By Josh Powell | Betting news
It wasn’t the most exciting Premier League weekend despite a Super Sunday line-up that deserved the full hype-machine treatment, but that didn’t stop punters taking Paddy to the cleaners. Three of Saturday’s eight games ended goal-less and there were just 20 goals in the ten matches as some teams near the bottom tried to patch up their leaky defences. It’s squeaky bum time all round in the top flight but there were still some brilliant gambles from punters cashing in on some monster prices.
HT Reading 0-1 West Brom – FT Reading 3-2 West Brom
Half-time/Full-time correct score bet
One Paddy Power punter had either been on the sauce on Friday night or has the kind of mystic abilities that Darren Brown would be proud of. They called Reading’s home game with West Brom exactly right as the Baggies led 1-0 at half-time before Reading’s unbelievable turnaround in the last nine minutes.
It was 225/1 for that to be the case with a half-time/full-time correct score bet and the punter who called it spot on could have had a night on the town tripping the light fantastic courtesy of Paddy.
There were plenty of other punters who cashed in on Reading’s incredible come-back. The second-half correct score of Reading to win 3-1 was backed at 50/1 and West Brom to be winning at half-time with Reading to win come the final whistle saw a handful of bets at 25/1.
Brian McDermott wouldn’t have been the only one celebrating the Royal’s dramatic victory at the Madejski as plenty of Paddy Power punters backed the relegation-threatened side to come up with the goods. Enough punters were lucky enough to cash in and had a night out on Paddy rather than having to embarrass themselves by watching Splash.
Frank Lampard to score first and Chelsea to beat Stoke 4-0
Jonathan Walters’ nightmare day at the office for Stoke wasn’t just good news for Chelsea fans and makers of ‘Football blooper videos’. It was also great news for punters who backed Frank Lampard to score first in the game. That’s because own-goals do not count, meaning that despite Walters nodding two well-taken goals into the back of his own net, when Lamps slotted his penalty past Asmir Begovic he was the first goalscorer.
Cue plenty of celebrations from the punters that had backed Mr Unwanted to score first and Chelsea to win 4-0 in a 175/1 scorecast bet. When Edin Hazard smashed a screamer past the flailing keeper it was job done for punters who just had a little over 15 minutes to hold on.
Chelsea’s solid away form eased the pressure on Rafa Benitez and was good news for punters who backed Stoke to get a rare thumping at the Britannia. Plenty of people backed the European champs to win 4-0 in a 33/1 correct score bet and a couple of punters correctly backed the half-time/full-time correct score bet. Chelsea to be leading 1-0 at the break and then win the match 4-0 was 100/1 which could have teed up a Saturday night of madness that would make Charlie Sheen proud.
James Milner to score first and Manchester City to beat Arsenal 2-0
On the Paddy Power Blog’s scale of ‘Premier League deadliness in front of goal’ ranging from Gervinho to RVP, James Milner ranks somewhere near the bottom. The England midfielder has just six goals in over 70 hours of football for Manchester City and scores, on average, once every 707 minutes.
It takes some big cajones then to back Jimmy Milner to open the scoring against the Gunners, but that’s exactly what he did. He emphatically lashed home the opener and set punters on their way to a winning 150/1 scorecast bet.
Edin Dzeko knocked in the second before showing off a t-shirt message that a maximum of two people in the Emirates could understand and that was all Paddy Power punters needed. There’s nothing like a 150/1 winner to cure any January blues.