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Sam Hendry with the best of the weekend’s football bets

Leicester City vs Southampton – Saturday 3pm

Leicester’s record breaking 9-0 destruction at St Mary’s earlier this season will still be fresh in Southampton minds as they prepare for a rematch this afternoon.

A night that could have easily resulted in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s sacking has instead served as a cathartic moment and the spark for a revival in the Saints’ fortunes.

Since that defeat they have the third best defensive record in the league and are fourth in the form table over the last five games.

Leicester, meanwhile, really struggled to break down Aston Villa in their 1-1 draw in the League Cup on Wednesday night and if Southampton adopt a similar set up then it could turn into a difficult afternoon for Brendan Rodgers.

At the odds of available, I think 3/1 for the draw looks a decent punt while it’s 15/2 for the game to finish 1-1.

Manchester United vs Norwich City – Saturday 3pm

Another potential upset worth keeping an eye on could come at Old Trafford, where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Man United side have been enduring a torrid ten days.

A dour goalless draw with Wolves in the FA Cup sandwiched two comprehensive defeats to Arsenal and Manchester City.

A defensive injury crisis has forced them into recalling Cameron Borthwick-Jackson from his loan spell at Tranmere to provide cover amid growing pressure from the supporters on the board and management for the way the club is operating.

Norwich are still bottom, seven points adrift of safety and need results soon if they are to avoid being relegated straight back to the Championship.

They picked up a confidence-boosting win in the FA Cup last week and have tightened up defensively compared to how they were playing at the start of the season.

The injured Teemu Pukki will be a huge miss, but I am still tempted by odds of 9/2 for draw or Norwich given United’s struggles against bottom half teams of late.

Aston Villa vs Manchester City – Sunday 4.30pm

Pep Guardiola’s side were at their fluent best as they picked apart Man United on Tuesday and a repeat of that performance should see them ease to a win at Villa Park.

Villa adapted well to their striker shortage by fielding Jack Grealish as a false nine against Leicester and they could trouble City’s leaky defence.

But they have also conceded the most shots of any team in the league and are without first-choice goalkeeper Tom Heaton for the rest of the season.

It seems nigh on impossible that they’ll be able to keep out City’s vibrant attack and this game should produce plenty of goals.

Kevin De Bruyne has been in fantastic form all season and is 6/4 to score anytime while it’s 6/5 for City to win and both teams to score.

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