By Josh Powell | Betting news
It was a weekend of shocks with some of the league’s top teams like Manchester United, Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham all suffering defeats. The surprise results made it a perfect week for punters to take advantage of the big prices on show and cash in on the unexpected.
Anthony Pilkington to score first and Norwich to beat Manchester United 1-0
Six years ago Pilkington scored a hat-trick for Stockport County as they beat FC United of Manchester. Now he’s the man who got the only goal against Manchester United and helped a handful of punters to a delightful 175/1 winner. His cracking header after 60 minutes gave Norwich the win and dealt Sir Alex Ferguson his third league defeat of the campaign.
There were a number of punters who, unsurprisingly, hadn’t had a bet on the winning scorecast but made a profit off the 1-0 correct score. At 19/1 it wasn’t the biggest price of the weekend but had plenty of punters with cash in their pockets going in to Saturday evening.
Emmanuel Adebayor to score first and Arsenal to beat Tottenham 5-2
Who says lightening doesn’t strike twice? After last year’s 5-2 victory over their London rivals, Arsenal were at it again, handing out a thumping to Andre Villas-Boas and co. on Saturday afternoon. The 5-2 correct scoreline was jumped on by a few optimistic punters and paid out at a tasty 90/1. But Paddy Power got away with it as nobody had the correct scorecast of Adebayor to open the scoring and Arsenal to win 5-2.
There was plenty of money to be made else where though and punters crashed in on the 10/1 available for a red card in the first half and the 7/1 for Arsenal to come from behind to win. It was 45/1 for Arsenal to be winning 3-1 at the break so there were plenty of punters celebrating Olivier Giroud’s goal just before the half-time whistle.
Everton HT 0-1, Reading FT 2-1
Half-time/Full-time correct score bet
Everton hadn’t lost in the league since September 1st and Reading hadn’t collected three points at home this season. That all changed on Saturday and a few punters called it spot on.
There were a number of punters, presumably Reading fans who backed the Royals to win 2-1 at 12/1 and an optimistic few who had a few pennies on Adam Le Fondre to score two or more goals in the game. At 25/1 they were probably just as nervous as Brian McDermott when Reading won a penalty with ten minutes to go.
Although nobody nailed the 75/1 half-time/full-time correct score bet, there were a large number of Paddy Power punters who jumped on the 35/1 for Everton to be ahead in the first half but Reading to win.
David Silva to score first and Manchester City to beat Aston Villa 5-0
The City game was one of only a few at the weekend that went the way many people expected. Bar Villa’s performance for 45 minutes against Manchester United, Paul Lambert’s side have been pretty woeful this season and pundits and fans alike were expecting the Champions to give the Villans a pasting. And that’s exactly what happened.
Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez both netted twice after the break but it was David Silva who got the ball rolling. The correct score bet of 5-0 paid out a cheeky 17/1 and the scorecast with Silva to start the rout paid a cracking 66/1.
Shane Long to score first and West Brom to beat Chelsea 2-1
Another result considered a surprise by some of the pundits on the Match of The Day sofa, but not by our punters. West Brom have been solid at home this season and continued their impressive run over a Chelsea side who hadn’t won in three league games.
Shane Long has been one of the Baggies in-form men and netted his fourth league goal to open the scoring. A number of Paddy Power punters had correctly predicted the 50/1 scorecast and no doubt treated themselves to a take-away and a pint in front of the X Factor on Saturday night.