By Josh Powell | Sports writer
There was plenty of top-notch action at the weekend and a couple of surprise results that punters correctly called and left Paddy Power emptying his pockets. A handy hat-trick from Luis Suarez added to punters joy and Torres scoring first in a Chelsea 2-1 win was the icing on the cake as Paddy Power took a bashing over the weekend.
Jan Vertonghen to score first and Tottenham to beat Manchester United 3-2
Not many people expected Spurs to break a 23-year hoodoo and win at Old Trafford on Saturday. Even fewer people probably expected them to win 3-2 with central defender Jan Vertonghen opening the scoring. But one Paddy Power punter did and he helped himself to a whopping price of 475/1.
Tottenham hadn’t won at the Theatre of Dreams since 1989 and many people fancied United to continue that incredible run against the Londoners. But some poor defending from Sir Alex Ferguson’s side cost them and Spurs came away 3-2 winners.
Although there was only one punter to get on the scorecast there were a fair few people who nailed the half-time/fulltime correct score bet of 2-0 at the break and 3-2 at the final whistle at a tasty 425/1. A considerable number of punters also jumped on the Vertonghen to score and Tottenham to win wincast which paid out at 30/1. Certainly not a bad way to kick-start your Saturday evening.
Luis Suarez to score first and Liverpool to beat Norwich 5-2
There were plenty of smiles on Merseyside this week as the Rodgers revolution exploded into top gear with a demolition job of Chris Hughton’s Norwich. There were few smiles bigger than those of the Paddy Power punters who correctly called the Suarez and Liverpool 5-2 scorecast bet at a whopping 300/1. No doubt that Grant Holt consolation goal in the 87th minute was treated like a World Cup winning penalty!
This game was particularly profitable for punters with an incredible number on the second-half correct score of 3-2 to Liverpool which was a cracking price of 90/1. A good number of Paddy Power punters correctly predicted that second half score and would have been dancing in the streets as the goals were flying in.
Luis Suarez has history over Norwich after bagging a hat-trick at Carrow Road last season. He was at it again on Saturday as he took home the match ball and a large number of punters correctly predicted he’d net a hat-trick at 25/1. The bet was done and dusted with over half an hour of the game to spare. Here he is netting his third and sealing that winning bet. Sterling work.
Fernando Torres to score first and Chelsea to beat Arsenal 2-1
The seemingly obvious winning bets are the most frustrating to look back on and this one certainly has a hint of being easy to predict. Hindsight truly is a wonderful thing. Chelsea and Arsenal both went into this game unbeaten so it was always going to be a tight affair but with so many attacking players on show from both sides you could expect goals.
Chelsea to win 2-1 was 10/1 and punters lapped up the double figure price believing Chelsea would continue their impressive start to the season. Some punters went even better though putting the 2-1 into a scorecast bet with Torres to score first. The Spaniard duly obliged hooking his foot around Thomas Vermaelen to volley into the back of the net. Punters were sent loopy as the final whistle went with a delightful 50/1 scorecast to start their Saturday in style.
Everton to beat Southampton 3-1, bet in-running
Correct score bet
Not the biggest price you’ll see but an example of how profitable betting in-running can prove to be if you get it right. Paddy Power punters jumped on to the toffees after they conceded an early goal to Southampton, fancying Everton to continue their cracking run of form and come back to win. A number of them believed Everton had goals in them and went for David Moyes’ side to win 3-1 at a tasty 10/1 in-running.
By half-time the toffees were indeed 3-1 up thanks to Leon Osman and a brace from Nikica Jelavic and punters were just hoping that Everton would take their foot off the gas in the second half. Luckily for everyone who was on the correct score bet there were no further goals and they were able to count up their winnings after some very shrewd in-running betting.