Friday flutter: Here are the best bets of the weekend
This Premier League season could reach a decisive turning point this weekend, with Leicester and Tottenham presented with chances to establish themselves as firm title contenders.
After a week of yet more speculation over Louis van Gaal’s future at Manchester United, all eyes will be on the Dutchman as he takes his side to Sunderland and there are plot lines aplenty to follow as the 26th round of matches are played out.
Our weekly Indepdendent.ie bet in association with Paddy Power is listed at the bottom of this page and here are a few more punts that may catch your eye in our four featured games.
Sunderland v Man Utd
Even Louis van Gaal seems to be questioning whether he will be Man Utd boss at the start of next season after another week of frenzied speculation over Jose Mourinho’s probable arrival as his replacement at Old Trafford.
It seems as if they club will leave Van Gaal in place for as long as his side can still qualify for next season’s Champions League, with the Dutchman likely to make an exit without being sacked if he fails in that mission.
- United skipper Wayne Rooney to score first - 9/2
- John O’Shea to score any time for Sunderland - 19/1
- Man Utd fail to score 7/2
Chelsea v Newcastle
Newcastle’s season is finally showing signs of promise after a heavy spending spree in January, with Steve McClaren’s side eager to climb the table and build on their impressive display against West Bromwich Albion last weekend.
Chelsea’s stuttering form continue and while they remain unbeaten under interim boss Guus Hiddink’s watch, their status in the bottom half of the Premier League highlights their ongoing failings.
- Newcastle to win - 7/1
- Chelsea come from behind to win - 15/2
- Andros Townsend to score his first Newcastle goal - 11/2
Arsenal v Leicester
The wait for Leicester’s stumble in their remarkable season continues and if they beat Arsenal and open up an eight-point lead over the Gunners on Sunday, their status as Premier League title favourites will be confirmed.
Claudio Ranieri’s men seem perfectly set-up to rattle Arsenal’s set-up, with their counter attacking style proving to be too much for Manchester City last weekend. They are capable of matching that display at Emirates Stadium.
- Leicester to win 2-1 - 14/1
- Olivier Giroud to end his five game scoring drought - Evens
- Both teams to score - 4/6
Man City v Tottenham
Spurs have a pretty dreadful record in away matches against the sides at the top of the Premier League over recent years, with heavy defeats at the Etihad Stadium still fresh in the mind.
However, this Spurs team have a different aura about them and if they can build on their 4-1 drubbing of City earlier this season, then Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be established a strong candidates to finish this season as Premier League champions.
Here is our Indepdendent.ie bet in association with Paddy Power and all winnings will be donated to Dublin’s Temple Street Children’s hospital:
€50 on Leicester’s Jamie Vardy to score any time against Arsenal on Sunday at 15/8 (possible winnings €143.75)