By Josh Powell | Sports writer
There was plenty of top-notch action at the weekend as a couple of heroes emerged with teams bagging last-minute winners and equalisers at the death. With so much late drama this weekend there would have been a fair few squeaky-bum moments for punters and the Paddy Power Blog has taken a look at some of the bigger priced winners.
Joleon Lescott to score first and Manchester City to draw 1-1 with Arsenal
It seems so obvious now. Games between these two have tended to be quite tight with the last three ending 1-0. Both Manchester City and Arsenal have had reasonable starts to the season and fancied their chances at the Etihad Stadium and a draw now seems like an obvious choice. Joleon Lescott is no stranger to the back of the net with his physical presence from set pieces and having scored eight already in a City jersey it wasn’t ludicrous to assume he might find the onion bag again.
Lescott was a handy 33/1 to open the scoring and plenty of people took advantage with several Paddy Power punters going even better and predicting the Joleon Lescott to score first, 1-1 scorecast, helping themselves to a tasty 150/1 price and thus making Sunday dinner even better.
Victor Anichebe to score first and Everton to beat Swansea 3-0
Everton have been hotter than a Mila Kunis and Tulisa wet t-shirt competition this season and of course in hindsight this looks like an obvious bet. Swansea are a strong team, especially at the Liberty Stadium, but are they as good as the media-hype surrounding their start to the season? Maybe not. Everton have been in scintillating form and had it not been for a few dodgy calls on Monday against Newcastle they could have been even higher in the table.
Victor Anichebe scored in the 88th minute on Monday and earlier on in the game had a goal wrongly ruled out after it appeared that the ball had crossed the line. A few clever Paddy Power punters were backing Anichebe’s sweet run of form to continue and for him to score first and Everton to win 3-0 paid a delicious 100/1 scorecast bet.
Everton started the game against Newcastle very well and there were an incredible number of punters who fancied them to be leading 2-0 at half-time and win 3-0 at 60/1. A lovely half-time, full-time correct score bet, and no doubt punters were delighted to see Maroune Fellaini come up with the third goal seven minutes from time.
Here’s that Anichebe opener that sent punters on their way to a cheeky 100/1 win.
Southampton to beat Aston Villa 4-1
Correct score bet
This one certainly wasn’t obvious but a number of punters cashed in as Southampton picked up their first win of the season. The Saints had been thumped 6-1 by Arsenal last week and with Aston Villa certainly not as bad as some people were making out it appeared like this game could be there for the taking for Paul Lambert’s men.
Punters who’d backed this bet must have been a touch concerned at half-time with Villa 1-0 up courtesy of Darren Bent but Southampton did the business for them in the second half. A great performance from Nigel Adkins’ team put them 3-1 in front before Rickie Lamberts 90th minute penalty made it four and sent Paddy Power punters who’d backed the 50/1 shot loopy with excitement.
Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd half-time, Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd full-time
Half-time/Full-time correct score bet
Another bet that after the event looks like it should have been frustratingly easy to call. With the circumstances surrounding the match it was always going to be a tight first half with neither team wanting to go into the break behind. As it turned out Liverpool settled considerably better and Manchester United, who couldn’t get going in the opening 45 minutes, spent a lot of time with their backs to the wall. They defended well and survived a few scares to go in at half-time at 0-0.
Just over six minutes after half-time and it was 1-1 with a large number of supporters frantically cheering on a United goal to seal a whopping 40/1 half-time/full-time correct score bet. Mark Hasley’s decision to give United a penalty with little over ten minutes to go on the clock might not have pleased the majority at Anfield but Paddy Power punters will have been celebrating as hard as Gary Neville himself when Robin Van Persie’s spot kick hit the back of the net.