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On fire Sam Hendry with this weekend’s best football bets

Watford vs Tottenham Hotspur – Saturday 12.30pm

Watford made it six games without defeat last week to finally climb out of the relegation zone and that solid form could see them spring a surprise on Spurs.

After a positive start to life in north London, Jose Mourinho has found the going tougher in the last month.

They could only manage one point from two games against Norwich and Southampton and needed a replay to squeeze past Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.

Harry Kane’s injury hasn’t helped matters and his absence appears to have had a negative effect on Dele Alli whose own performances have nosedived recently.

The fabled ‘new manager bounce’ has been in full swing for Hornets boss Nigel Pearson and he can continue to ride that high with a win here at odds of 21/10. A final score line of 1-0 Watford is 11/1.

Southampton vs Wolves – Saturday 3pm

Saints continued their fantastic form with a thoroughly deserved victory over high-flying Leicester City last week and could make it a difficult afternoon for a weakened Wolves.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad is stretched to the limit with only 13 fit senior players available for their midweek defeat to Manchester United in their FA Cup replay.

The sheer volume of games they have played this season appears to be catching up with them as they faded badly in that second half at Old Trafford.

Southampton – and Danny Ings in particular – have been flying though, and Ralph Hasenhuttl deserves tremendous credit for turning around a season which seemed to be heading towards relegation after a terrible first three months.

They are worth backing at odds of 27/20 to win and it’s impossible to ignore Ings’ deadly form having scored 10 times in his last 11. He is 15/4 to break the deadlock.

Liverpool vs Manchester United – Sunday 4.30pm

United are the only team to have taken points off Liverpool in the league this season, but the chances of them repeating that on Sunday appear remote.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are simply relentless. Unbeaten for over a year now in the league, they have racked up win after win and are just as capable of spectacularly blowing someone away as they are of grinding out a 1-0 win such as the one at Spurs last week.

United’s slim hopes may rest on the fitness of Marcus Rashford who lasted barely 15 minutes against Wolves midweek and faces a race to be fit for Anfield.

Even if he makes it, I still think the task at hand is too difficult. However, matches between these typically haven’t produced many goals of late so it could be a tight game before Liverpool inevitably break United down.

The Reds have kept six clean sheets in a row and it’s 5/4 for them to win to nil and 13/5 for a Liverpool win and under 2.5 goals.

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