Premier League: Vardy at the Treble

Here’s a quiz question for you – who has joined the esteemed company of Hiddink, Ancelotti, Mourinho and Guardiola as the only British manager to have won his first four Premier League games?

Answer – Shakespeare, Craig Shakespeare.

The transformation in Leicester City since his appointment as interim manager has been remarkable. The haunting spectre of relegation a year after winning the title has been banished, and there is a Champions League quarterfinal still to look forward to.

And the good run is likely to continue tonight, as the Foxes host bottom of the table Sunderland. The Black Cats can ill afford to sit back tightly if they concede as matches are running out and they are eight points from safety, and that could mean goals.

Leicester’s talisman Jamie Vardy has scored four times since Leicester started winning again, and is sure to cause more problems tonight.

Most of the established bookies have Vardy priced at around evens to score at any point during the game, but start to differ when considering more goals for the Leicester front man. Paddy Power and Ladbrokes offer 9/2 on him scoring two or more, while Coral is as low as 5/2. The differential is even greater with a hat trick, with Paddy Power offering 30/1 and Coral 10/1.

We at Lap of the Odds are tempted by the 9/2 for two or more goals for Vardy, but the 30/1 for a hat trick looks simply too big to turn down.

Recommendation: Leicester v Sunderland, Vardy to score a hat trick at 30/1, Paddy Power

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