By Josh Powell | Betting news
The FA Cup took over from the Premier League last weekend but that didn’t stop punters cashing in on some huge bets and taking Paddy Power to the cleaners. Paddy is up to his mitre in Rome pricing up who the next Pope will be but it is Arsene Wenger who is praying for a miracle.
His Arsenal side were dumped out of the cup by Championship-side Blackburn Rovers and while the Gunners might spend another season trophy-less, some punters were celebrating a monster scorecast winner.
Colin Kazim-Richards to score first and Blackburn to beat Arsenal 1-0
There will be at least one man wearing an Arsenal shirt on Tuesday night who is still in the FA Cup. Gunners fan and Blackburn striker Colin Kazim–Richards was the man who scuffed a shot into the ground and watched it loop into the back of the net courtesy of the post. His goal probably means an eighth season without any silverware for Arsenal but a couple of lucky punters will be celebrating a 200/1 winner.
There may be 22 places between the two sides and Kazim-Richards had only scored 32 goals in an eight-year career going in to the game, but that didn’t stop some cunning punts. Arsenal had failed to score in just one game in the previous 16 so it was a remarkable call to predict that Colin Kazim-Richards would get the goal in a 1-0 win for Blackburn to nail a 200/1 scorecast.
HT Huddersfield 0-2 Wigan – FT Huddersfield 1-4 Wigan
Half-time/Full-time correct score bet
Wigan had won just one league game in the last 12 so it took a brave few fans to put their cajones on the line and call a convincing win against Huddersfield. The Latics went to the Galpharm Stadium and thumped the Terriers 4-1 with a couple of Paddy Power punters showing punting balls of steel to nail the half-time, full-time correct score bet.
Arouna Kone’s late goal will have sent these fans bananas as the striker secured a 225/1 winner and guided Wigan to the quarter-finals.
Chris Dagnall to score first and Barnsley to beat MK Dons 3-1
Chris Dagnall had scored four goals in his last six games before Barnsley’s clash with MK Dons and his double on Saturday secured a 100/1 winning scorecast for a handful of punters.
It got off to the perfect start for punters on the scorecast when Dagnall fired in after just 143 seconds to give the Championship strugglers the lead. But it will have got very nervy over the next 88 minutes as the Tykes headed towards stoppage time 2-1 in front. Fortunately for punters Dagnall was on hand again to smash the ball into the roof off the net in the first minute of added time. He sealed the 100/1 winner and helped empty Paddy’s pockets again.