Kevin Palmer's Premier League weekend flutter in aid of Temple Street in association with Paddy Power
The bookies are among the big winners from a Premier League season that has been impossible to predict, with shock results flowing every week since the kick-off back in August.
This weekend’s fixtures throw up another host of unpredictable games, with any winnings from our Independent.ie/Paddy Power bet at the bottom of this page going to Dublin’s Temple Street Children’s Hospital at the end of the season.
Here is a selection of the best bets on the weekend matches, with punts on the unexpected more likely to pay off in this unfathomable Premier League season.
NORWICH v EVERTON
There are not too many Premier League fixtures that feature a host of Irish stars, but this is an exception, with the Norwich duo of Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady set to go up against their Republic of Ireland team-mates Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy.
The latter of that duo is a doubt with a hop problem, yet McCarthy’s absence would not derail an Everton side being propelled by the goals of Romelu Lukaku this season. The big Belgian already has 11 Premier League goals and he will fancy a few more at Carrow Road.
Romelu Lukaku to score two or more goals – 6/1
Wes Hoolahan to score any time for Norwich - 3/1
Everton to win away from home – 6/4
BOURNEMOUTH v MAN UTD
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal could conceivably finish this weekend’s Premier League fixtures with his side at the top of the table, yet he heads into this game under severe pressure after his side’s all-too predictable Champions League demise earlier this week.
The Old Trafford natives have been restless for some time as they struggle to embrace Van Gaal’s philosophy of boring and patient football and they are ready to turn against the Dutchman unless they see change. United did show a little more ambition in defeat against Wolfsburg on Tuesday and they need to show that inventive spark to get past a Bournemouth side buoyed by their win at Chelsea last weekend.
Man Utd to play out a seventh 0-0 draw this season – 7/1
Anthony Martial to end an eight game Premier League scoring drought – 9/5
Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter to score for Bournemouth – 9/2
LIVERPOOL v WEST BROMWICH ALBION
The dust has settled on Liverpool’s crash back down to earth at Newcastle last Sunday, with the rise and rise of Jurgen Klopp’s side stopped in its tracks in unexpected fashion at St James’ Park.
That dilution of expectations may help Liverpool get back to business against a West Brom side that will test them to the full at Anfield. Klopp’s side are not at their best when they have to uncork defensive minded opponents and the Baggies will make no excuse for trying to engineer a draw on Merseyside.
Liverpool to win 1-0 – 9/2
West Brom to score no goals – 8/11
Penalty taker James Milner to score – 11/4
LEICESTER v CHELSEA
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims table-topping Leicester are favourites to beat his battered champions on Monday night and when you consider current Premier League form, he might have a point.
Leicester’s brand of high energy football will trouble a Chelsea defence that do not like to be confronted with raw pace in their opponents, but expected Mourinho’s side to leave with at least a point.
Chelsea to win – 13/10
Leicester’s Jamie Vardy to score two or more goals – 9/1
Chelsea’s Diego Costa to score the first goal – 6/1
Here is our charity bet in association with Paddy Power: €50 double on Man Utd to beat Bournemouth and Chelsea to draw at Leicester (potential returns €402.50)