Kevin Palmer's Premier League flutter for the weekend
We had our first win of the season in our Independent.ie Premier League bet last weekend, as our accumulator reaped handsome rewards for Dublin’s Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
Paddy Power have handed us a free €50 each week and wins for Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal last Saturday secure our first windfall of the season.
Our bet for this weekend can be found at the bottom of this page, with a selection of bets to tempt you for this weekend’s soccer feast that will culminate with the Manchester derby on Sunday.
WEST HAM v CHELSEA
The Hammers head into this game against their local rivals in an unfamiliar position, as they will move nine-points clear of the fallen Premier League champions with a win.
West Ham fans would love nothing better than plunging Blues boss Jose Mourinho back into crisis mode and even though they don’t get a chance to jeer former Hammer Frank Lampard in Chelsea blue any more, the atmosphere at Upton Park this weekend should be electrifying.
* Chelsea striker Diego Costa to score any time - 11/10
* West Ham are outsiders to win the game – 11/4
* Mourinho is 16/4 fourth favourite to be the next manager to face the axe in the Premier League…expect those odds to tumble if he loses on Saturday.
ARSENAL v EVERTON
After the high of beating Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, Arsenal come back down to earth with a shudder as they prepare to take on a threatening Everton side at Emirates Stadium.
However, the omens look good for Arsene Wenger’s men, who are unbeaten in 21 games against Everton on home soil, with the Toffees last away win against the Gunners coming back in January 1996 at their old Highbury home.
* Everton to end their away day misery against Arsenal – 13/2
* In form Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud to score any time - evens
* Both teams to score 8/13
SUNDERLAND v NEWCASTLE
This is one of the more curious fixtures in the Premier League calendar as the people of the North East of England like to believe the world grinds to a halt when these local foes go to war.
Still, it's always good to take another look at the goal that clinched a thrilling 4-3 win! https://t.co/7lKne5p1A5— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 23, 2015
Two great goals, but you chose Rooney's derby strike as your favourite ahead of Owen's. https://t.co/Qmp7Uzcxok— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 23, 2015
In reality, most of the football world views this as two struggling teams doing battle in a match that counts for very little, but let’s not ruin their fun by letting them in on that little secret.
* Sunderland to win 1-0 – 8/1
* Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic to score any time – 17/10
* Red card in the match 13/8
MANCHESTER UNITED v MANCHESTER CITY
This weekend of Premier League action will work its way to a crescendo with the Manchester derby at Old Trafford, with memories of the epic clashes between the two title challengers flooding the Twittersphere in the countdown to the match.
United boss Louis van Gaal has claimed that City are favourites to win a game that will give a big indicator to the title credentials of the home side, with the Theatre of Dreams certain to be humming for this mouthwatering showdown.
* The derby to finish as a draw – 11/5
* Man Utd skipper Wayne Rooney to score any time – 7/5
* An own goal I the match 15/2
Here is our €50 Premier League bet for this weekend, in association with Paddy Power:
The Manchester derby to finish as a draw – 11/5