Chelsea face Arsenal this weekend in the early kick-off on Saturday and the powers that be in Power Tower have decided to give punters their money back as a free bet, if Eden Hazard scores at anytime in the game. Now we’ve seen some pretty dubious PR techniques in our time – we’ve even seen a good few this week. But bar designing and releasing a Bingo-related poster that manages to offend a huge proportion of our audience, this the craziest.
Yes, Paddy had a few good results at Cheltenham and threw an after-party to prove it (Sean still hasn’t returned, we’ve informed his missus). However there’s only so much free booze and erotic twerking can mask when it comes to some pretty silly Money-Back Specials.
So here’s five key points as to why it’s a great offer for punters this weekend. That way if Eden Hazard does score at any time against Arsenal at least we can smugly retort that, ‘We told you so’, as the boss is given an ass-whopping by the shareholders.
1. Bar Sergio Aguero, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, nobody in the top flight has scored more goals than Eden Hazard. He has 13 in 30 appearances and that gives him an average of almost a goal every other game.
2. The man doesn’t make a habit of missing. This season in the league he has a conversion rate of 30 per cent. To put that into context Sturridge has a conversion rate of 28 per cent with Suarez down on 23 per cent. Robin van Persie and Sergio Aguero’s conversion rates are 26 per cent as well.
3. Worryingly, considering his conversion rate, Hazard isn’t exactly shot shy. Olivier Giroud will be the only man on the pitch on Saturday who has attempted more shots on goal this season than Hazard, but the Belgian midfielder’s 64 per cent accuracy dwarfs Giroud’s tally of 40 per cent on target.
4. Chelsea have failed to score at home to Arsenal just once in their last 18 games and six of the last nine goals the Pensioners have scored past the Gunners have come from midfielders. The trends suggest Mourinho’s side will find the target and Eden Hazard is a front-runner to put the ball in the onion bag.
5. Hazard isn’t just a flat-track bully. Yes, he’s knocked in a hat-trick against Newcastle and helped himself to a couple of braces against Cardiff and Sunderland. But he’s also bagged against Tottenham, Liverpool and Bayern Munich this season, to silence the critics who suggest he can’t do it on the big stage.
So there you have it Boss. You can’t say we didn’t warn you.