By Josh Powell | Betting news
The Premier League went absolutely mental on the final day of the season with 36 goals in 10 games, Jack Rodwell scoring twice, Kevin Nolan getting a hat-trick, Manchester Untied throwing away a three goal lead in the last ten minutes and Fulham winning away.
We were just a Tony Hibbert goal away from the end of the world.
Unsurprisingly there weren’t any punters backing the correct score in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last match or Norwich to beat City at the Etihad 3-2. Despite some of the craziest results of the season there was still some excellent punting out of left-field so a hat-tip to all these stunning punts.
Romelu Lukaku – West Brom v Manchester United
To score a hat-trick
West Brom’s top scorer needed just over 35 minutes to bang in a hat-trick against the Champions and secure three punters an 80/1 gamble. Romelu Lukaku had 14 goals to his name in the Premier League before being introduced at half-time on Sunday and turning the game on his head.
The Belgian striker has averaged approximately a goal a game this season for the Baggies and three goals on Sunday took his total to 17 – his best return in England. With that kind of record and Fergie’s decision to throw both Alex Buttner and Anders Lindegaard into United’s starting line-up maybe it isn’t that obscure a bet after all.
Swansea 0-3 Fulham
Correct Score bet
To say Fulham don’t do well away from home is like saying Ireland’s Eurovision entry was the biggest musical break-through since Oasis recorded (What’s The Story) Morning Glory. The Cottagers had won just three times on the road this season before travelling to Swansea and as my well-esteemed colleague Aidan points out, the Swans don’t mind notching up wins in dead rubber games.
Many people therefore weren’t expecting a Fulham win, let alone a 3-0 thumping of Michael Laudrup’s side. A handful of Paddy Power punters called it spot on though with the correct score and cashed in a 70/1 shot to end the season on a high.
Jack Rodwell – Manchester City v Norwich
To score two or more
Jack Rodwell hasn’t set the world alight since joining Manchester City from Everton last year. This is partly due to injury and partly due to the fact he simply isn’t good enough to play in a top four side. Even when he was playing more regularly at Everton he was hardly prolific in front of goal and before Sunday his average was a goal every 15 appearances.
It was either pure madness, ridiculous luck or a stroke of utter genius then that resulted in five Paddy Power punters backing Jack Rodwell to score two or more goals against Norwich at odds of 66/1.
Incredibly Rodwell duly obliged with a brace,giving those lucky punters a nice little windfall and causing some clueless pundits to call for Rodwell to be back in the England squad. Ouch.
Darren Bent to score first and Aston Villa to draw 2-2 with Wigan
Before the weekend Darren Bent had played just two hours of Premier League football since November. The out-of-favour Villa striker didn’t hang about on Sunday though and netted within five minutes as he tried to add a few digits to his price tag this summer.
Two punters backed Bent to open the scoring in a 2-2 draw with Wigan and cashed in on a winning 60/1 shot. Somebody in the Power Tower kitchen scoffed that only Bent’s Nan would have backed him in a scorecast but sadly she doesn’t have an account with us.
Fair play to the two punters that gambled on Bent to still have his knack in front of goal. The drinks are on them.
Look at what we could have won…
Due to the nature of a bananas day of Premier League action, here are some of the biggest bets that were practically impossible to call.
- West Brom 5-5 Manchester United
- Anthony Pilkington to score first and Norwich to beat Manchester City 3-2
- Kevin Nolan to score first and West Ham to beat Reading 4-2