AT the start of the season Leicester v Norwich would have been regarded as a relegation six-pointer.
It’s still a huge game today but the teams need the points for different reasons. Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester simply won’t go away and as we head into March they remain top of the Premier League.
Arsenal’s last-gasp winner in their previous outing was a blow but the Foxes will expect to bounce back against a Norwich side only above the bottom three on goal difference.
Alex Neil’s men can’t stop conceding goals – 18 in six games – and the likes of James Vardy and Riyad Mahrez must be rubbing their hands at the prospect of facing one of the Premier League’s leakiest defence.
The Canaries have conceded 50 goals and Leicester should be looking to net twice in a home win. They are a best 11-20 at boylesports and a better price of 8-13 to score 2+ goals.
In fact the way Norwich defend we can be looking at 3+ at 15-8 with McBookie. Neil’s men have lost their last three away to Villa (2-0), Spurs (3-0) and Bournemouth (3-0) but they usually create chances.
Stoke are possibly the league’s most inconsistent side this season but they were good at Bournemouth last week, winning 3-1. Villa are their visitors today and it’s difficult to see past a home win at 7-10 with sportingbet.
West Brom were so bad against Reading last week that skipper James Brunt was hit by a coin thrown by one of his own fans. Not sure fans will be any happier today when Crystal Palace visit.
Alan Pardew’s side ended a barren run with victory at Spurs and can follow up with another here at a nice price of 19-10 with McBookie.
Biggest game of the day is Southampton v Chelsea and this time Fraser Forster can be beaten – with a little help from ex-Celtic team-mate Victor Wanyama.
Saints haven’t conceded in 524 minutes but will miss banned midfield enforced Wanyama and a Chelsea side in better form can at least score. That pays 4-11 at Coral while the Blues are 1-2 at Skybet not to lose.
In the Championship I like Burnley at derby rivals Bolton and Reading at basement boys Charlton.
Awayday experts Millwall (7-5, Betfred) look best bets in League One at Doncaster and League Two leaders Northampton are a biggest 10-11 with William Hill as they go for 11 wins in a row at Hartlepool.
Bets to Consider
Leicester to score 3+
Payet to score