By William Hill
Last Updated: 13th December 2019
The Premier League fixtures continue to come thick and fast as we head into the festive period and, while Liverpool are assured of top spot on Christmas day, there’s sure to be some shocks on the way.
Many will spend the weekend shopping for presents for their loved ones, but the biggest gift of all could well be backing a couple of in-form strikers to find the net first this weekend…
Vardy can continue his party
Leicester have won their previous nine Premier League matches, so it’s no surprise to see the Foxes priced up at just 1/5 to get the better of a Norwich side with just one win in 11 league games on Saturday.
So good is Leicester’s defence that during the general election polling, Twitter users claimed every time a cross was placed in the box, defender Çağlar Söyüncü would head it away as he has done so often this season.
Brendan Rodgers’ side has the best defence in the league, conceding just 10 goals in their opening 16 games of the season. That’s four less than a Liverpool defence which boasts a Ballon d’Or nominee.
With Leicester’s backline doing its part, it’s no surprise to see the attackers thriving in the league this season with Jamie Vardy, recently tipped for an England return, the standout man.
The former Fleetwood Town attacker has scored 16 league goals this season, five more than the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and several more than Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and Marcus Rashford.
With a goal-a-game average, it’s difficult to see this leaky Norwich defence, which currently boasts a -17 goal difference, being the ones to stop him and a Vardy first goal and Leicester win is 11/5.
Ings are going to get worse for West Ham
It’s only December and yet we are already talking about relegation six-pointers, with Southampton, who currently sit in the relegation zone, hosting a West Ham side who are a point above it on Saturday.
The Hammers were given a glimpse of hope that things weren’t actually that bad when they pulled off one of the shocks of the season so far when beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge just a matter of weeks ago.
However, since then they have gone down with a whimper away against Wolverhampton Wanderers, before conceding three goals in a disastrous nine-minute spell at home to Arsenal.
Southampton, on the other hand, were shown just how bad it could get when they were thumped 9-0 at home by Leicester. But since then they have won two of their last three at home.
The difference between these two sides is that Southampton have an out-and-out scorer in the form of Danny Ings. He has already scored nine in the league this season, the same as Kane and Aguero.
He has also scored in five consecutive Premier League games and with three of those goals breaking the deadlock, Ings to score the opener at 13/5 looks the best bet against a vulnerable West Ham side.