By Josh Powell | Betting news
With Manchester United and Chelsea both banging in 4-2 victories it was always going to be a profitable weekend for punters who like betting on correct scores. One lucky punter in particular would have been dancing in the streets after the London derby thanks to Gary Cahill’s opener and a monster 650/1 shot.
Gary Cahill to score first and Chelsea to beat Tottenham 4-2
Chelsea hadn’t won at White Hart Lane since 2005 but the league leaders had only dropped two points going into the game and a lot of punters fancied the derby to end all square.
Hats off then to the brave punters who did not shy away from the correct score bets that before the game looked optimistic and, to be honest, a little mental. The 4-2 correct score could be backed at a whopping 55/1 and Gary Cahill to open the scoring was a tasty 33/1.
But the most credit has to go to the one Paddy Power punter who called the correct scorecast at a stunning 650/1. Juan Mata’s double will have delighted Paddy Power punters as our huge MBS clicked but one punter in particular was enjoying it more than most.
‘I didn’t even watch the match until it was 1-1’, says Kieran. ‘I saw Cahill had scored first but I still remained very optimistic. Torres missed a sitter at 3-2 and I could’ve strangled him but when Sturridge bagged that goal in the 90th minute I didn’t know how to react. The only thing I regret is not putting more money on it!’
Mark Noble to score first and West Ham to beat Southampton 4-1
Mark Noble had his most prolific year in front of goal last season as he banged in eight in the Championship and he got off the mark at the weekend with a brace against Southampton.
This was probably the most profitable game of the weekend for punters with the correct score backed at 22/1, Noble to open the scoring at 14/1 and the English midfielder to score two or more at a cracking 45/1.
The best bet of the game was once again scorecast bet of Noble to score and the Hammers to win 4-1 that paid a delightful 200/1. A number of punters crashed in on Sam Allardyce’s men to thump the Saints with Noble to score first and it left Paddy emptying his pockets again.
Man United HT 2-1, Man United FT 4-2
Half-time/Full-time correct score bet
United are still yet to lose to Stoke in the Premier League, winning eight of the nine games against them and it was an emphatic 4-2 win at the weekend. But they had conceded two or more goals in three of the seven matches before the Stoke match and had gone behind in five of those games. This was another match that followed that form and a number of punters were sharp enough to crash in.
The half-time/full-time correct score paid a whopping 175/1 with a fair amount of punters correctly backing that outcome. The slightly more conservative punter who just predicted the 4-2 correct score still gobbled up a cheeky 40/1.
There were a number of punters delighted to see Stoke’s opening goal be an own goal as that meant Rooney’s equaliser paid out as the first goal. So their Rooney to score first, United to win 4-2 scorecast was a winner at a cracking 100/1.
Shane Long to score first and Man City to beat West Brom 2-1
Manchester City left it late but it wasn’t just City fans who were celebrating Edin Dzeko’s late strikes on Saturday. A number of punters had backed West Brom’s Shane Long to open the scoring with City to win 2-1 at a price of 125/1. We’re guessing it was squeaky-bum time in the last few minutes with the sides deadlocked but super-sub Dzecko came up with the winner and set up a cracking night on the tiles courtesy of Paddy.
Grant Holt to score first and Norwich to beat Arsenal 1-0
Arsenal were unbeaten in four games on the road up until Saturday evening when they came a cropper at Carrow Road. In an acca-busting game Norwich pulled off the surprise of the weekend beating Wenger’s men 1-0. It was Grant Holt who scored the only goal of the game and gave a few lucky punters a number of reasons to go dancing on Saturday with a 75/1 winner.