Kevin Palmer's Premier League flutter - Expect goals at Anfield
After another crazy week of uncertain results in the Premier League, the task of picking a few winners from this weekend’s fixture list looks trickier than ever.
“What we learn in this Premier League is every week we see surprises,” declared Arsene Wenger ahead of his side’s trip to Stoke this weekend and he is not wrong there.
The bookies continue to be the big winners in a season of uncertainty and our Independent.ie bet in association with Paddy Power has struggled to gather momentum amid the shock results, but we are back for another stab at winning some cash for Dublin's Temple Street Children's hospital.
Our latest bet is at the bottom of the page and here are some of the best odds on the big games of the weekend.
MANCHESTER CITY v CRYSTAL PALACE
Palace’s away record since Alan Pardew took over as their manager a little over a year ago is nothing short of sensational, winning 11 times on their Premier League travels in a little over a year.
Having beaten Liverpool and Chelsea away from home in that run, they will fancy their chances of upsetting a City side that have struggled to click into gear of late. That said, Palace did lose 5-1 against City at the Etihad Stadium in in the Capital One Cup in October.
* Crystal Palace to win - 7/1
* Man City’s Sergio Aguero to score two or more goals - 13/5
* Own goal in this match - 7/1
ASTON VILLA v LEICESTER
We are slowing beginning to accept the reality that Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester are not going to drift away as they continue to press for a top four finish….and maybe even a push for what would be a remarkable Premier League title triumph.
Just when you suspected the Foxes were losing some of their bite, they pulled off a thrilling win against Tottenham at White Hart Lane to go joint top of the table. What next for this season’s fairy tale story?
* Leicester’s Jamie Vardy to end his five-game goal drought - 2/1
* Villa to record a second successive 1-0 win - 17/2
* Both teams to score in this game - 4/5
LIVERPOOL V MANCHESTER UNITED
One of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures in the Premier League calendar has even more significance this year, amid fresh reports that United boss Louis van Gaal may be one game away from the sack.
Liverpool have all the attacking firepower needed to unsettle a United side that conceded three times at Newcastle on Tuesday, but they look unlikely to keep a clean sheet themselves after another shaky display in their 3-3 draw against Arsenal.
* United to play out another 0-0 draw – 7/1
* A red card in this always feisty battle - 13/5
* Another 3-3 draw for both sides - 75/1
STOKE v ARSENAL
Arsenal have a horrible record in away matches at Stoke, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger eager to ignore the statistic that he has failed to win on his last five visits to the Britannia Stadium.
If Arsenal are to confirm their worth as champions in the making, they need to banish that miserable record this Sunday and record a win at a venue that has already proved to be a graveyard for some of the biggest names in the Premier League this season.
* Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud to score first - 7/2
* Stoke and Ireland striker Jon Walters to score – 11/4
* Arsenal to win by two goals – 9/2
We want to get back to winning ways in our Independent.ie bet with Paddy Power, as Dublin’s Temple Street Children’s hospital are relying on us to hand over a healthy cheque at the end of this season.
So we are banking on the leaking defences of Liverpool and Manchester United to come up trumps with this punt:
€50 on both teams to score in the Liverpool v Man Utd game on Sunday at 5/6 (possible returns €91.67)