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Sam Hendry with the weekend’s football betting highlights

Brighton vs Leicester City – Saturday 3pm

Leicester’s consistency against bottom half Premier League teams has been key in their rise to second in the table, so it’s slightly surprising to see them at odds of evens with bet365 for this game.

Their only defeats have come at Old Trafford and Anfield while their only other dropped points came away to Chelsea and against Wolves on the opening day of the season.

Brendan Rodgers has the Foxes playing better football than arguably any other team in the league right now and will be at full strength for this trip to the south coast.

Brighton have the capabilities to trouble any side on their day as they proved against Tottenham a few weeks ago, but they might struggle here without the suspended Lewis Dunk.

If Leicester go on to claim a top four place as looks likely right now, these are the games they’re going to win. An away win at evens should be snapped up pronto.

Bournemouth vs Wolves – Saturday 3pm

On paper there is very little to separate these two sides who are level on points and one place apart after 12 games, Bournemouth trailing their visitors by virtue of having scored one less goal.

This clash, then, could produce an all-too-familiar outcome for draw specialists Wolves.

Seven of their 12 games have ended in stalemate – six of those with a 1-1 score line. Frustrating results for Nuno Espirito Santo who will feel Wolves could be even higher than their 8th position, but they have at least been avoiding defeats having gone seven games unbeaten since being stuffed 5-2 by Chelsea in September.

Bournemouth’s strong start to the season has been built on a more pragmatic defensive approach than we have seen at any other point during their time in the Premier League. They are unbeaten in their last five home games conceding only three goals in the process.

The last time these two met was at the same venue in February when goals from Josh King and Raul Jimenez saw them share the points. It’s 11/2 at bet365 for a repeat of that 1-1 today

Manchester City vs Chelsea – Saturday 5.30pm

Many saw this as being a rebuilding year for the Blues, but Frank Lampard has defied some negative pre-season expectations and his side are looking for a seventh consecutive league win.

City’s halo has slipped slightly this season. They are only three short of the total number of points they dropped in the entirety of their 2017/18 campaign and have fallen behind today’s opponents in the table.

Pep Guardiola needs a response from his side after being well beaten at Anfield last time out, especially given they could find themselves 12 points behind the league leaders by the time of kick-off.

I think he will get that response in what should be the most entertaining of the weekend. Both teams love to attack and that will hopefully produce plenty of goals. It’s 13/8 at bet365’s bet builder for City to win and there to be over 3 goals in the game.

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