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Money can't buy success unless you're Watford

IT will be interesting to see how Leicester perform against Everton on Saturday given they have been on the lash ever since they were crowned champions.

Pub players often claim they play better the morning after a heavy night but with all due respect there is a slight difference between taking on the Dog and Duck and a Premier League side.

I’m sure there’s a joke about Everton’s defending under Roberto Martinez but I swerve that with the Spaniard already getting pelters from his own fans.

While Martinez gets ready for the boot, Leicester gaffer Claudio Ranieri is the toast of the footballing world but he insists no superstars will be arriving this summer.

He said: “I don't want big names here. My lads are special. We have to bring some good players but they must have the same spirit.”

That’s good to know because you can’t buy success unless you are Watford, who are on the verge of signing Nigerian Under-21 striker Isaac Success.

I’m struggling for a bet on the Saturday coupon but I shall give Sunderland a chance at Chelsea.

We all know how difficult it is to react after playing a cup final so the Blues may struggle to lift themselves following Monday’s match with Spurs...

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Match in Focus

12:45 Sa 7May BT1

Norwich v Man Utd

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Manchester United have won only six of 17 away games in the league
Expert verdict
Norwich have won only one of their last seven outings at Carrow Road, but the Canaries have drawn there against West Ham and Manchester City in recent months. The Red Devils have scored just 19 goals on the road this term and this game could be tight.