Sometimes it pays to take a gamble, ride your luck or, if there’s a chocolate hobnob up for grabs, risk it for a biscuit. Whether it’s jumping on the train and hoping there’s no ticket guy on the way to town, or trying to impress someone by doing a ‘David Brent’ in the middle of the dancefloor when you get there, we salute your balls.
You might end up looking like a drunken fool whose had to cough up a ridiculous amount for a train ticket, but one night it will come off and you’ll be a hero.
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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.
Scorecast: Stoke to beat Manchester United 2-0 and Jonathan Walters to score first
One punter has £1 staked at 400/1
- Stoke have beaten Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford four times in their history. Back in 1932, 1936, 1952 and most recently, 1972
- The last time United lost a league match 2-0 at home was against Everton in March 1991
- Jonathan Walters has scored in 28 games for Stoke City since he joined in 2010 – Stoke have gone on to lose just four of those 28 matches
It’s a mid-table six-pointer for David Moyes’ men but after West Brom and Southampton came away from Old Trafford with something to show, one punter fancies Stoke to head back home with all three points. It’s difficult to back United the way they’re playing but throwing in Jonathan Walters and Stoke to win 2-0 at the Theatre of Dreams still makes this a Stupid Punt.
Correct score: Sunderland 0-5 Newcastle
20 punters are on at 225/1
- The Tyne-Wear Derby has ended 5-0 at Sunderland just once in history. It went Sunderland’s way in November 1930
- Newcastle have scored five or more just once before away at Sunderland. It was on Boxing Day in 1955 when they won 6-1
- The last time Sunderland conceded exactly five goals at home in the league was in 1981 when Manchester United secured a 5-1 victory
The Newcastle Brown Ale might have gone to a few Geordie heads as a staggering 20 punters are backing Newcastle to meet their fiercest rivals 5-0. It isn’t exactly a popular scoreline in a Tyne-Wear Derby but Newcastle will fancy their chances against a Sunderland side in disarray at the foot of the table. All 20 of those fans will be hoping the Magpies can turn it into a five-star performance.
Scorecast: Arsenal to beat Crystal Palace 5-1 but Marouane Chamakh to score first
One punter has £1 on at 475/1
- Marouane Chamakh has opened the scoring just twice in 51 Premier League appearances for Arsenal, West Ham and Crystal Palace
- Arsenal beat Crystal Palace 5-1 away in 1969 and beat them 5-1 at the Emirates in 2005
- The Gunners have scored in 27 consecutive away games in all competitions
Arsenal are well-backed to beat Crystal Palace on Saturday without getting out of second gear. The Gunners are hotly tipped to knock a fair few past the manager-less Eagles, but one punter is putting his cajones on the line by backing former Arsenal flop Marouane Chamakh to get the goal-fest rolling.
Arsenal to win 5-1 at Crystal Palace – not a ridiculous bet. Maroune Chamakh to open the scoring – Stupid Punt!
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