The combination of alcohol, excessive amounts of turkey and Brendan O’Carroll TV shows does some strange things to people and already during this Christmas season we’ve seen some outlandish bets.
If you don’t have a dream, how are you ever going to have a dream come true and as our Punting Hall of Fame shows, even the most speculative bets come good from time to time. This week, plenty more people are trying to earn their place in the Hall of Fame and The Paddy Power Blog is here to give you a few stat bombs to accompany your craziest bets.
Correct Score: Norwich to beat Manchester United 5-0 Two punters are on at 500/1
- Norwich have never scored more than four goals in a game against Manchester United
- Their biggest wins over United were a 4-1 win in the League Cup back in 1980 and a 3-0 FA Cup win in 1959
- The Canaries have never won 5-0 in the Premier League, but they did win by that scoreline against Colchester in League One in 2010
United are back to winning ways, but their performances are still far from convincing. While defeat at Carrow Road is definitely possible, such a resounding scoreline looks highly unlikely. The last couple of times they even came close to something similar was the 4-1 League Cup win almost 34 years ago and the 3-0 FA Cup win nearly 55 years ago – around the time Fidel Castro and Che Guevara were rolling into Havana after successfully masterminding the Cuban Revolution.
Correct Score: Manchester City to beat Crystal Palace 10-0 Six punters are on at 325/1
- City’s biggest win over Crystal Palace was an incredible 11-4 victory that happened in the 1925/26 FA Cup
- The Citizens have recorded one 10-0 league win in their entire history. It came in 1899 against Darwen FC in Division Two.
- Palace have never lost 10-0. Their biggest league defeat was a 9-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool in 1989
- We’ve also had a handful of bets for a 3-0 Palace win at 500/1
Given City’s free-scoring home form, there’s a certain logic to this. They’ve given Norwich, Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Newcastle sound trashings at the Etihad. Still though, this is a Tony Pulis side and one that has improved under his short tenure. Getting ten goals past the likely 9-1-0 formation he’s likely to deploy will be tricky. City have managed the scoreline previously, but it was 114 years ago against a team who now ply their trade in Division Two of the North West Counties League, the 10th tier of the football pyramid.
Scorecast: Raheem Sterling to score first and Liverpool to beat Chelsea 5-0 One punter has stuck £1 on at 2250/1
- Sterling has scored six goals in 54 appearances for Liverpool
- Half of his goals for the Reds have come in the last month
- Liverpool have beaten Chelsea 7-4 (1946), 6-0 (1935) and 5-1 (1996, 1910), but never 5-0. Their biggest win at Stamford Bridge is 5-2 and that happened in 1989
Probably still drunk on both Christmas Day alcohol and the resounding 5-0 win in London over Spurs a couple of weeks back, optimism is in plentiful supply for one Paddy Power customer. Presumably BT Sport wasn’t in plentiful because Sterling’s finishing against Manchester City was less than convincing. Chelsea have never lost 5-0 to Liverpool home or away and the prospect of that might just be Jose Mourinho’s idea of living hell. Liverpool did beat Chelsea 5-2 at the Bridge in 1989 thanks in large part to a brace from the body attached to Ian Rush’s moustache. That day the Reds were 2-0 inside five minutes and 3-0 up inside 23.