The international break might disrupt Coronation Street’s schedule, but it doesn’t do any damage to some of the more outlandish punts coming in to Power Tower. If anything, the heart rules the head more than ever when your nation is at stake and customers haven’t been slow to put on some Stupid Punts.
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Here are three of the more outlandish bets in the book for tonight’s games and some stats that try to back them up.
Scorecast: Leighton Baines to score first and England to beat Chile 4-0
One punter is on at 275/1
- England have kept a clean sheet against Chile in four of their five meetings in history – although they have never won more than 2-0
- The last time England won a friendly game 4-0 was against Slovakia in March 2009 when Emile Heskey opened the scoring
- Baines has one international goal to his name and it came in a 5-0 win over Moldova in a qualifying match in September 2012
England’s record against Chile is solid and one punter fancies them to kickstart the road to Rio in emphatic style. Backing an English left-back to open the scoring might not be the smartest move – but with Leighton Baines potentially starting it might not be such a bad idea. Partly because of his set-pieces and partly because he’s infinitely more likeable than Ashley Cole.
Scorecast: Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score first and Sweden to draw 3-3 with Portugal
One punter is on at 275/1
- Four of the last five games between Portugal and Sweden have ended all square – with 2-2 being the highest scoring of those draws in April 2004
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic has an incredible 18 goals in his last 20 games for Sweden
- Portugal drew 3-3 quite recently with Israel in March this year, but the last time Sweden played out a 3-3 draw was in November 2002 against Czech Republic
It’s being teed up as the battle of the egos as Cristiano Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic go head to head for a place in the World Cup next year. One punter has either let all the excitement get to their head or they’re really convinced this is going to be a six-goal thriller with Zlatan getting the ball rolling. We presume, if he does open the scoring, it will be a 35 yard thunderbolt that is hit with all the arrogance and nonchalance the man possesses.
Scorecast: Robbie Keane to score first but Latvia to beat Ireland 3-1
One punter has lumped £6 on at 375/1
- Latvia have never beaten Ireland in the four previous meetings between the two nations
- The last time Latvia won a friendly game 3-1 away from home was in February 2008 when they thumped Georgia
- Robbie Keane’s international scoring record is unbelievable and the Dublin lad has seven goals in nine games for Ireland in 2013
The Robbie Keane part of this bet is not ridiculous in the slightest, the Latvia to win 3-1 part probably is. But forget the stats for one minute, and just imagine Roy Keane’s face at the final whistle if this does happen. Better still, imagine his press conference afterwards…
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