.
Spurs lie second, on 51 points, with a game in hand of leaders Leicester City and, after battling back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 against Swansea at White Hart Lane on Saturday, manager Mauricio Pochettino will be keen to keep the pressure on the Foxes. However, England striker Harry Kane currently has a broken nose and played in a face mask against the Swans, while influential midfielder Dele Alli turned an ankle in the warm-up, so there might just be a chink of light for the Hammers.
For all their injury worries, there was no questioning Spurs’ superiority over Swansea so, while it may not be all one-way traffic against the Hammers, let’s go for both teams to score and Tottenham to win at 16/5 with Coral or William Hill.
Selection: Both teams to score and Tottenham to win (16/5 with Coral or William Hill).
Leicester City versus Norwich City, Saturday, February 27
Plenty of column inches have been devoted to Leicester City and Claudio Ranieri this season and rightly so. The erstwhile ‘Tinkerman’ and his side continue to defy expectations by hanging on to a lead, albeit narrow, at the top of the Premier League. The 2-1 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on St. Valentine’s Day may have temporarily halted their momentum, but they lost little caste in defeat, finally succumbing to an injury time goal after playing the last 36 minutes with ten men.
With Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham in action in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in midweek, the Foxes have a chance to steal a march on their rivals and consolidate their position at the top of the Premier League by beating Norwich at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Norwich currently lie 17th in the Premium League, on the same points as 18th placed Newcastle, but with a marginally superior goal difference. Since a shock victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in December, the Canaries have lost all four away matches in the Premier League, conceding 11 goals and scoring just one.
A routine home win appears to be the most likely result, but 4/7 about the Foxes is unappealing so, granted the Canaries goal drought away from home, let’s try Leicester City to win 2-0 at 8/1 with BetVictor.
Selection: Leicester City to win 2-0 (8/1 with BetVictor)
Manchester City versus Tottenham, Sunday, February 14
Manchester City boss Manuel Pelligrini may have played down the importance of last Saturday’s Premier League match with Leicester, but a convincing 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium moved the Foxes five points clear at the top of the table and shifted the emphasis onto the St. Valentine’s Day clash with Tottenham.
Pellegrini will certainly be hoping to avoid a repeat of the 4-1 thrashing that Spurs metered out to his side in the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane in September and can take comfort from the fact that, aside from Leicester, only Liverpool and West Ham have beaten the Sky Blues at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League this season.
That said, Spurs are on a run of 11 games unbeaten away from home in the Premier League and currently lie second in the table, five points behind the Foxes and one point ahead of the Sky Blues. The form of England striker Harry Kane and midfielder Dele Alli has made the difference for Mauricio Pochettino’s side in his recent weeks and could do so again at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Tottenham make no little appeal at the 13/5 generally available, but let’s try a sporting wager on both teams to score and Tottenham to win at 5/1 with Bet365.
Selection: Both teams to score and Tottenham to win (5/1 with Bet365)