By Josh Powell | Stupid Punt
Every risk you take has to be calculated. Miley Cyrus took a fairly hefty gamble this week and came out being slated across the board. Folk even went so far as comparing her to a turkey’s arse, which, although we’ve been called worse things on the Paddy Power Blog, still isn’t very complimentary.
That gamble of ‘twerking’ clearly backfired, but we’re giving her kudos for being brave enough to take that chance.
The Stupid Punt celebrates those Premier League punters who take a risk at huge odds and could potentially come out a few grand richer, as well as adorning our Paddy Power Blog Punting Hall Of Fame. All of which without gyrating Robin Thicke, wearing a flesh-coloured bikini or rubbing yourself with a giant foam hand. Win, win!
Here are three of the more outlandish bets in the book for this weekend’s games and some stats to try to back them up.
Correct score – Liverpool 6-1 Manchester United
One punter has £12.60 staked at 500/1
- Liverpool have beaten Manchester United by five goals in the league before, in a 5-0 victory in the old Division One in September 1925
- The last time Liverpool won 6-1 at Anfield was on February 19 against Brighton in the FA Cup
- It is close to two years since Manchester United’s famous 6-1 mauling at the hands of local rivals Manchester City
David Moyes’ record at Anfield is appalling. From 12 games he has drawn seven and lost five, so expecting United to struggle isn’t exactly far-fetched. The scoreline maybe so, however the 6-1 humbling by City is still fresh in the memory of many United fans. Despite having Vidic back and fully fit, the Red Devils have kept just one clean sheet in their last six top flight matches, but watching them concede six is pretty unthinkable.
Correct Score – Arsenal 7-1 Tottenham
One punter has placed this bet at 500/1
- Arsenal have beaten Tottenham by six goals before – a 6-0 win away in March 1935
- The Gunners scored seven past Blackburn, Reading and Newcastle in 2012
- Tottenham’s record away defeat is a 7-0 loss to Liverpool in a Division One game in 1978
A high scoring North London Derby isn’t uncommon. There have been 30 goals in the last five meetings between Arsenal and Tottenham so a big scoreline is very possible. Arsenal have bagged eight goals in the last three games and this kind of unexpected victory would certainly ease the pressure on Arsene Wenger and the Gunners’ board with deadline day approaching.
Scorecast – Ahmed Elmohamady to score first and Hull to beat Man City 1-0
One punter is on at 650/1
- Elmohamady has four goals in 7,089 minutes of English football. One of these goals came in the Premier League – for Sunderland in a 2-2 draw with West Brom in October 2011
- Hull beat Manchester City 1-0 in August 1988 in the old Division Two
- Manchester CIty’s last six defeats at home have all been by a single goal, and two of those results were 1-0
This takes Stupid Punt to a whole new level. Yes, Manchester City were beaten by newly promoted Cardiff last week, however expecting City to be beaten by Hull at the Etihad is something else. Hull haven’t scored from open play this season, and the last time City failed to score at home was in November 2010 against Birmingham.
There’s a thin line between bravery and stupidity…