Premier League Weekend Picks: Leicester & Liverpool

Stuart Woodrow

Thursday, February 1, 2018 12:30 AM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 12:30 AM UTC

After an eventful midweek round of matches, we barely have time to get a breath before the fixture list hits us with another round of Premier League games this weekend.

The first Premier League game I’m looking at this weekend is Leicester v Swansea on Saturday, and I’m backing the 2015-16 champions (I’m sure they can’t hear that enough!). Swansea have definitely improved since the change of manager and the addition of Andre Ayew to the side will give them some more running power up front. Fernando Llorente was never the most active player, but he provided a fulcrum for Swansea before his move to Spurs and Tammy Abraham hasn’t been able to fill that gap. Ayew did very well in his first stint at Swansea and he’ll be hoping to at least replicate that.

Leicester, though, are a tough proposition and they won’t have any romance about them. A few seasons ago they made their own great escape and they are one of the sides Swansea will be looking at as inspiration. That kind of experience breeds a certain amount of toughness, and there are enough Leicester players from those days to keep that in the squad. I’m expecting a Leicester win in this one, and even at odds of -125 (William Hill), there is value here.

My next selection is a tough one for me. It’s Sunday's matchup between Liverpool and Tottenham, and I’ve just finished watching Tottenham’s great win against Manchester United. Spurs pressed and harried Manchester United into making mistakes, but I think the majority of Liverpool’s squad have the technique to cope with that.

Liverpool like a high press themselves and this could be an interesting tactical battle. Unfortunately, as a Spurs fan my system has picked out the Liverpool home win as a bet that has real value here. The odds could even go up after that Tottenham win against Manchester United, so try to get the best odds you can. Right now, you can get +112 on a Liverpool win with Pinnacle.

Neither of these sides are the finished article, but there is great quality on both and two excellent managers who are making a mark on the game. There will be no shame in losing this one, whichever way it goes, but the betting side of me is hoping for a Liverpool win while the Spurs fan inside wants a cracking away victory.

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