Weekend flutter: Kevin Palmer reveals his charity bet ahead of the FA Cup action
We got back to winning ways in our Independent.ie bet last weekend, as Leicester’s Jamie Vardy earned our charity another windfall.
Our punt on Vardy scoring in his side’s top of the table clash at Arsenal last Sunday secured Dublin’s Temple Street Children’s hospital a healthy win and we are looking for more as the FA Cup dominates the soccer agenda this weekend.
Here are some of the most tempting bets for this week, with our latest bet in association with Paddy Power listed at the bottom.
Bournemouth v Everton
This is a huge tie for Everton boss Roberto Martinez, with the Goodison Park regulars getting more than a little restless as his side’s season threatens to crumble around them.
Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill should have plenty of ponder if Bournemouth’s Harry Arter and Everton’s James McCarthy go head to head in the midfield for a fifth round tie that is so tough to predict.
* Bournemouth’s Harry Arter to score the first goal - 12/1
* Everton’s Seamus Coleman to score any time - 10/1
* Bournemouth to win by one goal - 4/1
Blackburn v West Ham
West Ham chairman David Gold purchased the original FA Cup that dates back to 1896 not so long ago and his dream is to get his hands on the modern version during his time as owners of his beloved Hammers.
He has a real chance to realise that dream this season as Slaven Bilic's side look to secure a quarter-final spot at Ewood Park. Paul Lambert’s Blackburn will fancy their chance of causing an upset.
* Blackburn to win 9/4
* Dimitri Payet to score for West Ham - 5/2
* Penalty in this game 10/3
Tottenham v Crystal Palace
The presence of Emmanuel Adebayor in a Crystal Palace shirt at White Hart Lane will send a shiver of trepidation down the spine of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
His long-running spat with Adeabyor over terminating the Togo striker’s contract is fresh in the memory and the controversial striker will be keen to plunge a dagger into Tottenham hearts on Sunday.
* Crystal Palace to win - 5/1
* Both teams to score 15/8
* Emmanuel Adebayor to score first - 9/1
Chelsea v Man City
This heavyweight battle at Stamford Bridge may be a little diluted if City boss Manuel Pellegrini opts to field a weakened side ahead of next week’s Champions League clash against Dynamo Kiev.
Pellegrini must be tempted to rest key players ahead of the trip to Ukraine, with Sergio Aguero among those who may start on the bench. Chelsea will be without injured skipper John Terry.
* Chelsea to win by two goals - 4/1
* Man City fail to score - 6/4
* Diego Costa to score a hat-trick - 25/1
Here is our weekly Independent.ie bet in association with Paddy Power:
€50 on Emmanuel Adebayor to score first in the Tottenham v Crystal Palace FA Cup tie on Sunday at 9/1 (potential returns €500)