ONE of the most popular bets of the day could be Jamie Vardy to score for Leicester at Newcastle and equal Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of netting in 10 successive Premier League matches.
If he passes a fitness test and manages it he would be trying to pass the Dutch striker’s mark against the side he achieved it with … Man United. That would be some occasion with Vardy v De Gea an interesting sideshow.
Vardy missed England’s friendlies against Spain and France and while his groin injury has healed he may have to take a painkilling injection to numb his hip soreness.
That’s a concern but he’s been but he’s not a player who shirks a challenge and last season he took needles in his injured foot to help save the Foxes from the drop and is wearing a protective cast on his wrist after breaking two bones. Vardy is 6-4 to net with the likes of bet365 and McBookie.
For the game itself I’m on both to score at 8-15 with Ladbrokes as an improving Newcastle side should hit the target.
The Vardy exploits will divert attention from match of the day at the Etihad. Man City entertain Liverpool and there could be a return for Argentine superstar Sergio Aguero.
Liverpool, who may have Daniel Sturridge on the bench, have progressed under Jurgen Klopp but last time out suffered their first defeat under the German at home to Crystal Palace.
That was a disappointment after the win at Chelsea and I can see City edging this one especially of the likes of Aguero and David Silva start.
Man United can go top with a win at Watford in the lunchtime and should do so but don’t expect loads of goals from their weakened side. Louis van Gaal is more interested in stopping them and his side have netted just four in six games while Watford have conceded just four at Vicarage Road. I like under 2,5 goals but even under 1.5 has a chance at 2-1 with William Hill.
Chelsea are bigger than normal at 4-9 with William Hill for the visit of a promoted team. Norwich could score but I expect Jose Mourinho’s men to return to winning ways.
Everton v Aston Villa is surprisingly a match that throws up goals – 20 in the last five. The Toffees should win and added to over 3.5 goals pays 31-10 at boylesports.
Arsenal have a few players out at West Brom and boss Arsene Wenger must decide how many of his many Frenchmen to play after the international side looked out of sorts at Wembley on Tuesday in the aftermath of the Paris atrocities. The Gunners should win but 8-15 is too short for me.
In the Championship best bets could be leaders Hull at Bristol City in the lunchtime kick-off and I like Birmingham at home to Charlton.
Reading have been boosted by the news Steve Clarke is staying and not heading to Fulham so the players should celebrate by beating struggling Bolton at home.
Gary Caldwell’s Wigan are on their best run since 2004 – 10 games unbeaten – and are 7-10 at Ladbrokes to sink Shrewsbury in League Two. And I like improving Southend to add to Blackpool’s misery.
In League Two I’m on Derek Adams’s Plymouth at home to Exeter in the Devon derby although the home men are still missing top scorer Reuben Reid. I also like Accrington at Cambridge and in the National League look out for Cheltenham at home to Forest Green and Lincoln at injury-hit Torquay.
Bets to Consider
Vardy to score
Watford v Man Utd under 1.5 goals
Everton & over 3.5 match goals
Man City v Liverpool both to score