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Goals make gold! How you can boost your World Cup winnings by backing a winner and both teams to score in Brazil

Punters are cleaning Paddy Power out, but there's a bit of value you might be missing that gives you up to ten times the profit

by Josh Powell | June 17, 2014

The World Cup in Brazil has been a humdinger of a tournament with 44 goals in the opening 14 games. Just two of them have featured under 2.5 goals and we’ve seen the art of defending disregarded like Robbie Savage’s stylist. In it’s place, free-flowing attacking football that has made for a belter of a World Cup.

It’s also been great news for punters who have cashed in with plenty of the favourites coming good. Bar Spain’s thumping by Holland and Uruguay’s surprise defeat to Costa Rica, the well-fancied teams have duly obliged for punters meaning that Paddy has had to empty his pockets day after day. There’s been a bucketload of dodgy refereeing decisions but nothing has been able to stop the boss coughing up, as he chases his losses at Royal Ascot.

Incredibly, despite the success of many a Paddy Power punter, there is a sneaky bit of value that a few of you might have missed. The incredible amount of goals we’re seeing in each game lends itself to a bet on the win-draw-win and both teams to score market. This way you can back the favourite to win but get a far juicer price thanks to the reliance on the underdogs finding the onion bag. OK, so it’s not ideal in some cases, such as Argentina’s tussle with Iran, but in some of the tighter contests the extra bit of value can’t be ignored.


Above are the odds available at the start of the match for first game winners Brazil, Holland, Chile, Italy, Ivory Coast, Switzerland, Argentina and the USA. The green bars highlight the extra bit of value you would have had backing each side to win in a game where both sides score. The increases are pretty dramatic and, if you’d backed any of those eight teams to win with both teams to score, you’d be benefiting from, on average, four-and-a-half times more profit. To put that in terms not associated with musty classrooms pouring over long algebra, it’s a fair whack of extra pints and a large portion of chips and gravy on the way home, with change for a fry-up in the morning.

  • Brazil went off 3/10 to beat Croatia on the opening day, but punters backing the hosts to win and both teams to score got a tasty 16/5. That’s more than ten times the amount of profit thanks to Marcello’s own goal
  • Similarly Argentina were a super-skinny 2/7 to beat Bosnia in their opening game, but a wallet bursting 9/5 to win with both teams finding the onion bag. Again punters could have cashed in on more than six times the profit with Bosnia bagging a consolation goal
  • If you’d backed those eight teams in an accumulator you’d be pretty smug after clicking a 655/1 winner, however backing all eight teams in an acca with all 16 sides to find the net would have paid out a life-changing 529,728/1. Boom indeed

The expectation is that there should be plenty more goals and drama to come over in Brazil and football fans will be lapping it up for the next four weeks. Take advantage of some suspect defending by taking an extra piece of value courtesy of Paddy!

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