Wednesday 28 September 2016

Kevin Palmer's Friday Flutter: Vardy to return with a bang as Leicester lift Premier League trophy

Published 06/05/2016 | 18:32

Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring against Sunderland last month. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images
Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring against Sunderland last month. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

With two weekends of Premier League matches still to play this season, the title celebrations for surprise champions Leicester City have been underway all week.

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Their remarkable triumph will reach a crescendo on Saturday when Foxes skipper Wes Morgan is presented with the Premier League trophy, but there are plenty of issues still to be resolved at the top and bottom of England’s top flight.

Our weekly Independent.ie charity bet with Paddy Power is listed at the bottom of this page and here are a few more punts that could liven up your weekend of Premier League viewing.

NORWICH v MAN UTD

This is a must-win game for both sides, with United’s hopes of a top four finish and Norwich’s battle to beat the drop in the balance in a high stakes fixture at Carrow Road.

United’s woeful record on their travels has been the primary reason why they have come up short in the Premier League, with just six away wins all season for Louis van Gaal’s men an issue they need to address as they target six points against Norwich on Saturday and then in the final game to be played at West Ham’s Upton Park home next Tuesday.

Best bets:

* Man Utd’s Anthony Martial to score first - 11/2

* Game to finish 0-0 - 17/2

* Wes Hoolahan to score for Norwich - 9/2

LEICESTER v EVERTON

The title winning party has been in full swing in Leicester all week and the events that will unfold at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening will go down as the most momentous in the club’s history.

Foxes captain Wes Morgan will be presented with the Premier League trophy as a sporting world looks on, still slightly bewildered by a title race that was as unpredictable as the election of Ireland’s ‘new’ Taoiseach.

Best bets:

* Leicester Jamie Vardy to score two or more goals - 9/2

* Everton fail to score - 21/10

* James McCarthy to score first for Everton - 33/1

TOTTENHAM v SOUTHAMPTON

Leicester’s joy translates to Tottenham’s despair, yet White Hart Lane should banish their disappointment at an aborted title challenge and acclaim a team that has provided so much joy over the course of the last nine months.

Southampton will be motivated to get a result in this game as they chase a European finish, yet Tottenham will be desperate to win this game and wrap up second spot, ensuring they will finish ahead of local rivals Arsenal for the first time since 1995.

Best bets:

* Southampton to win - 14/5

* Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen to score first - 7/1

* Red card in the first half of this game - 14/1

MAN CITY v ARSENAL

This fixture had all the potential to be a title decider so late in the Premier League season, yet its significance is somewhat deflated after disappointing campaigns for both sides.

Arsenal will secure a 19th consecutive season in the Champions League with a win at the Etihad Stadium, while City are desperate to fend off local rivals Manchester United in the race for a top four finish in the Premier League. The stakes remain high in this battle of the heavyweights, but not as high as they should have been.

Best bets:

* Arsenal to score first - evens

* Gunners striker Olivier Giroud to end his 15-game goal drought - 15/8

* Over 4.5 goals in the game - 7/2

Here is our Independent.ie bet in association with Paddy Power and all winnings will be donated to Dublin’s Temple Street Children’s hospital:

€50 on Leicester’s Jamie Vardy scoring two or more goals against Everton (potential returns €275.00)

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