By Josh Powell | European Under-21 Championship
It’s hard to decide who is having a worse European Under-21 Championship, Stuart Pearce or Paddy Power? ‘Psycho’ has had to watch his team get beaten by Italy, humiliated by Norway and will probably be shown the door by the FA in the next few days, paving the way for a depressing move to the Match Of The Day couch alongside Mark Lawrenson. Paddy Power is curled up in a ball in the corner of his office listening to Adele after forking out the guts of €100,000 to punters in his Money-Back Special. Bleak times.
Paddy Power is refunding losing single bets on first goalscorers, last goalscorers, correct scores and scorecasts on Under-21 Championship games if there are more than three goals. The tournament has only been going on for five days and the special has already clicked 63 per cent of the time.
Five of the eight matches so far have been goal-fests with Norway’s thumping of England being one of them and the Netherlands’ demolition of Russia was added to the list last night. Look away now Paddy, here are the five games that have cost you a pretty penny.
Israel 2-2 Norway
Netherlands 3-2 Germany
England 1-3 Norway
Italy 4-0 Israel
Netherlands 5-1 Russia
England’s tournament might be over and Stuart Pearce’s career is probably going with it, but that won’t stop punters benefiting from the Money-Back Special. Tonight the Three Lions try to save whatever dignity they have left against the hosts Israel.
Israel might have the worst defensive record in the tournament but they can somehow still qualify with a high-scoring win and a favour off the Italians. England aren’t exactly water-tight at the back themselves and are worryingly close to being the nation’s most embarrassing entry since Katie Price tried to enter the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005.
Paddy’s Money-Back Special won’t keep Stuart Pearce in a job and it won’t help the English national team recover from another embarrassing tournament, but it will keep your bank balance happy.
Now let’s get all blindly-optimistic and giddy about Rio 2014 instead.