Leicester City versus Southampton, Sunday, April 3
Premier League football returns this weekend with Leicester City looking to consolidate their five-point lead at the top of table against Southampton at the King Power Stadium on Sunday. Second-placed Spurs can keep the pressure on the Foxes by beating Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening, but Claudio Ranieri’s side have won four and drawn two of their last six Premier League matches at home and are justifiably 6/5 favourites to add another three points to their total for the season.
Saints’ recent away record is far from shabby, with wins against Stoke, Swansea and Manchester United and a draw against Arsenal in their last six matches on the road. However, they had their limitations exposed against Bournemouth and Norwich and, on the whole, have struggled to score goals away from home.
The Foxes have won 13 games this season by a single goal, more than any other team in the Premier League, and Jamie Vardy has scored 19 goals, more than anyone else bar England colleague Harry Kane. In search of a little value, let’s try a scorecast on Jamie Vardy to scored the first goal and Leicester City to win 1-0 at 21/1 with Betvictor.
Selection: Scorecast Jamie Vardy/Leicester City 1-0 (21/1 with Betvictor)
Manchester City versus Manchester United, Sunday, March 20
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri may insist that the Premier League title race is not a straight fight between his side and Tottenham Hotspur but, realistically, the title has gone beyond recall for both Manchester clubs. The Sky Blues trail the Foxes by 12 points and the Red Devils are a further four points behind and, even with a game in hand apiece, will require divine intervention to bridge the gap with just nine Premier League fixtures remaining.
Nevertheless, there’s still the small matter of UEFA Champions League qualification to be decided and Manuel Pelligrini will be keen to increase his side’s advantage over their fiercest rivals, if only for the benefit of the incoming Pep Guardiola. A lacklustre 0-0 with struggling Norwich City at Carrow Road on their last Premier League outing hardly inspires confidence in the Sky Blues, though.
The Red Devils, on the other hand, can point to the dismissal of Juan Mata after 26 minutes as the cause of their 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on their last Premier League outing, but they were diabolical against Liverpool at Anfield in the Europa League and lucky to escape with a draw against West Ham at Old Trafford in the F.A. Cup last Sunday. Louis van Gaal will probably be happy not to lose at the Ehtihad Stadium, so let’s try a bore draw at 10/1 with Bet365.
Selection: 0-0 Draw (10/1 with Bet365)
Leicester City versus Newcastle United, Monday, March 14
A return of £72,000 for an outlay of £50 isn’t to be sneezed at under any circumstances, but the anonymous Warwickshire man who cashed out his 5,000/1 bet on Leicester City to win the Premier League on Saturday must be kicking himself after the Foxes’ 1-0 win at Vicarage Road later in the day.
The dream of a first ever Premier League title is very much still alive for Claudio Ranieri’s side, which sits top of the table, five points clear of nearest rivals Tottenham Hotspur, with nine games of the season remaining. Next up for the Foxes are 19th placed Newcastle United and their beleaguered manager Steve McClaren – assuming the former England boss is still in charge – at the King Power Stadium next Monday.
With or without McClaren, the Magpies, who lost the reverse fixture 3-0 in November, look well and truly up against it. The 3-1 defeat against Bournemouth at St. James’s Park last Saturday was their fifth in six games and, while the Foxes are 5/4 to win the Premier League title, the Toon are 8/13 to be playing Championship football next season.
Under the circumstances, a repeat of November’s result wouldn’t be entirely out of the question, so let’s push the boat out a little and try Leicester City to win 3-0 at 13/1 with BetVictor.
Selection: Leicester City to win 3-0 (13/1 with BetVictor)