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Potty for Paolo: Sunderland give one punter a 150/1 winner

by Josh Powell | April 15, 2013

Di Canio Splatoon

By Josh Powell | Betting news

#IfWeKnewThen

The Premier League didn’t throw up too many surprises at the weekend but that didn’t stop punters crashing on some huge prices. At half-time in Saturday’s five three o’clock kick-offs there had been just one Premier League goal and the dreary sound of Charlie Nicholas’ Soccer Saturday analysis was worse than listening to Atomic Kitten’s attempt at a reunion.

Luckily for punters business picked up on Sunday and it took some seriously fluky well-judged gambles to empty Paddy Power’s pockets.

150/1

HT Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland – FT Newcastle 0-3 Sunderland
Half-time/Full-time correct score bet

There weren’t many people who had Sunderland down to win this feisty Tyne-Wear derby. The Black Cats form was horrific, new Sunderland managers historically struggle on their debut derby and Papiss Cisse had scored in his last three consecutive games for Newcastle.

One punter threw all the form out of the window and, presumably on a wave of Paolo Di Canio-inspired optimism, pulled out a screamer of a half-time, full-time correct score bet. Backing Sunderland to be 1-0 up at the oranges and going on to win 3-0 at St James’ paid out at 150/1.

Cue celebrations that would have made Di Canio look timid after David Vaughan smashed in Sunderland’s third with eight minutes to go on the clock.

100/1

Michael Carrick to score first and Manchester United to beat Stoke 2-0
Scorecast bet

A Manchester United victory yesterday wouldn’t have been too surprising. Stoke are on a shocking run of form and the Champions elect were expected to bounce back from that ‘pretty meaningless but still pride-knocking’ defeat to Manchester City. The odds therefore weren’t that appealing but throw in a correct scorecast and a couple of punters are nailing 100/1 shots.

Michael Carrick has arguably been one of United’s players of the season this year and his contribution isn’t going unnoticed. Despite the lavish praise heading his way he isn’t a renowned goalscorer so his scrappy effort, worthy of Sunday League goalmouth scramble status, would have had optimistic punters laughing.

Carrick’s goal-scoring record for Manchester United in the league now stands at 14 goals in 15,854 minutes. Or one goal every 19 hours.

80/1

HT Arsenal 0-0 Norwich – FT Arsenal 3-1 Norwich
Half-time/Full-time correct score bet

Arsenal’s top four challenge recieved another healthy boost after a smash-and-grab 3-1 victory over Norwich. Three goals in the last six minutes won it for the Gunners and secured an 80/1 correct score bet which had Paddy Power reaching for his Communion money.

Mikel Arteta’s penalty was as dubious as some of the so-called ‘talent’ on the new series of the Simon Cowell Saturday night love-in, but it kick-started the home side’s comeback. Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski got their names on the score-sheet, and in the space of five minutes Paddy had gone from counting his winnings to paying for the drinks all night.

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