Leicester City v Chelsea, 7:30AM Saturday 1st February
It’s third against fourth on Saturday lunchtime in the Premier League as Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City host Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
Rodgers will be hoping his side bounce back from their midweek Carabao Cup semi-final exit to Aston Villa, while Lampard’s team have won just one of their last three games – and that was at Hull City in the FA Cup.
It’s fair to say that both sides have been inconsistent of late, which makes this one difficult to predict. The hosts are +150 to prevail, while the Europa League champions are +170 to take the three points. We quite fancy a draw here, though, at around +265 with CanPlay.
Three of their last four league meetings have been stalemates and there doesn’t tend to be a whole host of goals either. They’ve managed a paltry three goals between them in those four matches and you’ve got to fancy Under 2.5 Goals here at +120. Add in a draw and it brings it up to an eminently backable +415.
This fixture at the King Power finished scoreless last season and it would be no surprise to see a repeat on Saturday at +1000. We’re opting for a 1-1 draw though, which both managers would probably be happy with, at +600.
Jamie Vardy has scored three of The Foxes’ last four goals against The Blues and the Premier League top scorer is +105 to add another or +320 to bag the opening goal.
Tottenham v Manchester City, 11:30AM Sunday 2nd February
Manchester City may have reached the Carabao Cup final on Wednesday but their semi-final second leg defeat to Manchester United marked their first loss in ten games.
Conversely, Tottenham have won only three of their last ten matches and come into this clash on Sunday as huge underdogs at +470 with CanPlay. Pep Guardiola’s side may be heavy favourites at -175 but haven’t had it all their own way against Spurs in recent years, despite winning their last two league games at Tottenham. They’ve lost three of their last ten meetings, drawing another two, and their Champions League exit to the Londoners last season will still rankle.
Guardiola and Jose Mourinho have had much more meaningful clashes over the years, with the former winning half of their twenty-two meetings. He should add another here. Their battles have averaged over three goals a game and, despite City hitting a rare blank midweek, we fancy a few goals again at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Both teams to score comes in at -170.
Over 2.5 Goals at -200, and both teams to score and Over 2.5 Goals at -120 don’t look too enticing at those odds but an away win and Over 3.5 Goals does look more attractive at +205 with CanPlay Sports.
He hasn’t been firing on all cylinders of late but Raheem Sterling has netted three goals in his last three games against Spurs. The England attacker is +130 to add to that total on Sunday and you can back him at +450 to break the deadlock.