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Sam Hendry Premier League betting preview – the best bets

Newcastle United vs Huddersfield Town – Saturday 3pm

This is a fantastic chance for Newcastle to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone, particularly after defeats for Fulham and Cardiff last night.

Huddersfield are 14 points adrift of safety and seem to have all but accepted their fate – their planning for life back in the Championship next season will have already started.

An escape from this situation with a 13 game winless run on their backs would surely go down as the Premier League’s greatest.

With fellow strugglers Southampton and Burnley facing Arsenal and Spurs respectively, anything other than three points will be seen as a huge missed opportunity on Tyneside.

Anyone hoping for a goal fest may be left disappointed in this meeting of the two lowest scoring teams in the division.

I expect Newcastle to do just enough to claim a precious three points and they are 12/5 (Ladbrokes/Corals) to win with under 2.5 goals.

Manchester United vs Liverpool – Sunday 2.05pm

United may be fourth, 14 points off the pace set by the leaders, but it’s still surprising to see them as clear underdogs as they host Liverpool in a match which could have major ramifications on the title race.

The city of Manchester finds itself in a strange truce with City eager to become the first team in a decade to retain the Premier League and United fans so desperate to prevent Liverpool winning a first league title since 1990 that they are siding with their nearest, if not greatest, rivals.

No team has picked up more points than the Red Devils since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December with Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba dismantling all domestic competition.

Virgil van Dijk is set to return to Jurgen Klopp’s starting line-up after missing out against Bayern Munich through suspension and he will be vital in trying to keep out United’s ruthless new attack.

The hosts will be happy to let Liverpool have most of the possession and wait to hit them on the counter and  United are  21/10 (Bet365 and Betfred)  for that game plan to work and claim a statement victory.

Chelsea vs Manchester City Carabao Cup Final – Sunday 4.30pm

Can Chelsea somehow bridge the gaping chasm that exists between these two teams after the 6-0 hammering inflicted on them by City two weeks ago?

The first trophy of the season – and Maurizio Sarri’s first ever trophy – is up for grabs if they can.

But Man City appear to be hitting top form at the right time and have won 13 of their last 14 games in all competition.

Not even a red card and some questionable penalty decisions could stop them earning a dramatic first leg win over Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday and with the unmatchable strength in depth at their disposal, a second League Cup win in a row seems a near certainty

No current player has scored more goals against the top six English teams than Sergio Aguero and, two weeks removed from his devastating hat-trick against the same opposition, he is 11/4 to inflict more pain on the boys in dark blue again and score first on Sunday. Man City to win at a -1 handicap is also worth a look at odds of 13/8 with Betfair

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