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Sam Hendry with the weekend’s best football bets

Tottenham Hotspur vs Burnley – Saturday 3pm

After a brief honeymoon period, Jose Mourinho was given a swift reminder of the challenges he faces in north London after their midweek defeat to Manchester United.

Spurs looked devoid of ideas and were overrun in midfield by the unheralded duo of Scott McTominay and Fred.

A home tie with Burnley at least gives them a great chance of bouncing back with a win. The Clarets have only won one of their last 27 games against top-six opposition, losing 19 of those.

The highlight of Wednesday night’s game for Tottenham was another superb goal from Dele Alli, who is thriving since the change of management and a return to his best position as a shadow striker.

With Harry Kane prone to dropping deep and operating in a playmaker role at times, it often leaves Alli as the most advanced player. It’s a position that saw him bang in 18 goals in 2016/17 and he seems to be returning to that form.

Odds at bet365 of 7/1 for Alli to score first and 2/1 to score anytime look very enticing.

Manchester City vs Manchester United – Saturday 5.30pm

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are long odds outsiders for the latest Manchester derby, available as high as 8/1 to beat their city rivals.

Quite rightly too, given their dreadful away record. They’ve won only once in their last 11 league games away from Old Trafford and haven’t kept a clean sheet in 12.

United will be in a buoyant mood after beating Spurs midweek and City have shown a vulnerability not present in the past two seasons, but the sensible bet is still on a win for the home side.

Neither defence has been up to scratch in recent weeks so I’m expecting goals for both teams: City to win and BTTS is 13/8 at bet365.

Pep Guardiola is badly missing the departed Vincent Kompany and the injured Aymeric Laporte at the heart of his defence. Their lack of depth in that position could open the door for the in-form Marcus Rashford, who looks great value at 11/4 to score anytime at bet 365.

Aston Villa vs Leicester City – Sunday 2pm

Leicester have been terrifically consistent in racking up seven consecutive league wins to keep them in touch with leaders Liverpool, drawing parallels with their title winning campaign in 2016.

However, I do think there are signs that they are beginning to slow down and Aston Villa could take advantage of them this weekend.

The Foxes had to rely on a VAR-assisted 94th minute goal to beat Everton last week and were far from convincing in the midweek win over bottom of the table Watford. Their run will come to an end sooner rather than later and they can’t just rely on Jamie Vardy to score every single week.

Villa have had a very tough run of fixtures recently but have put up great fights before narrowly losing to Liverpool and Chelsea while also earning a point at Old Trafford.

Jack Grealish is in great form and I fancy Villa to cause an upset here. They are 16/5 to win or 10/11 double chance.

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