Sam Hendry with the weekend’s best football bets

Bournemouth vs Tottenham Hotspur – Saturday 12.30pm

Bournemouth have gone five games without recording a home win in the Premier League while Spurs have gone the same number without winning on the road, so you’d think something has to give here.

The refusal – or inability – to add to their squad last summer has come back to bite Mauricio Pochettino’s side in recent weeks as injuries and fatigue seems to be catching them up.

Although they lost and were at time outclassed by Ajax on Tuesday, their Champions League hopes did not suffer a fatal blow and so Pochettino may decide to rotate his team as best he can ahead of the return leg this Wednesday, safe in the knowledge that they only need one win from their final two fixtures to secure a top four position.

I think odds of 9/2 (Betfair Sport) for a Bournemouth win is worth taking and a scorecast of Callum Wilson and  Bournemouth to win at 11/2 (Paddy Power)  seems overpriced

Newcastle United vs Liverpool – Saturday 7.45pm

This is no such opportunity for Liverpool to rest players with the league now representing their best chance of ending a stellar year with a trophy.

Even that remains unlikely thanks to Man City’s unerring run of form, but failure to win here coupled with their likely elimination from Europe at the hands of Barcelona (barring any Istanbul-esque heroics) means Liverpool’s season could come to an abrupt end by Tuesday.

They will be determined to take the race to the last day, but this is no easy task – Newcastle have been much stronger in the second half of the season and were the last team to inflict a domestic defeat on Man City.

They have secured safety but don’t expect any sentimentality from Rafa Benitez against his old club; Newcastle will be professional, defend deep and attempt to frustrate Liverpool.

But ultimately the visitors should prevail and it’s 100/30 (BetVictor) for the half time draw and Liverpool win full time. Roberto Firmino is set to be restored to the starting line-up after only making the bench against Barca and is 5/1 (Betfair Sport and Paddy Power) to score first.

Manchester City vs Leicester City – Monday 8pm

In a title race high on quality but devoid of any real twists thanks to the relentless brilliance of the two protagonists, could ex-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers be the man to shake things up?

His Leicester team recorded a resounding 3-0 win over Arsenal last week which gives their supporters and those on Merseyside hope.

Rodgers went up against Pep’s City twice as Celtic manager and didn’t lose either time, but he is now facing a much different and vastly improved version of them.

City showed a different side of their game as they batted off Burnley last week and have only conceded once in their last six in the league and none in open play since early March.

They are 6/5 (BetVictor) to win without conceding and having had eight days rest since the visit to Turf Moor, they should be well prepped to record a 15th straight league win.

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