Kevin Palmer's Premier League weekend flutter in aid of Temple Street Hospital
The finishing line is in sight in the Premier League title race and it seems as if the twists in the tale that have been predicted for many a long month may not arrive after all.
Victory for runaway leaders Leicester against West Ham on Sunday will move Claudio Ranieri’s men a giant step closer to an historic title success, with nearest rivals Spurs losing faith in their push to claim the top spot.
Our weekly Independent.ie bet for Dublin’s Temple Street Children’s hospital is listed at the bottom of this page and here are a few more bets that may entice you to part with you cash over the course of this Premier League weekend.
NORWICH v SUNDERLAND
Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has suggested this game is a must-win if his side is to beat the drop and once certainly must be that defeat at Carrow Road will all-but end their hopes of survival.
Third bottom Sunderland will fall a massive seven points behind their closest rivals Norwich with just five games left to play, with the huge prize for staying in the Premier League ahead of the new TV contract kicking in next August raising the stakes even more in this relegation scrap.
* Game to finish as a draw - 9/4
* Robbie Brady to score for Norwich - 11/2
* Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe to score two or more goals - 17/1
CHELSEA v MAN CITY
This showdown may have been picked out as a potential title decider when the fixtures were published last summer, yet fallen champions Chelsea and their most likely rivals for the top spot have endured miserable Premier League seasons.
The scale of Chelsea’s demise may only become evident when new boss Antonio Conte takes over this summer, with interim boss Guus Hiddink warning he faces a huge task to revive a team that has fallen apart in alarming fashion.
* Man City to win - 13/8
* Diego Costa to score first on his return from suspension - 7/5
* Red card in the first half of this match - 12/1
LEICESTER v WEST HAM
Leicester’s seemingly inevitable march towards the Premier League title may well be given one of its finishing touches if they can beat an impressive West Ham side on Sunday.
West Ham are smarting from their disappointing FA Cup quarter-final defeat against Manchester United on Wednesday, but Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has vowed to ensure his side finishing the season on a high as they push for a place in the Europa League for next season.
* Leicester to win 1-0 - 13/2
* West Ham fail to score - 13/8
* Both teams to score in a draw 7/2
STOKE v TOTTENHAM
Tottenham may be a massive ten points behind leaders Leicester by the time they kick-off at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night, yet Mauricio Pochettino’s side appreciate that nothing but a run of wins to end the season will keep their fading title push alive.
Stoke has struggled to turn their often windswept home into a fortress this season, with six defeats and a lack of goals for Mark Hughes’ side giving Spurs hope of picking up the victory they need.
* Tottenham to lead at half-time and full-time - 9/5
* Harry Kane to score two or more goals - 6/1
* Stoke to win 1-0 - 12/1
We were denied a windfall for our chosen charity by Jamie Vardy’s late goal at Sunderland last weekend, with our tip that Leicester would win 1-0 on course to give Temple Street Children’s hospital a windfall until the Foxes snatched a last gasp clincher.
We are hoping for better luck with this bet in association with Paddy Power:
€50 on Man City’s Sergio Aguero to score two or more goals against Chelsea at 6/1 (possible returns €350.00)