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Lionel Messi Costs Us £60k In Refunded Bets – Plus More Specials

by Rob Dore | April 4, 2012

Lionel Messi scoring the first goal in last night’s game between Barcelona and AC Milan wasn’t a certainty but it was as close as you can get in football. The Argentinian genius scored twice from the spot to put the Catalan side through to the Champions League semi-finals. Thanks to the geniuses in our ‘Think Up The Specials’ department, Messi scoring first cost us over £60k in refunded bets.

It doesn’t end there though as we roll out a veritable plethora of football specials over the next five days. First up is tonight’s Chelsea v Benfica Champions League quarter-final second leg at Stamford Bridge. If Fernando Torres scores last in this game we’ll be giving money back. Don’t laugh, the Spanish striker has now bagged four in his last three games and has been playing really well since Robert DiMatteo took over from Andre Villas-Boas.

A man most certainly in top goalscoring form is Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse, who bagged both goals in Newcastle’s 2-0 win over Liverpool on Saturday. That brace brings his tally to seven goals in seven games since his £9m move from Bundesliga side Freiburg. If Cisse scores the last goal in Friday’s game against Swansea we’ll be refunding losing bets.

Next up is Stoke v Wolves on Saturday at 5.30pm on ESPN. If Peter Crouch scores the last goal in this game, guess what! That’s right, we’ll be refunding losing bets. Crouchie has twelve league goals this season and has scored in three of Stoke’s last four games.

Things go a little mental on Sunday with three money-back specials. In the two big Premier League games we’ll be refunding bets if there are five or more goals. Man United take on QPR in the 1.30pm game on Sky Sports 1. United are fighting for the title and QPR are fighting for survival so you can be certain of a lively game with plenty of goal-mouth action. Then in the 4pm game Champions League-chasing Arsenal host title-chasing Man City. Both sides know how to stick the ball in the back of the net with a combined 138 goals between them this season. As long as they score five or more times between them on Sunday, you’re golden.

To finish it all off on Sunday evening we’ll be giving money back on the Real Madrid v Valencia game, live on Sky Sports 1 from 8.30pm, if Cristiano Ronaldo scores the last goal. He does have 37 goals in 30 league games for Real Madrid this season so it’s less likely for this one not to click.

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