ALL EVEN AT THE KING POWER
Leicester play host to Chelsea this Saturday lunchtime and with both teams having their sights set on Champions League football next season, they each know that this game is going to be a difficult hurdle to clear and should either do so, then their top four chances will only be further solidified.
Obviously with these two sides facing off at the King Power, it means that at least one of them will drop points. However, what about the scenario where they cancel each other out and therefore both fail to earn a maximum return.
That will of course mean a draw in East Midlands and although this on paper does look like a game that leans towards plenty of goals, it does also mean that the curse of the Saturday lunchtime fixture is one that very much looms large.
Sometimes the early kick-off has the potential to stifle a performance or two and it must just be that particular hex which means that honours are even come the final whistle, while when you look at the odds attached to that outcome, it might be worth placing a quid or two on the draw.
That’s because should Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester and Frank Lampard’s Chelsea finish all square, the bookmakers are ready to cross your palms with odds of 3.75. A price that looks exceedingly good value.
Summary: Back the lunchtime draw
FOG ON THE TYNE CLEARS
When it comes to the football that Newcastle play under Steve Bruce, one must be honest and say that it is not necessarily the easiest on the eye. Then again, for where the Magpies find themselves in the league right now, their style is certainly working.
After somehow snatching a draw away at Everton – one that looked incredibly unlikely by the time the 93rd minute had come around, the Tyneside outfit will look to build on that performance by getting the better of Norwich.
The Canaries are rooted to the foot of the table and although they gave a decent showing against Tottenham a week ago, they still left North London empty handed and still struggling to score from open play.
Teemu Pukki has managed to find the net in the last two Norwich league outings, although they have come from a distance of twelve yards and if Daniel Farke’s men are to make an honest fist of staying up, then some more free and easy goals are going to have to appear.
Which if not found by the weekend should play into Newcastle’s hands and although this might not be the prettiest game of football to ever take place, it should steer the hosts even further clear of the drop zone at St James’ Park.
Summary: Back Newcastle to win this weekend at odds of 2.25
JOSE TO STIFLE PEP
Tottenham seem to be something of a draw specialist as of late and with Manchester City on the horizon this Sunday, that might not be the worst outcome to befit both Jose Mourinho and his players.
They go up against Manchester City and the last time these two sides met was back in August 2019, a game that was littered with another round of VAR controversy, while also seeing Mauricio Pochettino parading the Tottenham technical area.
A lot has changed since then, not only has Jose Mourinho been installed in the white half of North London but City’s tilt at a third straight Premier League has all but dissipated and because of that, they are not quite the beast they once were.
That’s not to say that this game will be a rollover for Spurs, anything but and when you consider the problems that they have both in attack and defence, they could be ripe for the taking by the likes of Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne.
Then again, this weekend’s hosts do have one positive to take as of late and that is the increasingly improving performances of Giovani Lo Celso and if the Argentine can turn it on this Sunday, Tottenham have a serious chance of getting a point.
Summary: Back Tottenham and Manchester City to play out a keenly contested draw at odds of 4.75