Kevin Palmer's Friday Flutter: Kane to finish the season in style to net €200+ for our charity fund
The final weekend of the Premier League season means a farewell to the Independent.ie Friday Flutter, with Dublin’s Temple Street Children’s hospital soon to be receiving a handsome windfall after our season of successful bets.
Predicting the outcome of Premier League matches has been no easy task in this unpredictable season, but we have one punt left for you at the bottom of this page, while these tempting bets will liven up your Sunday afternoon of soccer viewing.
CHELSEA v LEICESTER
Imagine suggesting back in August that Premier League champions Chelsea would be forming a guard of honour to welcome their successors Leicester City as kings of English football onto the pitch at Stamford Bridge in the final game of the season.
Well, that incredible scene will be played out on Sunday, with Leicester’s ongoing title celebrations including a date against the side that finished the last campaign on such a high. The irony that Claudio Ranieri will return to the club that sacked him 12 years ago as a champion will not be lost on anyone present.
* Leicester’s Jamie Vardy to score two or more goals - 17/2
* Chelsea’s Diego Costa to score first - 4/1
* Leicester to win and Chelsea fail to score - 5/1
MAN UTD v BOURNEMOUTH
There may be something of a surreal atmosphere at Old Trafford on Sunday, with what many expect to be Louis van Gaal’s final home game as United manager likely to be played amid a backdrop of disgruntlement from the home supporters.
United need to win and hope Manchester City lose at Swansea to keep their hopes of a top four finish alive and in truth, their performances over the course of this season do not merit a place in next season’s Champions League. Van Gaal may soon run out of excuses.
* Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney to score first - 7/2
* Harry Arter to score for Bournemouth - 15/2
* Penalty scored in this game - 10/3
SWANSEA v MAN CITY
City’s stagger towards a top four finish will end in success if they win at Swansea on Sunday, yet incoming coach Pep Guardiola will not need to be told that he has a big job on his hands as he looks to bring some order to this unconvincing team.
Sergio Aguero is just one goal behind Tottenham’s Harry Kane in the race to finish as the Premier League’s top scorer and he will be keen to claim that prize on the final day of the season.
* Sergio Aguero to score a hat-trick - 17/2
* Swansea fail to score 13/8
* Man City to win 2-0 - 8/1
NEWCASTLE v TOTTENHAM
The mood on Tyneside will be gloomy after Newcastle's local rivals Sunderland condemned their team to relegation with a game left to play, yet expect plenty of banners urging Rafael Benitez to stay on as Newcastle boss.
It is hard to imagine this decorated tactician turning up to play Burton Albion on the first day of next season, with more tempting job offers likely to lure him away from a club that is in a permanent state of depression under owner Mike Ashley.
* Tottenham’s Harry Kane to score first - 4/1
* Newcastle fail to score - 9/5
* Tottenham to score four or more goals - 6/1
Our final Independent.ie bet of the season focuses on the race for the Golden Boot, with Tottenham’s Harry Kane looking to win the race with a goal or two at Newcastle. He is currently one goal ahead of both Man City’s Sergio Aguero and Leicester’s Jamie Vardy:
€50 on Harry Kane to score two or more goals against Newcastle at 9/2 (potential returns €275.00).