By Josh Powell | Betting news
Three goal-less draws and just the one away win meant it was a tough weekend for punters to pluck some big prices out of the air. But despite this Paddy Power punters were still able to smash into some big prices and leave Paddy scraping the barrel with Christmas just around the corner.
West Brom HT 2-0, West Brom FT 4-2
Half-time/Full-time correct score bet
The Baggies are the in-form team in the Premier League this season and find themselves up in third, only three points off the top of the table. Their incredible home form has got them the majority of their 26 points but this away win against Sunderland put plenty of punters in profit.
The half-time/full-time correct score bet paid a tasty 500/1 to the two punters that correctly called it. After 80 minutes and with West Brom 2-1 ahead there seemed little hope that this stunning bet would come off, but three goals in the last nine minutes including Marc-Antoine Fortune’s late strike will have sent the punters bananas.
There was more money to be made on this game as a handful of people correctly called the correct score of 4-2 at a whopping 100/1. It was a tasty price for a Saturday lunchtime and will have set up a cracking weekend on Paddy.
Jamie Mackie to score first and Manchester United to beat QPR 3-1
For the sixth time in 13 Premier League games Manchester United came from behind to win and unsurprisingly many punters have jumped on to this trend. United were only 6/1 to win after falling behind but plenty of people took that price instead of the 1/5 for United to win the game and cashed in on the value.
But it was the few punters that called the scorecast who would have been celebrating harder than most. You could count on one hand the number of punters who correctly called Jamie Mackie to open the scoring and United to win 3-1 and they were able to cheer home a 200/1 winner. Mackie was well backed at 20/1 to open the scoring but there were very few sharp enough to correctly pull the scorecast out of the bag.
More punters actually called the half-time/full-time correct score bet of 0-0 and then 3-1 at a cheeky 80/1. Punters cleverly spotted that QPR had got to half-time level in half of their league games and the chance to impress the new gaffer Harry Redknapp would give them a reason to perform. True to form United were slow starters but eventually prevailed and treated punters to a tasty profit.
To score a hat-trick bet
Probably one of the most ambitious shouts of the weekend and a bet that not one of Paddy Power’s online punters called correctly. Jordi Gomez had scored just seven goals in 46 league appearances before the weekend which is, on average, a goal every six-and-a-half games. He was therefore an unsurprising 100/1 to take home the match ball on Saturday.
But he did just that. His 90th minute winner gave Wigan all three points and secured the strikers first Premier League hat-trick.
And although nobody had backed Gomez it still would have sent plenty of punters dancing in the streets. That’s because there were an incredible number of people who backed the half-time/full-time correct score bet of Reading to be winning 1-0 at half-time and Wigan to win 3-2 at a monster 175/1. For the first time in history more than 12 people were celebrating a last-minute Wigan winner.