With the heat at both ends of the Premier League Table turned to full-blast, title-chasing Leicester and Spurs respectively play host to Swansea and West Brom this weekend. At the other end of the table, Newcastle must travel to Liverpool and Sunderland must face Arsenal. Meanwhile poor Norwich, who are without a game this weekend, must simply sit and pray that results fall their way.
Liverpool vs Newcastle (Saturday 3pm)
Newcastle will be desperate to get something from this game in their bid to survive, but the question is whether desperate will be enough to get something against a Liverpool side that have dominated this fixture in recent years with 4 wins and a draw in the last 5 renewals. Liverpool have also handed out a couple of smackings, Everton 4-0 and Stoke 4-1, in their last 2 home games, and will be confident of registering another victory against a Newcastle team who have lost their last 9 Premier League away games. However, Newcastle will draw some confidence from the fact they beat Liverpool 2-0 earlier in the season, and have picked-up 4 points from their last 2 games. Liverpool should win, but the 10/3 for a draw just might be a touch of value.
Draw @ 10/3 (Various Bookies)
Sunderland vs Arsenal (Sunday 2.05pm)
Both teams have much to play for with Sunderland now having a genuine chance of surviving the dreaded drop, and Arsenal desperate to stay ahead of Manchester United in the race for the fourth Champions League spot. However, it will be Arsenal who will be fancying their chances of aiding their cause, as they’ve won the last four renewals of this fixture, though have only taken 2 points from their last possible 12 on the road. Meanwhile, Sunderland have also drawn 2 of their last 4 games, winning one and losing one of the other two, and maybe able to hang on for another draw.
Draw @ 29/10 (BetVictor)
Leicester vs Swansea (Sunday 4.15pm)
The doomsayers may have reacted a little too quickly after Leicester’s home draw against a West Ham side who have taken plenty of points off big clubs on their travels this season. Leicester had won 5 on the bounce before that, and they can get back on track against a Swansea side who have taken just 1 point from their last 3 away games, and haven’t got anything to play for.
Leicester @ 4/5 (Betfred)
Spurs vs West Brom (Monday 8pm)
I thought quotes of 1/4 were a thing of the past in the Premier League these days and, though Spurs could easily thump West Brom, the Baggies have won 1 and drawn 2 of their last 3 visits to White Hart Lane. They’ve also drawn 2 and won 1 of their last 5 Premier League away games, and might just put up a sterner resistance than the bookies think they will.
Draw @ 11/2 (Betfred)