Kevin Palmer's Weekend Charity Flutter: Mahrez to strike first as Foxes continue title surge
The Premier League title could be all but secured by Claudio Ranieri and his Leicester City dreamers if results go in their favour this weekend.
A defeat for Tottenham against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening and victory for Leicester against Southampton on Sunday would put the Foxes in complete control of the title race and may mean they wrap up a famous triumph with games to spare in this remarkable season.
Our weekly charity bet in association with Paddy Power is at the bottom of this page and here are a few punts that may tempt you as the Premier League kicks back into life.
ARSENAL v WATFORD
Arsenal get a chance to make a point that they are still Premier League title contenders as they kick-off before Leicester and Tottenham this weekend going in search of revenge against Watford.
The Hornets secured a famous FA Cup quarter-final at Emirates Stadium last month and if they repeat that result on Saturday, expect the Arsenal natives to turn against manager Arsene Wenger like never before.
* Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck to score first - 5/1
* Watford to win 1-0 - 22/1
* Both teams to score 10/11
LIVERPOOL v TOTTENHAM
This will be an acid test of Tottenham’s title credentials, as they need to leave Merseyside with all three points on Saturday evening if they are to put pressure on Leicester ahead of their game on Sunday.
Liverpool may have one eye on next week’s Europa League game against Borussia Dortmund, but it is this game is all about Tottenham’s qualities and whether their potent attacking duo of Dele Alli and Harry Kane have too much for Jurgen Klopp’s men at Anfield.
* Liverpool to win - 6/4
* Tottenham’s Harry Kane to score first - 5/1
* Own goal in this match - 8/1
LEICESTER v SOUTHAMPTON
There were blue ribbons placed on the Premier League trophy at the end of last season as Chelsea lifted the trophy and it looks increasingly likely that they could be used once again as Leicester’s title chasing odyssey heads towards an unfathomable climax.
However, this will be one of the more difficult games of their run-in, with Southampton in fine form and highly motived as they chase a top six finish and the European place they would come with it. Could Ireland’s Shane Long trouble Leicester’s watertight defence?
* Leicester to win 1-0 - 6/1
* Southampton’s Shane Long to score any time - 5/2
* Penalty to be awarded in this match - 16/5
MAN UTD v EVERTON
It’s hard to know how Manchester United fans want the final few weeks of this season, with so many of the club’s fans wanting Louis van Gaal to be replaced as manager at the end of the season and yet that may not happen if a top four finish is secured.
Victory against Everton at Old Trafford will keep Van Gaal on course for a return to the Champions League next season and with opposition to Jose Mourinho’s appointment as the club’s next manager evident from some senior United voices, this soap opera has some unexpected twists in store over the next few weeks.
* Man Utd’s Anthony Martial to score first - 5/1
* Everton’s Seamus Coleman to score any time - 12/1
* A seventh 0-0 draw of the season at Old Trafford - 8/1
Here is our Independent.ie bet in association with Paddy Power. All winnings will go to Dublin’s Temple Street Children’s hospital:
€50 on Leicester's Riyad Mahrez to score first against Southampton at 11/2 - possible returns €325.00.