Punters who win a bet at huge odds deserve the lavish praise that comes their way. Every one can pick a short-priced favourite, but cashing in an outside bet requires luck, skill, a little bit of thought and a heap of faith. But Easter is a time for miracles, so why not stick your neck out on a crazy scorecast this weekend while you gorge on those tasty little golden Lindt rabbits.
The Stupid Punt celebrates those punters who take a risk at huge odds and could potentially come out a few grand richer, as well as adorning our Punting Hall Of Fame. Here are three of the more outlandish bets in the book for this weekend’s Premier League games and some stats that try to back them up.
Scorecast: Jon Flanagan to score a hat-trick against Norwich
One punter has £1 on at 500/1
- Flanagan has scored just one goal in more than 43 hours of Premier League football for Liverpool. That came 75 minutes in to the 5-0 spanking of Tottenham at White Hart Lane in December
- The defender has had just five attempts on goal in 19 appearances this season, but as three of them have gone on target, that gives him an accuracy rate of 60 per cent. Incredibly that makes him five per cent more accurate than Luis Suarez
- There have been three hat-tricks in the last four games between Norwich and Liverpool so the precedent is there. Unfortunately for this punter Luis Suarez got all three of those match balls.
The only reasonable explanation for this bet is that the punter is Jon Flanagan’s Nan. Either that, or Brendan Rodgers is tinkering with his line-up and playing the young Englishman up front to torment the Norwich defence. We can’t think of any more remotely reasonable explanations…
Scorecast: Nemanja Vidic to score first and Man United to beat Everton 5-1
One punter is on at 2000/1
- Manchester United have beaten Everton 5-1 twice in their history. Once in 1963 and then again in 1999 when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored four
- Nemanja Vidic has played almost two whole days of football since he last bagged a Premier League goal. That was the winner against Liverpool in January 2013
- The last side to beat Everton 5-1 at Goodison Park was Norwich in September 1993 – almost 21 years ago
David Moyes is bound to get a ‘special’ welcome when he arrives back to Goodison Park for the first time since jumping ship, and although Man United have nothing to play for, there will be plenty of pride at stake. A 5-1 thumping of his former club would arguably be Moyes’ best result as United gaffer but you get the feeling this point is more optimistic than realistic.
Scorecast: Connor Wickham to score first and Sunderland to beat Chelsea 3-0
One punter has £3 on at 2500/1
- Sunderland have only won once at Stamford Bridge in the last 12 years, however that was their one and only 3-0 win away to Chelsea. It was in November 2010
- Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten home league record at Stamford Bridge now stands at a staggering 77 games
- Connor Wickham is the second most accurate player at Sunderland – behind Jozy Altidore – with 67 per cent of his shots going on target. His two goals against Man City is bound to give him a little confidence boost heading to the Bridge
Chelsea know now any slip up will almost certainly hand the Premier League title to Liverpool, while Sunderland know they will need every point possible in order to avoid spending next season playing Championship football. Sunderland’s 2-2 draw against Man City was a shock result in midweek but this punter seems to have got a bit giddy off the back of it.
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