This year’s World Cup has had football purists purring. We’ve had plenty of goals, late drama and a feast of entertainment as the underdogs but it up to the footballing heavyweights. It’s understandable that punters have been getting giddy over the action we’ve been spoilt with, but some of the merriment might have gone to their heads.
Clicking a punt at massive odds takes a delicate cocktail of skill, courage and luck and it often borders on the super-thin line between crazy and genius. And at the Paddy Power Blog we award punters with the cajones to go for some of the more bananas bets.
The Punting Hall of Fame awaits for any one who manages to click a monster punt, and here are four of the most outrageous bets on the quarter-finals over the weekend.
Scorecast: Karim Benzema to score first but Germany to win 5-3
One Scottish punter has stuck £1 on at 1500/1
- Germany have won 5-3 on five occasions, beating Hungary (1930 and 1942), Switzerland (1942 and 1954) and Finland in 1925. It is 60 years since they last won a game by that 5-3 scoreline
- France, on the other hand, have never lost 5-3 before in international competition
- Nobody has attempted more shots in this World Cup than Karim Benzema (24) but his conversion rate is just 15.8 per cent
Half-time / Full-time correct score: HT Colombia 2-1 Brazil / FT Colombia 3-5 Brazil
One punter from Kildare has staked £10 at 500/1
- Brazil have never beaten Colombia 5-3, although they have scored exactly five goals past them on two occasions. In a 5-0 win in 1949 and a 5-1 victory in 1963. Brazil’s biggest World Cup win over Colombia was a 6-0 thumping in 1977
- Colombia have never been beaten 5-3 in an international, although they did lose 5-2 to Chile in 1966
- In the 24 games since the 2010 World Cup, Colombia have lost just once when they have been leading at half-time. That’s a strike-rate of just four per cent
Correct score: Belgium 5-1 Argentina
Two punters are on at 500/1
- Belgium have won 5-1 four times in their history – against Holland (1926), Sweden (1935), the mighty Irish (1950) and, most impressively, Brazil in 1963. It’s been more than half a century since they last won 5-1 however
- Argentina have lost 5-1 just twice in their international history, against Paraguay in 1945 and Brazil in 1960
- In three games these sides have played against each other, Argentina lead the head-to-head 2-1, however in none of the games did both teams find the target
Scorecast: Joel Campbell to score first and Costa Rica to beat Holland 3-1
Two punters are on at 400/1
- Joel Campbell has one goal to his name in this World Cup (against Uruguay) however he has had five attempts and the other four haven’t even been on target
- Costa Rica have only won 3-1 twice in the last five years – against USA in World Cup Qualifying last year and against Uruguay in the opening game of Group D in this year’s tournament
- The last time the Dutch lost an international game 3-1 was in June 2008 against Russia in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals – but it took extra time to see them off