By Josh Powell | Stupid Punt
There is a thin line between bravery and stupidity, and that well-worn saying rings true for football punters. One disallowed goal, a dubious offside decision or a classic Fernando Torres cock-up could make or break your outlandish bet.
The bets that adorn our Paddy Power Blog Punting Hall Of Fame are there due to some punting knowledge, a slice of luck and a whole lot of bravery. We want to celebrate that bravery.
It’s like watching your pal go up to the hottest person at the bar and trying it on. It is likely to end in rejection, and the odds are they will get knocked back, BUT there’s always a chance it will come off and they’ll have some stories to tell you over breakfast.
Either way they’ve shown balls to even try it and on the Paddy Power Blog we want to celebrate your balls – or more specifically your bravery. HR will have a field day if we start publishing pictures of punter’s testicles.
Here are three of the more outlandish bets in the book this weekend and some stats we’ve dug out to try to back up the mind-boggling predictions.
Correct score – Chelsea 10-0 Hull City Tigers
Four punters are on at 500/1
- Chelsea have put eight past Wigan and Villa in the last three years
- Hull’s biggest ever defeat was an 8-0 loss to Wolves in December 1911
- Manchester United’s 9-0 win over Ipswich is the biggest Premier League victory ever
It would be a record-breaking scoreline but more than one punter feels Chelsea have it in them to whip Hull City tigers 10-0. Jose Mourinho is back (as is Steve Bruce!) and The Special One has an array of talent to choose from in the middle of the park. Chelsea are long odds on to win the match, and 10-0 would send an emphatic message to their title rivals.
Correct score – Arsenal 1-5 Aston Villa
One punter has a £20 stake at 500/1
- Villa have beaten Arsenal 5-1 four times before in 1979, 1976, 1931 and 1909
- Last April Villa hit six past Sunderland
- 15 per cent of Premier League games last year had four goals or more
This punter is relying heavily on Christian Benteke picking up where he left off last season and Arsenal stuttering to get going. The Belgian striker knocked in seven goals in five pre-season games and it’s important to remember that Per Mertesacker turns as quickly as a cruise ship. A £10k return certainly wouldn’t be a bad way to kick-off the new season.
Correct score – Swansea 7-0 Manchester United
One punter has a £5 stake at 500/1
- United have lost 7-0 on three occasions in the league – to Blackburn in 1926, to Villa in 1930 and to Wolves in 1931
- Swansea won by four or more goals once last season – winning their opening game 5-0 against QPR
- Michael Laudrup’s side have already beaten Malmo 4-0 at home in the Europa League this month and have conceded just twice to United in the last four games at the Liberty Stadium
The incredibly premature #MoyesOut hashtag will be in full force if Swansea tonk United 7-0. The Red Devils haven’t had a great pre-season and Ferguson initially struggled when he first took charge but this manner of defeat would take it to a whole new level. Swansea hit the ground running last season and have already found their grove after convincingly putting four past Malmo.
While you could almost grasp some kind of logic in the first two, this is simply just a stupid punt.