The chocolate in the advent calender has gone to a few heads this week as the chaotic seasonal time of Christmas results in some even more ridiculous bets.
The Paddy Power Blog celebrates football punters who take a risk at huge odds and could potentially come out a few grand richer.
Stupid Punts have been running all year and those that have come up trumps can spend Christmas sat on their throne in the Punting Hall of Fame, gorging on wildly expensive turkey and making snow angels in the stuffing after too much sherry.
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: Carlton Cole to score first and West Ham to beat Liverpool 2-0
One punter has stuck £1 on at 400/1
- West Ham have never beaten Liverpool 2-0 on Merseyside, and only ever beaten them 2-0 twice in their history. Back in 1956 and then again in 1976
- The Hammers haven’t won at Anfield for 50 years. Their last win was a 2-1 victory in September 1963
- Carlton Cole has scored just one Premier League goal in 2013, the same number as Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic
West Ham haven’t enjoyed many good times in Liverpool and are no doubt welcomed back in to the city with open arms by the Kop. The last time West Ham won at Liverpool The Beatles were number one with She Loves You. That stat, combined with Carlton Cole to turn around his dire goalscoring form, makes this a very Stupid Punt.
Scorecast: Jay Rodriguez to score first and Southampton to beat Man City 4-2
One punter is on at 600/1
- Jay Rodriguez has a conversion rate of 16 per cent this season and has scored first for Southampton in their last two games
- Saints have beaten City 4-2 at home once before. On November 9 1963 in the old Division Two
- The last time City were beaten 4-2 away in the league was in August 2008. John Carew opened the scoring that day and Gabby Agbonlahor netted a hat-trick
Manchester City’s away form is far from bomb proof and despite a recent run of form Southampton could inflict a further blow to Manuel Pellegrini’s title charge. Jay Rodriguez isn’t a bad bet to open the scoring and Manchester City’s leaky defence might not put up the most resistance. Whether Southampton can repeat the trick of 1963 and win 4-2 is another matter.
Scorecast: Yohan Cabaye to score first and Newcastle to thump Man United 7-1
One punter has stuck £1 on at 2500/1
- Newcastle have won 7-1 at Manchester United once before 86 years ago. It was September 10 1927, and unsurprisingly we have no idea who scored
- Since joining Newcastle in 2011, Yohan Cabaye has averaged a goal every eight hours of Premier League football
- The last time Man United conceded exactly seven goals at home was, incredibly against Newcastle, when the Red Devils were beaten 7-4 in 1930
If this result doesn’t end David Moyes’ reign at Old Trafford nothing will. It has been 83 years since Newcastle scored seven goals away to Manchester United, and 86 years since they beat them exactly 7-1. If they repeat that feat and Yohan Cabaye starts the rout then Moyes could be out of a job by Sunday. At least he’ll be able to go to this punter if he needs a few quid.
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