Paddy Power has refunded all losing 1st /last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast single bets on the Estonia v Ireland and England v Spain games.
The chickens may not have hatched just yet but we can hear them tweeting away and tapping on the inside of their shells.
Ireland winning wasn’t a shock, especially considering how well they perform away from home under Trapattoni but few would have predicted a result as decisive as the one they enjoyed in Tallinn. Four away goals to the good and half the Estonian first team suspended for the second leg in Dublin, it really couldn’t get any better for the Irish fans. No wait, I’m wrong it actually did get better because for some reason we ran a special offering money-back if Ireland won. Which they did. So if you placed a losing first/last goalscorer, correct score or winning margin bet on Friday night’s game you’ll now be counting the money you’ve been refunded as well as those soon to hatch chickens.
The question now is whether they can confirm their place at Euro 2012 in similar style at the Aviva on Tuesday night.
Plus we refunded on England after they put in a hard-working, professional display against the European and World Champions. The most promising thing about this game wasn’t the result, it was just a friendly after all, but the energy and confidence of the younger players on show and the fact that the squad was largely made up of players who had earned their place with their form for their clubs, not because they have the most number of caps. If Capello continues his policy of picking the best players based on form then England can go the Poland and Ukraine with genuine hopes of picking up their first major trophy since some time back in the sixties. I can’t remember exactly when, it’s so rarely mentioned.