Premier League: Kiss me, Vardy!

There are two more Premier League matches scheduled tonight as this elongated game week continues.

The televised game sees Chelsea traveling up north to take on Burnley. While the Blues do need the points as they try to qualify for the Champions League they also have a FA Cup semifinal on the weekend to plan for. With this in mind, changes are likely.

And it was going to be a tricky game for Chelsea anyway. After all they have won only seven of their last 21 matches in all competitions in 2018. Burnley, by contrast, are aiming to win six consecutive matches in the top flight for the first time since 1968.

We think Burnley have more to play for tonight–they are closing in on Arsenal in the league–and expect them to win tonight.

The second game sees Leicester host Southampton. The Saints are staring relegation in the face, and thus desperate for points, but they also have a FA Cup semifinal on the weekend.

The Saints can take some comfort from the bad run Leicester are on, they haven’t won any of their last four home matches in the Premier League, but that’s about it.

Southampton have lost their last four league games, and won only one in seven, and got hammered 4-1 in the reverse fixture.

While there are worries that Leicester’s players are already thinking of the summer, we think they will still have too much for this Southampton side.

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has scored in eight of his last 10 league games, and we’ll take a punt that he scored twice against this porous Southampton defence.

Recommendations:

Burnley/Chelsea: Burnley to win, 1 pt, at 18/5, SkyBet

Leicester/Southampton: Vardy to score twice, 1 pt, at 13/2, Boyle Sports 

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