The top two in the league play this weekend in the Saturday lunchtime game at the Etihad, Manchester City hosting Leicester City

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Leicester +1 versus Manchester City 13/8 Bet365

Aston Villa and Norwich City to draw at 23/10 Sportingbet

West Ham +1 versus Southampton 13/10 Bet365

Manchester City v Leicester City

The top two in the league meet and both teams are in great form. City, with Aguero back and in goakl-scoring form, are unbeaten in seven games as they attempt to win a title in Pellegrini’s last season with the announcement that Gardiola is to take the manager’s chair from the end of this season. Leicester meanwhile have one loss in ten games and have only lost two league games all season on their way to 50 points and an incredible top of the table position.

Of course for Leicester this is a very tough game, but Manchester City will have to be a bit wary of the counter-attack and high press from the visitors, who play with such pace and in Vardy and Mahrez have two of the players of the season with a combined 30 goals and 11 assists in 24 games.

Odds for the game are one-sided with Man City 4/7, Leicester 11/2 and the Draw 100/30. I think this once again under-estimates Leicester and the price i like is on the handicap, Leicester +1 at 13/8 Bet365 which gives us the upset, the draw and a narrow loss working for us

Aston Villa v Norwich City

This is an absolutely crucial game at the bottom of the table. Villa remain marooned at the bottom despite some improved from after Christmas with a win and two draws before the early sending off of Jordan Ayew gave them little hop at West Ham on tuesday night.

Norwich meanwhile have slipped to the edge of the relegation zone with four successive league defeats. This despite considerable investment during the transfer window. The cause of the poor form is clear, mainly down to individual defensive erroras they have conceded 17 goals in the last four league games. Whether Villa, with only 18 lerague goals this season, can capitalise on this is another matter.

Villa are priced at 11/8, Norwich 2/1 and the draw the outsider at 23/10. In a key tense game like this is, would have the draw shorter.

Southampton v West Ham United

Thanks to the excellence of Fraser Forster Southampton continued their run of form with an away point against Arsenal in midweek and have risen to seventh in the table five points behind West Ham in 6th. Boosted by the return of Payet and his creativity West Ham have won four of their last six league games yet Suthampton are a very short-looking 8/11 in outright markets with West Ham 9/2. Again looking to the handicap markets West Ham +1 is available at odds-against 13/10 with Bet365

Recommendations

Leicester +1 versus Manchester City 13/8 Bet365

Aston Villa and Norwich City to draw at 23/10 Sportingbet

West Ham +1 versus Southampton 13/10 Bet365