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Stupid Punt: The craziest bets you’ve placed on the Premier League this weekend

Paddy was stung with a few mad bets in the Champions League, and with Christmas around the corner there are a few more Stupid Punts that have the boss sweating this weekend

by Josh Powell | November 28, 2013

Stupid Punts come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have the same thing in common. Most of the time they won’t come in, people will take the mick and suggest you’d have been better strapping your few quid to a cat and launching it off a bridge.

But every now and then they do come in and that means you can take your seat in the Punting Hall of Fame. The cat has survived, you’ve beaten the odds and you’ve got cash in your pocket. Walk tall, flick your hair like you’re in the movies, you deserve it.

Just like these guys who backed Man United to win 5-0 at odds of 500/1 in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Paddy Power Blog celebrates football punters who take a risk at huge odds and could potentially come out a few grand richer and indulge in the good times the Hall of Fame brings.

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.

Wayne Rooney MBS spurs

Correct score: Hull 0-7 Liverpool
Five punters are on at 500/1. One lad has stuck £7.26 on it

  • Hull have failed to win in 16 attempts against Liverpool, losing five and drawing three of those clashes at home
  • Liverpool’s previous biggest win against Hull was a 6-1 victory at Anfield in 2009. Fernando Torres scored a hat-trick and even Ryan Babel bagged two
  • The last time Liverpool scored seven goals in a Premier League game they beat Southampton 7-1 in January 1999

The goals have been flowing for Liverpool of late, with 19 in the last seven games, but it’s been 14 years since they scored seven in a league game. This might be the perfect opportunity to buck that trend with Hull’s terrible record against the Reds, combined with Liverpool’s 6-1 demolition in 2009. If Brendan Rodgers’ front men find their shooting boots this bet might not be such a stupid punt.

Steven Gerard 10/8/2013

Scorecast: Wayne Rooney to score first and Man Utd to beat Tottenham 5-0
Three punters are on at 1250/1

  • Manchester United have beaten Spurs 5-0 once before. But it was all the way back on January 22 1910 at home
  • Wayne Rooney has averaged a Premier League goal every 154 minutes this season and boasts an 18 per cent conversion rate
  • The last time United won 5-0 away from home in the Premier League was against Wolves in March 2012

Manchester United responded to dropping two points in Cardiff by hammering Bayer Lervekuson 5-0 in Germany, and three punters fancy David Moyes’ side to make it two 5-0 wins on the spin. United have a couple of 5-0 league victories away from home in the last three years and Rooney is a man in form. It is hard to see Tottenham shipping goals as easily as they did against City last week though.

Scorecast: Sergio Aguero to score first and Man City to beat Swansea 8-1
One punter has stuck £1 on at 1250/1

  • City have averaged 4.1 goals a game at home this season, but they haven’t scored exactly eight at home in the league since beating Barnsley 8-3 in 1925
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 10 goals in nine home games this year and has a 29 per cent conversion rate in the Etihad in the league
  • The highest scoring game previously between these two sides was in August 1927 when City beat Swansea 7-4 in Manchester

Manchester City’s goalscoring record at home this season is ridiculous, and the Citizens have racked up 2o goals in their last four league games at the Etihad. With Sergio Aguero in the vein of form he’s in currently he is a short price to bag the opener and for many punters it might just be a case of how many City get. They’ve hit Norwich for seven and Spurs for six. If they hammer eight past Swansea it will make this punter’s Christmas.

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