Kevin Palmer's Premier League Friday Flutter in aid of Temple Street
Published 20/11/2015 | 16:43
The Premier League is back after the final international break of 2015 and that means the Friday Flutter also returns to our agenda.
We have already notched up a healthy pile of cash for Dublin's Temple Street Children's hospital in our weekly bets in association with Paddy Power and our latest punt is at the bottom of this guide to the best bets of the weekend.
WATFORD v MAN UTD
Manchester United’s woefully thin attacking options were always likely to be exposed at some point this season and this is the weekend when they are facing a mini-crisis, with Anthony Martial out injured and skipper Wayne Rooney absent due to illness for the trip to Vicarage Road. Who plays up for for Louis van Gaal's side? An out-of-sorts Memphis Depay may be his best option.
Against a Watford side that have proved to be tough to break down defensively, a United side lacking a focal point to their attack may struggle to get the goals they need. That could leave them open to a counter-attack from Quique Sanchez Flores’ spirited team.
* Watford to win 1-0 – 9/1
* Juan Mata to score any time for Man Utd - 3/1
* A Man Utd player to be sent off - 7/1
CHELSEA v NORWICH
The Premier League champions have to start winning and they will get no better opportunity to do just that than in a home game against Norwich.
Jose Mourinho may have been fortunate to survive through the international break after his side lost for a SEVETH time in 12 Premier League games in their last match at Stoke, but the rot has to stop for the Blues this weekend and it will.
* Chelsea to win by four or more goals - 4/1
* Norwich to win 1-0 (and probably condemn Mourinho the sack) - 20/1
* Chelsea captain John Terry to score - 17/2
MAN CITY v LIVERPOOL
The headline grabbing game of the weekend contains so many potential storylines, but it is the return from injury of City super-striker Sergio Aguero that will send a shiver down the spine of all with a Liverpool heart.
Daniel Sturridge is also threatening a return from his latest injury, but getting the supremely delicate striker to the Etihad Stadium in one piece by the 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday evening will be a tricky task. Until he gets on the field, we will not believe he is full fit.
* Aguero to score a hat-trick on his return to action - 10/1
* A penalty to be awarded during this game - 13/5
* Both teams to score in this game – 6/4
TOTTENHAM v WEST HAM
Chelsea’s woes in the first third of the Premier League season have opened a door for a fresh face to claim a prized top four finish and the two London rivals doing battle at White Hart Lane this Sunday look best placed to take advantage.
The quietly effective evolution being overseen by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is starting to take hold, with their impressive display in the 1-1 draw at Arsenal into their last match offering further evidence that they are a side on the rise. Meanwhile, West Ham will look to add Tottenham to a list of victims that has included, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea this season.
* Tottenham’s Harry Kane to score first 7/2
* West Ham to score a penalty 11/1
* A red card to be handed out in this London derby 3/1
Here is this weekend’s Independent.ie charity bet in association with Paddy Power:
€50 on John Terry to score for Chelsea against Norwich at 17/2 (possible returns €475.00)