Watford v Liverpool
Saturday 29th February 12:30PM
With Manchester City otherwise engaged in the Carabao Cup Final, Liverpool have a chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to a massive 25 points with a win against Watford. They need just four more wins to clinch the title and that should be reduced to three by the time the final whistle blows on Saturday.
And who would back against them? A win felt inevitable against West Ham on Monday night, despite being 2-1 down midway through the second half. That victory equaled City’s record of 18 consecutive EPL wins. Jurgen Klopp’s side are just -227 to beat that record at Vicarage Road.
The omens are not good for Nigel Pearson’s Watford. The Hornets have won just two of their thirteen Premier League meetings with the Champions League holders, losing ten. The Reds have won the last four meetings to nil, notching up fifteen goals in the process. It’s difficult to discount a similar outcome on Saturday.
An away win to nil comes in at a respectable +125, a decent punt when you consider no club have scored fewer goals than the relegation-threatened Watford this season.
The hosts certainly won’t want to see Mo Salah in the starting eleven. The Egyptian, with fifteen league goals already this campaign, has netted seven times in his last four games against Watford. He opened the scoring in three of those. Get on him at +280 to break the deadlock again in this one, while he’s -120 to score at anytime with VIP Sports.
Tottenham v Wolves
Sunday 1st March 9AM
It’s a battle of Portuguese managers in London on Sunday as Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham take on Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves.
Santo has commented that Mourinho “thought him how to win” while he was a player under the Special One at Porto, where they both won UEFA Cup and Champions League titles. The Tottenham boss will be hoping he didn’t teach him enough to mastermind a victory and leapfrog Spurs in the Premier League table.
Wolves haven’t conceded in their last four games and, apart from Liverpool, have the best defensive record in the league. Meanwhile, Spurs look lacklustre up front without the injured Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min.
The hosts may be favourites here, at +145, but we fancy Santo to get one over on his old boss and clinch the three points at +215 with VIP. Wolves won this fixture 3-1 last season but we don’t expect as many goals this time around. An away win and Under 3.5 Goals can be backed at +280 but we like the look of a home defeat and Under 2.5 Goals at +515.
Wolves boast an embarrassment of riches up front, with Diogo Jota currently the man of the hour. He’s netted five goals in his last two games and should be considered again in the goalscoring markets.