Everton v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00)
Everton have won more points in their last four Premier League games (ten) than they had in their previous 12 (seven)
Europa League sceptics will use the sudden Everton revival since halting their six-month fling with the competition as further evidence that is a destroyer of domestic dreams. The Toffees have won four home matches in a row and are unbeaten in nine at Goodison Park, while they won the reverse fixture against Burnley, so have to be fancied against a lowly side that have struck once in six games.
Recommended Bet: Back Everton to win @ [1.77]
Leicester v Swansea (Saturday, 15:00)
Leicester have scored two-plus goals in three successive Premier League games for the first time since November 2003
The most impressive factor in Leicester’s late charge for survival is that they are defying some of their worst defensive form of the campaign to sustain it, conceding seven times in their past three fixtures, but striking eight times to override that. Unsurprisingly, both teams scored in all of those contests, and Swansea have fired only one blank across their most recent dozen road trips too.
Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score @ [1.8]
Stoke v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00)
The Saints have not conceded more than once away from home since the opening weekend
It isn’t uncommon for less heralded clubs to compile a splendid defensive half-season – Stoke leaked just 13 times in 18 outings before Christmas in 2012/13 – but it is near unheard of for it to last a year – the Potters shipped 32 in the remaining 20. However, Southampton truly look like closing 2014/15 with the Premier League’s best backline, conceding 22 in 32 to Chelsea’s 26 in 31 and Man United’s 30 in 32. They are also on a ten-match under-2.5-goal streak that Stoke should help them extend.
Recommended Bet: Back under 2.5 goals @ [1.7]
Newcastle v Tottenham (Sunday, 16:00, Sky Sports 1)
If the season had started on Boxing Day, Newcastle would be only one point clear of the relegation zone
Tottenham aren’t in top form at present, though they shouldn’t need to be to conquer Newcastle, and have won five and drawn two of their seven trips to bottom-eight opponents so far this term. The Magpies meanwhile are on a five-match losing run, netting just once while being breached nine times – and will equal their all-time longest Premier League sequence with another against Spurs.
Recommended Bet: Back Tottenham to win @ [2.36]