Tonight David Moyes will attempt to beat the reigning European Champions with a side that has already lost this season to West Brom, Swansea, Sunderland and Stoke. It would be reasonable to say that it is quite the ask for Man United.
The traders in Power Tower obviously feel the same way and have priced United up at 11/2 to win the first leg at Old Trafford against Bayern Munich – the largest price Man United have ever been in a home game according to the dusty history records hidden in Paddy’s second drawer underneath the naughty magazines.
To put that into context, Munich are deemed more likely, at odds of 10/3, to win tonight’s match by three goals or more.
It’s no surprise to see 83 per cent of punter’s cash in the W-D-W market heading onto Bayern at 8/15, but there is no fun in looking at sensible and educated punts online. It is far more interesting and hi-larious to look at the most ridiculous bets we’ve taken on the game.
Bayern Munich to win 7-0: 225/1
As unlikely as it seems 41 people have backed Munich to win 7-0 at Old Trafford. That would be the United’s heaviest ever defeat on home soil – making the 7-1 thumping by Newcastle in September 1927 look practically positive. In contrast just two people have backed United to win 7-0 at 500/1.
Michael Carrick to score a hat-trick: 500/1
One optimistic punter has stuck £1 on Carrick to score a hat-trick – whether this is Carrick’s missus or not is still a mystery. Carrick has scored three league goals in the last 109-and-a-half hours of football so expecting him to get three in 90 minutes against Bayern is hopeful. This punter has also completely disregarded the fact that Carrick has a 10 per cent conversion rate this season, meaning he’d need to have approximately 30 attempts on goal tonight to bag the match ball.
Danny Welbeck to score first and Man United to win 3-1: 350/1
Don’t worry that Bayern Munich have lost just two games in the last year and United are struggling in the Premier League this one is ‘bombproof’. After all Danny Welbeck has averaged a goal every 141 minutes this year which isn’t too shabby, plus he has a conversion rate of 30 per cent in the league! he’s opened the scoring in the top flight three times this season so the 10 punters backing this scorecast are probably happy as Larry. Or maybe they’re just on drugs.
Bayern to be leading 5-0 at half-time: 375/1
United have been behind at half-time in eight of their 14 matches in 2014, so backing Bayern to win the first-half isn’t exactly crazy. What is a little mental are the four lads backing the visitors to be winning 5-0 at the break. That’s the kind of scoreline that could get David Moyes fired before the 90 minutes is even up.
Wayne Rooney to score first and United to win 9-0: 2000/1
This is simply ridiculous to most people, but not to one punter who is so certain of the outcome they have stuck £10 on it. That’s the same £10 that could have been used to buy a few pints. Or a pizza. Even use it as scrap paper to write a list for the ‘Big Shop’. But no. You used it to back Rooney to score first and United to win 9-0. Bravo.