Sunday 18 March 2018

The Friday Flutter – 5 bets that could land €2k from a €5 gamble

The Premier League's top scorer Sergio Aguero will look to add to his tally of 22 goals against Queens park Rangers
The Premier League's top scorer Sergio Aguero will look to add to his tally of 22 goals against Queens park Rangers
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Here are five bets worth considering for the sporting action this weekend, where €5 will return you €2,000 if the predictions come to pass

Premier League: Chelsea v Liverpool

Draw 12/5

Chelsea have essentially had the week off and with the title won for the Blues and Liverpool unlikely to bridge the gap to fourth-place Manchester United for the final Champions League spot, this has a draw written all over it.

Jose Mourinho has a great record at home to the Reds, but motivation, despite talk of gaining maximum points from the remaining games, might be more difficult than usual.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised the composure of his young players

Brendan Rodgers for his part will hope that a disappointing season at worst ends in fifth place, with Spurs just three points behind, a decent showing at Stamford Bridge would boost morale as uncertainty surrounds the future of the manager and a number of his squad.

Guinness PRO12: Leinster v Treviso

Leinster to lead by 15 points or more at half-time 6/4

Leinster simply haven't been good enough this season, as head coach Matt O'Connor has publicly admitted.

With Edinburgh away in the final game to end a disappointing season, this is the last showing in front of the home supporters.

Eoin Reddan goes through his stretching exercises during Leinster training

Treviso are languishing second from bottom, with only three points to spare over Zebre, and12 points adrift of Cardiff. By some margin they have conceded the most points in the league, so expect the home side to put in a good showing before the summer break.

Premier League: Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers

Man City to score more goals than any other team this weekend, 7/2

Second from top meets second from bottom at the Etihad with both teams pretty much knowing how their fate will pan out.

Manuel Pellegrini's side are realistically going to finish second or third as they battle with the Gunners for the runners-up position, while QPR could be relegated on Sunday if results go against them this weekend.

Edin Dzeko, centre, sustained a calf injury against QPR at the weekend

No team has scored more than City, no team have conceded more than the hapless Rs, while their dreadful away record – just seven points collected from a possible 51 – is a large reason they are heading for the Championship.

The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass

Kevin Na to win 18/1

The joint-leader has had a brilliant start at Sawgrass and backed up the pre-tournament suggestions in some quarters that he offered the best E/W value among the outsiders.

Kevin Na plays his second shot on the fifth hole during round one of THE PLAYERS Championship at the TPC Sawgrass

The world number 22 picked up three birdies on both the front and back nine to add to his love of the course. In his only previous start at Sawgrass he led into the final round before slipping to seventh after a closing 76.

The stick he is often beaten with is that he lacks the mental strength to win, but this could be his time to shine.

Airtricity Premier League Division: Drogheda v Bray Wanderers

Drogheda United Half-time/Full-time

Sitting third from bottom, Drogheda are just a point better off than visitors Bray Wanderers, who will make the journey short of confidence after their 8-1 drubbing at the hands of Dundalk last week.

David Cassidy

Captain David Cassidy is in temporary charge and will have a big job turn things around so quickly, though Drogs come into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers, but home advantage should swing it in their favour.

A €5 accumulator bet will pay out €1938 if the bets come to pass.

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