By Josh Powell | Betting news
The Premier League returned to its goal-filled, drama-packed best at the weekend after a couple of slow weeks in the top-flight. Strikers up and down the country finally shook off that last portion of Christmas turkey in training earlier in the week and the goals were flying in again. Aston Villa looked comfortably on their way to a vital three at half-time in the Hawthorns, but their dreadful defending came back to haunt them and handed punters a massive 200/1 payout.
HT West Brom 0-2 Aston Villa – FT West Brom 2-2 Aston Villa
Half-time/Full-time correct score bet
Punters must be absolutely loving West Brom this month. After battering Reading for 82 minutes last week, their eight minute collapse left one punter counting up his winnings after a 225/1 half-time – full/time correct score bet. The Baggies are involved again this week, and although it was their turn to celebrate a second half turnaround it was Paddy paying the price again.
A few lucky punters correctly predicted that Aston Villa would be 2-0 up at the break but West Brom would come back to earn a hard-fought draw. It was a surprisingly entertaining game on Saturday evening and once Peter Odemwingie netted the equaliser there was just six minutes of squeaky-bum time left on the clock for Paddy Power punters.
The point just about kept Villa out of the drop-zone, but more importantly paid for a night out on the town for a few lucky punters who called it absolutely spot-on.
Yohan Cabaye to score first and Reading to beat Newcastle 2-1
Everything isn’t exactly rosy on Tyneside these days. The new series of Byker Grove isn’t being commissioned, Ant and Dec have had a falling out because Dec deleted The Only Way is Essex off the Sky box and Newcastle haven’t won in the league since December 22nd. Many people felt the Magpies could turn that form around against relegation-threatened Reading but one punter knew they’d throw it all away.
26 punters had a few pennies on Yohan to score the opener in a 2-1 win for the Toon Army but one fella had cajones big enough to bank on another poor performance by Alan Pardew’s men. His correct 175/1 scorecast meant Paddy was getting the drinks in for the lucky punter as he celebrated Newcastle’s demise just as much as the Sunderland supporters club.
Double delight on two or more goals
Jonathan De Guzman 55/1
Adam Le Fondre 19/1
Steven Fletcher 16/1
David Silva 15/2
Four players banged in braces over the weekend as the Premier League strikers found their form in front of goal once again. The likely suspects of Luis Suarez and Robin Van Persie were on target again but it was these four lads who gave punters a healthy pay-out.
Jonathan De Guzman had just three Premier League goals to his name before Saturday but punters correctly backed him to get at least a brace against Stoke as Swansea reignited that early season style.
Steven Fletcher was supposedly doing plenty of gym work over the summer as Scotland failed once again to qualify for a major tournament, and that’s been quite handy as he’s spent the season carrying the rest of the Sunderland team. His two goals paid out a tasty 16/1 as Adam Le Fondre’s Geordie-bashing brace gave a couple of punters a 19/1 winner.
David Silva hasn’t found his electric form of last season but he showed the top-flight exactly what he can do with two goals against a Fulham side who were consigned to defeat about half way up the M6. City fans were able to celebrate the gap at the top of the table being reduced to five points and punters had another 15/2 winner to shout about.