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Vardy to prove the hero in Foxes' great escape and 5 Premier League bets to consider

We’re also backing Chelsea to clinch the title and plenty of goals in Spurs v Man City.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Burnley v Leicester City - Turf Moor Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. Source: Lynne Cameron

Leicester to win (v Newcastle) and Jamie Vardy to score anytime (16/5)

BEFORE THEIR 3-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea on Wednesday evening, Leicester City had strung five consecutive wins together to lift themselves above the relegation zone. Foxes manager Nigel Pearson may have been distracted in recent days after his ‘ostrich’ jibe at a journalist, but they should get back to winning ways against a Newcastle on a seven-match losing streak.

Jamie Vardy has been terrific recently for Leicester, with three goals in the past month, and the former Fleetwood Town man could well notch in Saturday’s early fixture.

Treble – Liverpool v QPR (4/1), West Ham v  Burnley (12/5) and Swansea v Stoke (11/5) all draws

Liverpool’s poor run continued on Tuesday with a 1-0 loss to Hull, while QPR have picked up five points from their last four outings and were unlucky to lose to Chelsea after conceding late on. The Rs, four points off safety in 19th, are in real danger of going down and badly need to pick up points at Anfield.

Another club facing the drop, bottom-placed Burnley, will look at their trip to Upton Park as a decent opportunity to get a results as the Hammers players already appear to be on the beach.

We’re also going for mid-table pair Swansea and Stoke to cancel each other out.

Saido Berahino to score first v Manchester United (10/1)

Manchester United may very well get back to winning ways on Saturday evening after back-to-back defeats to Chelsea and Everton, but Tony Pulis’ side, led by former United player Darren Fletcher, won’t make it easy for them.

Saido Berahino is the Baggies’ top scorer but the English striker has been unable to find the back of the net since 3 March. He did score in the 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns when these two last met back in October, however.

Over 3.5 goals in Tottenham v Manchester City (11/8)

The scorelines from the past four encounters involving Spurs and Man City reads: 4-1, 5-1, 6-0, 3-1. Last season’s Premier League champions were victorious in all but one of those games, but one thing it suggests is that there will be goals on Sunday — as does the fact that both clubs have scored five goals in their last two matches

Double –  Chelsea (v Crystal Palace) (1/3) and Arsenal -1 (v Hull) (15/8) to win

13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, Chelsea can clinch their first title in  five years this weekend. Despite being criticised for their ‘boring’ style, they will be worthy champions. Sunday’s opponents are Palace, who have lost to both West Brom and Hull in recent weeks.

The Tigers, meanwhile, are up to 15th thanks to that win and the one over Liverpool on Tuesday but Arsenal are a different proposition altogether, as Steve Bruce will be aware.

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