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With the Premier League season just over two weeks away, Al Hain-Cole is backing odds of just under 4/1 on three top flight teams continuing their preparations with victories

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Walsall
VS
Leicester City
Kick-off: 19:30 GMT
Tip: Leicester to win at 4/5 (1.80) with bet365

After running away with the Championship title last campaign, Leicester City seem to have carried that form into pre-season, winning two out of two so far.

While the first was an emphatic 6-1 victory over non-league Ilkeston, Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Everton in Bangkok was even more impressive, meaning they should feel confident of seeing off a Walsall side that finished in mid-table in League One last season.

Having lost twice and drawn once against modest opposition on their tour of Devon , the Saddlers will have been relieved to pick up a first pre-season victory against Leamington on Saturday, although they did need two penalties to see of the Conference North team.

However, Nigel Pearson’s men are unlikely to prove as hospitable at the Bescot Stadium, meaning bet365's odds of 4/5 (1.80) seem far to good to pass up on the Foxes maintaining their winning streak.

Chesterfield
VS
Aston Villa
Kick off: 19:45 GMT
Tip: Aston Villa to win at 4/6 (1.67) with bet365

After a successful US tour saw them rack up wins over FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo, Aston Villa will look to gear up for the new season back in their homeland with a trip to Chesterfield.

Paul Lambert will have been delighted with his side’s showing on the other side of the Atlantic, as they saw off two competitive MLS sides without conceding a goal and creating enough chances to make their victories even more convincing.

Expected to take a strong team to the Proact Stadium, the Scotsman should be confident that his team should be able to record yet another victory against a Spireites team that have won only one of their last four friendlies.

With match fitness improving all the time, Villa must be backed at 4/6 (1.67) to see off their League One opponents here.

Southend United
VS
QPR
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
QPR to win at 8/13 (1.62) with bet365

Harry Redknapp will be looking for a strong performance from his more experienced players when QPR travel to Roots Hall to take on Southend United.

The former Tottenham boss was adamant that his team needed strengthening after some disappointing results on a recent tour of Germany were recorded by line-ups featuring a number of younger players, and this view must have only been reinforced by yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Leyton Orient.

However, with several more high profile players set to return this evening, the R’s must fancy their chances of overcoming a Shrimpers team that are also scrabbling around for new recruits.

Having fielded a number of trialists in recent defeats against Ipswich, Charlton, Braintree Town and the draw against Concord Rangers, Phil Brown’s disorganised side look likely to fall victim once again to their determined Premier League opponents, who must be backed at 8/13 (1.62).
 
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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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