Sam Hendry with the weekend’s best football bets

Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United – Saturday 12.30pm

It’s been a rare week of cheer for Newcastle fans as they first saw their team claim a surprise 2-1 win over Man City before finally breaking their 14-year old transfer record by signing Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United.

Their rigid defensive shape was key in stifling the stuttering champions’ play on Tuesday and it would be a surprise to see them waver from that set up today.

That will provide a still Harry Kane-less Spurs team the tough task of breaking them down, although they are boosted by the return of Heung-Min Son from international duty.

He inspired them to a late comeback win over Watford last time out – a game where Fernando Llorente netted a confidence-boosting winner – as they opened up a seven-point gap between themselves and Chelsea in 5th.

They can continue that momentum by taking the three points in a low-scoring affair – a Spurs win with under 2.5 goals is 5/2 with Ladbrokes/Coral

Crystal Palace vs Fulham – Saturday 3pm

Could Fulham’s remarkable four-goal comeback against Brighton on Tuesday be the catalyst in their survival bid?

They looked down and out when trailing to a Glenn Murray double before storming back in the second half to claim a thrilling 4-2 win.

A win over Palace today – one of five teams within realistic catching distance for them – would keep their momentum going and give Claudio Ranieri a real chance of keeping them up.

Only Huddersfield have accrued less points at home than Roy Hodgson’s side and they will be without influential forward Wilfried Zaha, who is suspended.

Fulham go into this one as firm underdogs and so can be backed at a reasonable price of 3/1 (generally available)

Manchester City vs Arsenal – Sunday 4.30pm

Having been faced with the prospect of falling seven points behind Liverpool after defeat to Newcastle on Tuesday, City now have the chance to close the gap to just two points with a win on Sunday.

Anything else will not do for Pep Guardiola, who cut a frustrated figure and made no excuses after his side’s fourth defeat in their last nine Premier League matches.

Arsenal, while superb at the Emirates, have looked an entirely different side on their travels where they haven’t won any of their last six games.

It’s also been more than three years since the last time they beat City in the league and they’ve conceded at least two goals to them in every subsequent fixture.

It would be a major surprise if Arsenal’s depleted defence could play as diligently as Newcastle’s did and I’m expecting City to bounce back in comprehensive style.

They have scored 24 goals and conceded none in their last four games at the Etihad and are 6/4 to win without conceding. A 3-0 win for the hosts is also available at odds of 10/1 with Betfair Sports and is worth a poke.

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