Sam Hendry with the weekend’s best football bets

Brighton vs Liverpool

Liverpool have lost their last two but that won’t be a concern to Jurgen Klopp given he fielded a much-changed side in their 2-1 defeat to Wolves in the FA Cup. Secretly the German will surely be quite pleased not to have the distraction of another cup competition while they fight for a first league title in nearly 30 years

Before that they performed well when losing to Manchester City in a game that could have swung either way and I fully expect them to bounce back with a win today.

Brighton have an excellent record at the Amex Stadium, though, and they aren’t about to roll over and allow Liverpool an easy three points.

Chris Hughton’s side can find encouragement from their visitor’s problems in central defence where last week’s injury to Dejan Lovren has left them short of options with Fabinho set to deputise there again.

Liverpool to win and both teams to score at odds of 11/5 with BetfairSport and Ladbrokes is what I’m going with in this one.

Leicester City vs Southampton

Southampton have shown definite signs of improvement since the appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl in December, but their injury and suspension troubles could cost them at the King Power Stadium.

They’ve only taken one point from their last three and are without the injured Danny Ings, Ryan Bertrand and Michael Obafemi while Charlie Austin and key midfielder Pierre Emile Hojbjerg are banned.

That could leave the door open for Leicester to grab a much-needed win for Claude Puel.

The Frenchman has bene under fire this week for his decision to play a weakened side against Newport County in the FA Cup last week, a game they promptly lost

The players he picked should still have been able to get the job done against a League Two team, but the fact he didn’t give higher priority to the FA Cup when they are safe from relegation and have no chance of breaking the top six has irked some fans.

It might not be pretty, but Leicester should just sneak the three points and a 1-0 win for the Foxes is 6/1 with Bet365.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

Sunday’s big game comes from Wembley where Ole Gunner Solskjaer faces his first big test as United manager.

A kind fixture list has helped him ease into life in the United hotseat and they have negotiated those games much more impressively than they had been doing previously.

United’s attack may have found its groove in recent weeks, but their defence remains a time bomb liable to self-combust at any time.

Shock defeat to Wolves notwithstanding, Spurs have been in tremendous form lately and are scoring goals for fun.

Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen have been sharing the goals between them leaving Dele Alli out of the picture somewhat.

Bu Alli has a habit of scoring in big games for Spurs and he is 9/1 with BetVictor to score first while odds of 5/1 with Bet365 for Spurs to score a penalty is also worth looking at.

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