Saturday 10 December 2016

Kevin Palmer's Weekend Flutter: Harry Kane to inflict pain on Arsenal

Published 04/03/2016 | 16:37

Can Riyad Mahrez, Harry Arter and Harry Kane hit the target this weekend?
Can Riyad Mahrez, Harry Arter and Harry Kane hit the target this weekend?

Leicester enjoyed another wonderful week in their increasingly believable bid to be crowned as Premier League champions, as all of their chief rivals lost on a remarkable Wednesday night of action.

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Claudio Ranieri’s men are now firmly installed as title favourites ahead of their trip to face Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday, yet it is Tottenham’s clash with local rivals Arsenal that will snare most of the headlines on Saturday.

Our weekly charity bet in association with Paddy Power is listed at the bottom of this page and here are a few more punts that may tempt you this weekend.

TOTTENHAM v ARSENAL

All eyes will be fall on White Hart Lane for the biggest north London derby in recent memory, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitting the Premier League title could be on the line in their 178th meeting with Tottenham.

Just for once, Arsenal head into the tie as underdogs in the eyes of many after a run of three successive defeats and they need to halt that run in this game if they are to sustain their title push with ten games left to play. Opportunity knocks for second placed Spurs, but are they good enough to take it?

Best bets:

* Arsenal to win - 2/1

* Harry Kane to score first - 9/2

* Tottenham to win both halves - 13/2

NEWCASTLE v BOURNEMOUTH

Steve McClaren has been ‘one game from the sack’ on a few occasions this season and the rumours suggest he is back on the brink after last Wednesday’s miserable 1-0 defeat at Stoke.

After being handed £83m to spend on players since his arrival at the club last summer, McClaren’s failure to lift Newcastle away from the drop zone is a concern that could reach a crisis if Bournemouth win at St James’ Park.

Best bets:

* Game to finish 0-0 - 9/1

* Ireland’s Harry Arter to score for Bournemouth - 7/2

* Brendan Rodgers to replace McClaren as Newcastle manager - Evens

WATFORD v LEICESTER

Bookies had to install Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester as favourites to win the Premier League title after a week that saw them extend their lead at the top to three points.

Games such as this tricky trip to face a solid Watford side at Vicarage Road will be crucial to their hopes of holding on at the top, with the Hornets conceding just 11 goals in the 14 games they have played on home soil this season.

Best bets:

* Leicester’s Jamie Vardy to score first - 9/2

* Watford to win - 7/4

* Leicester Riyad Mahrez to score two or more goals - 11/1

WEST BROMWICH ALBION v MANCHESTER UNITED

United’s less than convincing rise towards the top four places in the Premier League will be tested at the Hawthorns, as they take on a Baggies side that has taken seven points from their last three league games.

United were fortunate to beat Watford on Wednesday night, but the uncertainty among the top clubs could yet see their manager Louis van Gaal orchestrate a scenario that would allow him to proclaim this confused season as a success. That was impossible to imagine a few weeks back.

Best bets:

* Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford to score first - 6/1

* West Bromwich Albion to win - 10/3

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

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

€50 on Tottenham’s Harry Kane to score two or more goals against Arsenal at 7/1 - possible returns (€400.00)

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