IF Jamie Vardy’s rags-to-riches story can be made into a book there should be a play written about Leicester’s revival under Craig Shakespeare.
Even Shakespeare himself would struggle to explain the turnaround since Claudio Ranieri was axed – and there will be a happy ending to the Foxes season.
Relegation is no longer an issue and I’m sure Atletico Madrid will be given a decent workout in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Shakespeare has won four in a row, scoring 11 goals, and it should be five when Stoke come calling today.
A home win pays a best 11-10 at bet365 and I’ll be looking to Jamie Vardy to score at 13-8 with Paddy Power. He netted for England against Lithuania last weekend and under Shakespeare has motched three times.
Chelsea should continue their stroll to the title with a home win against Crystal Palace but it pays no bigger than 3-10 at bet365.
That’s one for the accumulators and another striker on target for his country last week was Diego Costa. Back him to net again at 7-9 at 888sport
Today’s big game is Liverpool v Everton and the Toffees will be looking to address a poor recent record derby record.
They haven’t won in 13 meetings and while Ronald Koeman’s side are hot at home they’ve won two out of 12 on the road.
Liverpool lift if for big games and have crashed once in 22 games to top-seven sides at Anfield. So while Jurgen Klopp’s men should edge it at 8-11 with McBookie I’d rather back both to score at 14-19 with 188BET.
If the Toffees are to net it’s likely to come from Romelu Lukaku who has hit nine in six games and was on traget for Belgium against Greece at the weekend. Best bet for Liverpool is Sadio Mane to net at 7-4 with 888sport.
Burnley v Spurs is an interesting one. Spurs are short-priced 8-11 favourites at McBookie against a side who have taken 29 of their 32 points at Turf Moor.
Man United should beat West Brom but without Zlatan Ibrahimovic I’m not sure I want to back them at 2-5 with Stan James.
In the Championship it’s tempting to back homes for Newcastle, Brighton and Huddersfield. The top three have suffered their share of setbacks recently but all are at home to lowly rivals.
Brighton have the toughest test against Tony Mowbray’s revived Blackburn but Newcastle and Huddersfield should beat Wigan and Burton respectively by at least two. A homes treble pays 11-4 at bet365 and will be popular.
Best bets in League One are Bolton – five wins in a row – at home to Chesterfield and in League Two back Notts County at a big price against Colchester.
County have won four out of six under new boss Dave Nugent and can beat a side with two wins in nine. Biggest price is 8-5 at Betfred.
Bets to Consider
Vardy to score
Costa to score
Burnley not to lose
Liverpool v Everton btts
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