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De Bruyne to show Chelsea what they're missing: PL bets to consider this weekend

We’ve also backed Leicester City to pick up another victory and a draw for Liverpool and Bournemouth.

Man Cit's Kevin de Bruyne.
Man Cit's Kevin de Bruyne.
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1. Leicester to win and both teams to score (11/4)

AS THE FAIRYTALE has edged closer to becoming a reality, Leicester City have become the masters of grinding out results.

The Premier League leaders, who hold a seven-point advantage over Tottenham with just five games remaining, kept a fifth clean sheet in a row when Jamie Vardy’s double earned them a 2-0 win over Sunderland last weekend.

West Ham will be aiming to be the first team to score against the Foxes since 1 March when they visit the King Power Stadium on Sunday. The reverse fixture ended in a 2-1 win to Claudio Ranieri’s men back in August and we envisage a similar scoreline.

2. Double: Everton v Southampton (6/4) and Norwich v Sunderland (9/4) to end in draws

Everton’s home form has been a major issue this season as they have only managed to pick up 16 points from a possible 48 at Goodison Park.

The Toffees, sitting 12th in the table, have drawn their last two games (against Watford and Crystal Palace) and have some work to do to get anything out of a Southampton side buoyed by their 3-1 victory over Newcastle last Saturday.

Over at Carrow Road, there’s a relegation six-pointer with Sunderland aiming to close the four-point gap on Norwich and pull themselves out of the drop zone. Both clubs come into a crucial fixture on the back of defeats and a share of the spoils could be on the cards.

3. Kevin de Bruyne to score anytime against Chelsea (13/5)

Kevin de Bruyne made just nine appearances in two years for Chelsea before he was shipped off to Wolfsburg by Jose Mourinho in 2012.

The Belgian has most definitely proved the former Blues boss wrong since returning to English football with Manchester City. De Bruyne’s eye for a goal and knack of creating assists mean he would walk into just about any Premier League team.

Sunday sees him return to Stamford Bridge with City and, just like international team-mate Romelu Lukaku did last month, he could come back to haunt his former employers.

4. Home wins: Man United v Aston Villa (2/9) and Arsenal v Crystal Palace (1/3)

With 15 points between them and safety, Aston Villa are dead and buried at this stage. Varetaker boss Eric Black will look to limit the damage when they travel on Old Trafford for a clash with Manchester United on Saturday afternoon.

United have blown hot and cold all season but did book their place in the last four of the FA Cup in midweek thanks to a 2-1 win away to West Ham.

Meanwhile, third-placed Arsenal host fellow Londoners Crystal Palace on Sunday. Palace aren’t mathematically safe after a really poor second half to the campaign but they picked up a point against Everton on Wednesday.

Alan Pardew’s men should do just about enough to steer clear of the bottom three but we don’t expect them to get anything from the Gunners.

5. Liverpool and Bournemouth to draw (5/2)

The manner in which Liverpool battled back to win their Europa League quarter-final tie against Borussia Dortmund appears to have reinvigorated the club and its fans.

Even for a neutral, the scenes at Anfield on Thursday night were something special and reminded many of us why we love football.

Although the game didn’t go to extra-time, it is likely to have taken a lot out of the players. The Reds are away to mid-table Bournemouth on Sunday and don’t be surprised if they drop a couple of points.

Originally published on Friday at 16.44

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