By Josh Powell | Betting news
Luis who? Liverpool showed no signs of missing their top striker by thumping six past a Newcastle side whose French contingent were only a baguette and a beret away from living up to every stereotype as they surrendered early in the second half.
The away fans were treated to a 6-0 spanking of the Magpies as Luis Suarez watched on from the sidelines after taking a nibble of Branislav Ivanovic. If you spent your Saturday evening watching repeats of You’ve Been Framed on ITV you probably saw someone from the mid-90’s sitting on some plastic garden furniture that topples backwards to everyone’s amusement. You also missed out on earning enough dough for a 10 day holiday of sun, sand and sangria and Jordan Henderson scoring a brace.
There were more than a few punters who spotted potential value in Suarez’s absence and some shrewd betting cost Paddy Power an arm and a leg on Saturday night.
Liverpool to beat Newcastle 6-0
Correct score bet
The last time Liverpool knocked six past an opponent in the Premier League Taio Cruz was top of the charts, Ryan Babel was scoring braces in the top-flight and Aston Villa were just three points off the Champions League places. How things have deteriorated for Paul Lambert and Mr Cruz.
Hull were the team on the end of the thrashing and it was September 2009. More than three years later Liverpool knocked six past Newcastle and a handful of punters called it spot on to the tune of a 500/1 correct score bet.
Even with hindsight it is difficult to understand how these punters pulled out the correct score. Top scorer Luis Suarez was banned, Brendan Rodgers’ side had drawn the last three on the spin and Newcastle had won the last two head-to-heads at St James’ Park.
Whether it was a stroke of genius, a moment of enlightenment or a few to many afternoon pints it did the trick. Much to Paddy’s expense.
Liverpool to beat Newcastle 4-0
Second half correct score bet
This second half correct score was still a cracking bet but slightly more understandable than the one above. Liverpool have had a couple of strong second half performances this year knocking three past Norwich (twice) and Wigan after the break and four past Swansea in February.
It must be something they put in the oranges.
Newcastle crumbled after the break as Liverpool knocked another four past the sorry Magpies. The second half result left keeper Rob Elliot with a bad back and Paddy Power with empty pockets.
To score two goals or more
You know things are going badly for your team when Jordan Henderson looks like a world beater. The 22 year-old midfielder has just 14 professional goals in 181 appearances and had only scored two goals in a game once, in a 4-2 win for Sunderland against Wigan in April 2011.
That was before he casually rolled the ball into the back of the net against Newcastle and followed up with a flukey/perfectly weighted free-kick curled into the bottom corner.
Three punters showed the size of their cajones by punting Henderson to step up to the plate with Suarez missing, and they were healthily rewarded with a 70/1 shot.
Look at what you could have won…
Daniel Agger to score first and Liverpool to win 6-0
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