JAMIE VARDY is the hottest striker in the Premier League – strange but true.
The Fox in the Box has netted in his last seven league matches and is 25-1 with bet365 to break the record of 10 held by Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Before he started his run against Bournemouth odds on the Leicester striker netting in 11 consecutive PL games would have been 45,370-1 according to bet365’s Steve Freeth.
West Brom will being their best to stop the England star who scored a vital injury-time winner on his last trip to The Hawthorns.
Vardy is 6-4 with bet365 to keep the run going and 8-1 to net two or more. And having been 500-1 for top scorer at the start of the season he is now 5-1 joint second favourite with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
Meanwhile, Alex Neil is suffering his first crisis at Norwich – in fact his first dilemma since becoming boss.
It’s been virtually pain free for the Scot first at Hamilton and then down south as he led to the Canaries to the Premier League.
His side made a decent start but already the knives are out after four successive defeats, including Tuesday’s Capital One Cup defeat to Everton on penalties.
The low was a 6-2 crushing at Newcastle and the way Norwich defended must ring alarms ahead of their visit to leaders Man City today. Even without the injured Sergio Aguero the Sky Blues are scoring for fun with 15 goals in their last three home outings.
Their 5-1 win against Crystal Palace was preceded by 5-1 and 6-1 hammerings of Crystal Palace and Newcastle. You have to fear the worst for a Norwich outfit who haven’t kept a clean sheet this season and who play too open.
They could score but it would be a maassive surprise if they conceded fewer than three. Man City will possibly be on every accumulator in the land at 2-7 with bet365 and BetVictor and look cracking value at 4-5 with Coral -1.
To be honest if you believe Norwich will suffer another doing you should consider low stakes on a number of handicap bets. For example -2AH pays 7-5 at McBookie – that returns stake if City win by two. A straight -2 punt pays 19-10 at McBookie while a riskier -3 is 9-2 at Coral.
All City’s big wins have been without keeping a clean sheet so also consider City and both teams to score at 7-4 with boylesports.
Both to score is 20-21 with the Irish firm and over 3.5 match goals pays 11-10 at bet365.
That’s a lot of goals but everything points to a big home win. It can’t be under 2.5 goals – if it is I’ll give one lucky reader my Clydebank season ticket (for one day at least).
My Bonkers Bet (it’s meant to be mad) is City 5, Norwich 1 at 33-1 with BetVictor.
Elsewhere in the Premier League the big lunchtime game sees Chelsea entertain Liverpool with the pressure piling on Jose Mourinho.
The Blues lie 15th but sit just three points behind Liverpool who have drawn three and won 1-0 against Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup under new boss Jurgen Klopp.
While it’s all about goals at the Etihad the focus could be on “gegenpresing” at Stamford Bridge. It’s the tactic favoured by the German and usually leads to tight, low-scoring games.
Mourinho can’t afford to lose here and all of Klopp’s games have been under 2.5 goals so a 0-0 or 1-1 draw has a chance. The stalemate pays 5-2 at bet365 while under 2.5 goals is 5-6 with Paddy Power.
West Ham have beaten Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City this season so it’s a surprise to see them underdogs for the trip to Watford.
The Hornets have fared better on the road – at home they’ve won one and scored one. West Ham have brilliant in spells but have played better against the bigger sides as we saw when they forced to battle back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at 10-man Sunderland.
However, they should be buzzing after seeing off Chelsea and look good at 2-1 with McBookie and Betfred. It’s so big you can have Slaven Bilic’s men at 11-10 with McBookie not to lose.
Vardy to score
Man City -2AH
(7-5, McBookie, BetVictor)
West Ham DNB