Kevin Palmer's Friday Flutter: Can he win for the fourth successive week?
The Independent.ie week bet in association with Paddy Power reaped dividends for a third successive weekend, as our Premier League accumulator threw up another windfall for our chosen charity.
Our punt on Crystal Palace’s clash against Manchester United ending in a draw and Manchester City and Tottenham picking up wins in the last round of Premier League matches ensured another €306.94 went into the cash pot, which will be donated to Dublin’s Temple Street Children’s Hospital at the end of the season.
This weekend’s bet is attached to the bottom of this page and here are is selection of the best bets on offer for this weekend’s big games:
MANCHESTER UNITED v WEST BROMWICH ALBION
United manager Louis van Gaal is starting to feel increased heat from the club’s supporters, who are growing increasingly frustrated with the tactics he insists on deploying and his reluctance to consider change.
This game against Tony Pulis’ negative West Brom side serves up the potential for more annoyance to pour down on Van Gaal, with United’s struggle to break down teams content to sit back and soak up pressure
* United skipper Wayne Rooney to score first – 3/1
* West Brom to grind out a 0-0 draw – 9/1
* Penalty scored in the match - 4/1
STOKE v CHELSEA
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho plans to travel with his team to this game and then jump off the bus before it reaches the Stoke’s atmospheric home, where he is not allowed to be due to the stadium ban handed down to him by the Football Association.
It is a curious state of affairs that Mourinho have brought upon himself and there is no doubt that his absence could have a big impact on a game that the Chelsea boss dare not lose as he continues to hang on to his job at Stamford Bridge.
* Despite his side’s win against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday, Mourinho is the favourite to be the next Premier League manager to get sacked - Evens
* Chelsea captain John Terry to score 9/1
* Both teams to score 4/5
ARSENAL v TOTTENHAM
Tottenham have tried and failed to finish ahead of local rivals Arsenal during Arsene Wenger’s reign as Gunners boss and they are knocking on the door once again, as they go in search of only only their second away win against the Gunners in 22 years on Sunday.
How Arsenal respond to their Champions League drubbing against Bayern Munich may well dictate their ambitions at Emirates Stadium, with Tottenham’s woeful away record against the Premier League’s big hitters likely to play into their hands.
* Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud to score first – 4/1
* Four or more goals in the game – 6/4
* Arsenal to win and both teams to score 2/1
LIVERPOOL v CRYSTAL PALACE
A smile is back on the face of Liverpool supporters following Jurgen Klopp’s arrival as the club’s manager, with momentum on the field building in tandem with optimism off it.
Palace’s most recent visit to Merseyside ended in a 3-1 on Steven Gerrard’s final day as a Liverpool player at Anfield, with the team led by Alan Pardew arguably even more threatening now than they were last May following the addition of inspirational midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
* Liverpool to win both halves – 7/2
* Palace to sneak a shock win at Anfield for a second successive season – 9/2
* Liverpool’s Christain Benteke to score a hat-trick – 12/1
Here is our latest Independent.ie bet, as we look to make it four wins in a row in association with Paddy Power:
- Penalty to be scored in the Man Utd v West Brom game @4/1
- Arsenal to beat Tottenham @8/11
- Manchester City to beat Villa @2/5
Potential returns €386.91