By Josh Powell | Stupid Punt
Sometimes when you hear one of your mates describing his football bet in the pub, it sounds like an idea right out of Miley Cyrus’ book of smart moves. You smugly return to your pint, fairly confident that your pal would have got more enjoyment throwing his money into an alley and watching a gang of tramps fight it out.
But every now and again one of those massive gambles clicks, and the punter nails the elusive cocktail of bravery, genius and luck.
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, like this particularly shrewd racing punter did on Monday.
Here are three of the more outlandish bets in the book for this weekend’s games and some stats that try to back them up.
Correct Score – Manchester City 7-0 Everton
One punter has staked £2 at 500/1
- Manchester City’s biggest previous win over Everton at home was a 5-0 hammering in December 2000.
- The last time The Toffees were beaten 7-0 on the road was in May 2005 when Arsenal put seven past them at Highbury
- Burnley were the last team to leave Manchester after a 7-0 hammering by City. It was in a league match in December 1968
You won’t see Everton on the end of a hockeying too often in the top flight, but one punter thinks they’re due a good tonking. Roberto Martinez was no stranger to heavy defeats when he was at Wigan, and Manchester City might be out to prove a point after getting played off the park by Bayern Munich on Wednesday. It would break plenty of records, but a 7-0 scoreline in the 12.45pm kick-off would be a great way to start the weekend for all the neutrals.
Scorecast: Suarez to score first and Liverpool to beat Crystal Palace 7-0
One punter is on at 200/1
- The last time Liverpool won 7-0 at Anfield it was in a league game against Tottenham on September 1 1978
- In the 16 league games that Suarez scored in last season, 38 per cent of the time his goal was the first of the match
- Liverpool’s biggest win previously over Crystal Palace was a 6-1 victory in 1994
It would be no surprise to see Luis Suarez opening the scoring this weekend as he returns to Anfield for his first game since the biting ban. It wouldn’t be too surprising either to see Liverpool knock seven past Palace who look pretty likely to be playing Championship football next season.
In fact, the most surprising thing about this punt is that the Paddy Power traders are only offering 200/1. They must be smoking something pretty strong in the office this week.
Scorecast: Robin van Persie to score first and Man United to beat Sunderland 7-0
One punter is on at 1250/1
- Manchester United have never beaten Sunderland 7-0, although they have thumped them 5-0 before, in 1996 and 1966
- The last time United managed to score seven away from home in the league it was 1963. Ipswich were the team on the end of a 7-2 scoreline
- In February 2012 Robin van Persie was the man who opened the scoring when Arsenal beat Blackburn 7-1. He scored after less than 120 seconds and went on to net a hat-trick
It takes a brave man to back this kind of United performance in their current form. David Moyes’ men have struggled to create too many scoring opportunities in the Premier League this season so needing them to knock in seven is a huge ask.
What isn’t that surprising is having RVP to start the rout. There’s every chance the Dutch striker will open the scoring in the North East on Saturday evening, and then it will just be a case of how many United get.
At least one punter will be hoping it’s seven.