Kevin Palmer's Friday Flutter: Rooney to net first to pile more misery on boyhood club
We got back to winning ways with our Friday Flutter last week, as our bet on Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scoring two or more goals at Chelsea earned Dublin’s Temple Street hospital another €350 windfall.
Our latest punt in association with Paddy Power is attached to the bottom of this page and here are a few more bets that might spice up your weekend of soccer watching.
MAN UTD v EVERTON
It’s make or break time for United manager Louis van Gaal and his Everton counterpart Roberto Martinez, with defeat for either in this FA Cup semi-final showdown at Wembley set to push them a huge step closer to the sack.
Martinez appears to be in the most peril right now, with his side’s 4-0 hammering at the hands of local rivals Liverpool on Wednesday night piling the pressure on his injury hit team ahead of a cup tie that will define their season. The Spanish tactician knows he dare not lose again.
* Man Utd to win 1-0 - 6/1
* Everton’s James McCarthy to score - 13/1
* Both teams to have a player sent-off - 50/1
SUNDERLAND v ARSENAL
The latest meeting between Sam Allardyce and Arsene Wenger is loaded with intrigue and both of these old foes need a win in this game for very different reasons.
Big Sam has made no secret of his distain for Wenger’s silky football down the years, but the Sunderland boss insists his days of goading his Arsenal rival in the media are over. Instead, he is targeting the win that would take his side out of the drop zone, while the Gunners need all three points to sustain their push for a top three finish.
* Draw 11/4
* Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud to end his 13-game Premier League goal drought - 11/8
* Sunderland’s Jermaine Defoe to score two or more goals - 16/1
LEICESTER v SWANSEA
Leicester’s push for the Premier League title continues without the suspended Jamie Vardy, with the absence of their 22-goal striker set to test their reserves at what will be a tension-packed King Power Stadium.
Swansea have little to play for after reaching the 40-point safety mark and their lack of desire should play into Leicester’s hands, with the Foxes needing just eight points from their final four games to be crowned as champions.
* Swansea to win - 4/1
* Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez to score first - 11/2
* Game to finish 0-0 - 7/1
TOTTENHAM v WEST BROM
West Brom look likely to be the next victims of a free-flowing Spurs side that turned in one of the most impressive performances of the season in beating Stoke last Monday, with a win in this game essential if they are to keep their title hopes alive.
* Tottenham’s Harry Kane to score a hat-trick - 17/2
* West Brom to score first and fail to win - 7/2
* Spurs to score more than 3.5 goals - 2/1
After our success in last weekend’s bet in association with Paddy Power, he is our latest Independent.ie punt:
€50 on Man Utd skipper Wayne Rooney to score the first goal in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against his former club Everton at 6/1 (possible returns €350.00).