Saturday 3 December 2016

Kevin Palmer's Weekend Charity Flutter: Vardy to end goal drought as Leicester close in on title

Published 08/04/2016 | 17:08

Jamie Vardy has not scored in his last six Premier League appearances
Jamie Vardy has not scored in his last six Premier League appearances

Leicester City are closing in on an historic Premier League title triumph and by the time the final ball is kicked in this weekend’s schedule, the race could be all but over.

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Victory for Leicester against Sunderland and anything less than a Tottenham win against Manchester United on Sunday will all-but secure a remarkable title triumph for Claudio Ranieri’s men and they might even wrap up their triumph with a couple of games to spare.

Our weekly bet in association with Paddy Power is attached to the bottom of this page and here are a few more punts that might tempt you:

WEST HAM v ARSENAL

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits his side need to win their final seven Premier League games to have any hope of finishing the season as champions, but not even a run of that magnitude may be enough to swing the title in his direction.

This season is destined to be etched into history as a great missed opportunity for Wenger and Arsenal and their misery may be compounded if top four chasers West Ham beat them at Upton Park.

Best bets:

* West Ham’s Dimitri Payet to score first - 7/1

* Arsenal fail to scored - 4/1

* West Ham come from behind to win - 14/1

CRYSTAL PALACE v NORWICH

This game has been circled in the diaries of both Palace and Norwich for some time as being a potentially crucial turning point in the battle to beat the drop, with the winner of this clash at Selhurst Park able to start preparing for another season in the Premier League.

Palace have not won a league match since mid-December and while their run to the FA Cup semi-finals has kept their campaign afloat

Best bets:

* Red card in this match - 9/2

* Crystal Palace to win 1-0 - 6/1

* Damien Delaney to score for Palace - 13/1

SUNDERLAND v LEICESTER

Leicester will extend their lead at the top of the table to a massive 10 points if they beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light and the momentum behind Claudio Ranieri’s champions-elect suggests there will be only one outcome in this match.

Sunderland’s inability to convert the chances they are creating may well cost them their Premier League lives in the coming weeks, yet the headlines from this game will be focused on the Leicester fairy tale.

Best bets:

* Game to finish as a draw - 23/10

* Leicester’s Jamie Vardy to end a six game Premier League goal drought - 7/5

* Sunderland fail to score 8/5

TOTTENHAM v MAN UTD

Tottenham will be fully aware of the Leicester result by the time they kick-off against United and the chances are they will need a victory to keep alive their fading title hopes.

United’s ambitions to secure a top four finish are on the line in this game, with a defeat at White Hart Lane liable to be fatal in their bid to secure a return to the Champions League.

Best bets:

* Both teams to score - 5/6

* Tottenham’s Harry Kane to score two or more goals -11/2

* Man Utd’s Anthony Martial to score first - 8/1

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 to win 1-0 at Sunderland at 6/1 (possible returns €350.00).

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