Saturday, December 21, 2019

Football betting tips TODAY: Premier League predictions with Man City vs Leicester before Watford vs Man Utd on Sunday – The Sun

PREMIER LEAGUE football comes thick and fast as the festive schedule kicks into gear.

We've got betting tips for you from four weekend games across the top-flight, including Arsenal's trip to Everton, Leicester's tussle with Man City and two huge matches on Super Sunday.

Man City vs Leicester, Saturday 5.30pm

IS this now simply the battle for second?

Leicester's relentless winning run was ended last week as Norwich came to the King Power and frustrated Brendan Rodgers' side in a 1-1 draw.

It still took them to 39 points from 17 games – a terrific return which is higher than at the same point in their title winning season.

Sadly for the Foxes, in 2015/16 there wasn't a machine-like Liverpool to deal with.

City got back in their groove at the Emirates last time out, dispatching Arsenal by half-time and then sauntering through the second period.

Leicester are ahead of City in the league, have the third best away record in the division and are up against a side winless in their last two home games.

So we're at a loss to explain the 13/2 you can get on a Leicester win on Saturday evening.

City have struggled all season against sides that come at them, looking to get in behind that high-line defence. Just take a look at the Norwich debacle.

And Leicester's No1 attacking style? Getting Jamie Vardy in behind a high line.

It's a recipe for disaster and Pep will have to get his leaky defence drilled if he's to stop this Foxes side from scoring – the last side to do that was Man Utd on September 14.

Don't you dare touch the 4/11 on City, who are no longer the banker bet of the weekend when playing at home.

That gives you a pitiful £3.60 profit from a tenner – who is risking you hard-earned to win that?!

Admittedly Leicester have lost comfortably on their last three visits here, but in that title-winning season – when they were in a groove similar to now – they held no fear.

As a result, they sauntered up to Eastlands and played City off the park, winning 3-1.

We're not suggesting that is definitely going to happen again, but the 2/1 double chance on a side unbeaten in ten games is simply too big to turn down.

That gets you £30 for your tenner if Leicester win or hold City to a draw. No brainer.

And if you are feeling nostalgic, having a quid on history to repeat itself and Leicester to win 3-1 is a whopping 55/1.

Vardy's incredible scoring streak was ended last week, but in a fixture which should suit him well we're all over the 13/8 on him to net anytime.

SunSport's best bets

Leicester draw or win: 2/1

Jamie Vardy to score once again: 13/8

Leicester to mirror title-winning season and win 3-1: 55/1

Watford vs Man Utd, Sunday 2pm

THERE were signs of life for the Hornets last weekend at Anfield.

Nigel Pearson only had a couple of days to work with his new side, but they were a team who looked free of the shackles and about to enter a new era.

If they're to avoid relegation there is still plenty of work to do at Vicarage Road.

But in going up to Anfield and putting in a stellar performance against the probable champions, they've at least brought back what many Watford fans thought had gone – hope.

For United, their topsy-turvy season continues to lurch from highs to lows.

After the ecstasy of a derby win in City's own backyard, they were limp against Everton and had to rely on a kid coming off the bench to steal a point.

We've told you all year not to back United on their travels – they've just two wins to their name and haven't kept an away clean-sheet this season.

And we don't think that streak ends here.

With Pearson whipping up the always vocal Vicarage Road crowd, this could be an uncomfortable afternoon for Ole's fragile side.

They do have a decent record here, but one thing this fixture always seems to produce is goals.

Since 2000 the teams have faced each other eight times on this ground – and every single meeting has produced three goals or more.

Get on the 3/4 for over 2.5 goals as a result, whilst we like the look of United winning at half time but failing to win the game.

They've proved to be fast starters in three of their last six away games, taking the lead into the break against City, Chelsea and Norwich.

But with Watford scrapping for their lives at the bottom, a play on that market nets you a massive 10/1. Hard to turn that down.

Gerard Deulofeu looked like a player who wanted to leave a fortnight ago – but his cameo at Anfield demonstrated that the player Barcelona thought they'd got all those years ago is still there somewhere.

In a game where we're backing the Hornets to score and he'll likely be on set-piece duty, he can grab a goal at 14/5.

SunSport's best bets

Both teams to score at Vicarage Road: 7/10

Man Utd to be winning at HT, but fail to win the game: 10/1

Gerard Deulofeu on the scoresheet at any time: 14/5

Spurs vs Chelsea, Sunday 4.30pm

WHAT has happened to Chelsea in the last few weeks?!

Four defeats in five Premier League games and the wheels are threatening to come off Super Frank's first season in charge.

Any coincidence the downturn in form has been centred around the news that the club's transfer ban has been lifted? Just me? Okay.

Away from Stamford Bridge this term you can pretty much guarantee a goal-fest, with 37 goals being scored at both ends in just EIGHT games.

But after back-to-back defeats on the road at City and then Everton, the Chelsea young guns are starting to feel the pinch.

They come to the shiny Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at just the wrong time.

Spurs' 2-1 stoppage time win at Wolves was token Jose Mourinho and he's starting to grind out the victories with four in their last five.

As a result, Tottenham can actually leapfrog Chelsea into the Champions League spots with three points here – that was unthinkable just a month ago.

History isn't exactly on the Blues' side either.

In their last seven visits to North London they've won just once, an early season 2017/18 victory when Spurs were forced to play at the soulless Wembley Stadium.

Tottenham have very much settled into their new ground and it feels like home.

So we're all over their chances of piling more misery on Lampard as Mourinho looks to get one over his former club.

You can get a whopping 27/20 on a Spurs win, which is more than generous for a side with third-best home record in the Premier League.

Like we mentioned earlier, we're expecting goals. And a lot of them.

Over 2.5 goals is 8/15 and for this fixture, we reckon that's overpriced.

Harry Kane found his groove against Burnley and now has 25 goals in 27 games for club and country this season.

He loves a London derby and we just can't understand how he's not an odds-on shot to score anytime.

Get on King Kane to do the business.

At 13/10 – remember this is to score at ANY time – that's our bet of the weekend right there.

SunSport's best bets

Over 2.5 goals in North London: 8/15

Spurs to beat Chelsea: 27/20

Harry Kane to score anytime: 13/10

*All odds correct at time of publication

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