The majority of football fans were tucking into yet another highly mediocre ‘Super Sunday’ on Sky at the weekend, while Swansea and Stoke dodged the limelight to play out a very entertaining 3-3 draw with plenty of goalmouth action. The big game between Arsenal and Manchester United hardly threatened to get going, but is was a different story in South Wales.
One Paddy Power punter would certainly have had more than one eye on events at the Liberty Stadium. He had a 350/1 scorecast bet on Jonathon Walters to open the scoring and the game to end 3-3, a punt that got off to the best start possible after eight minutes, as Walters gave Stoke the lead.
Just over an hour and a half later and a ticket to the Punting Hall of Fame (not to mention a cheeky £702) was secured. The fame, admiration and glory of your peers, plus a nice wad of cash with Christmas just 43 days away.
As with most of these big bets, it came down to the wire with three goals in the last 15 minutes as first Swansea, and then Stoke, fought back from behind to salvage a result.
The punter probably owes referee Robert Madley a pint if they ever meet, after the man in black awarded a controversial penalty to Stoke, with more than four minutes of additional time on the clock. The ref decided that Wayne Routledge had handled in the area and Charlie Adam’s cool penalty netted Stoke a point, and one punter a tidy pay out.
A seat in the Punting Hall of Fame awaits. The champagne and fine steaks are on the way.
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