The Premier League has arrived and our Punting Hall of Fame is waiting for its first new member of the season. Getting your seat is easy, simply click a ridiculous-looking punt at crazy odds and the fame, the honour and the glory is all yours. It’s all about making the crazy, look inspired in hindsight.
At the Paddy Power Blog we admire these crazy punts and we reward those who click a bet at mad prices. If you never have a dream, how are you ever going to have a dream come true after all?
Here are three of the most outrageous bets we’ve found in the Premier League book this week.
Scorecast: Wilfried Bony to score first and Swansea to win 3-1
One punter has stuck 74p on at 500/1
- Swansea have beaten Man United 3-1 once before in their history – 82 years ago in a Division Two league game
- The last time Man United lost a home game 3-1 was over nine years ago. Chelsea picked up the 3-1 win at OT on that occasion in May 2005
- Bony scored nine goals in Swansea’s last 14 games of last season – three times more than any other Swansea player. That’s the kind of form Garry Monk will want his striker to bring into the start of the new campaign
If Wilfried Bony can pick up where he left off last season, he’ll give Chris Smalling and Phil Jones plenty to think about in the lunchtime kick-off. However it is hard to see Man Utd losing 3-1 at home under the new Louis Van Gaal era and Swansea’s history doesn’t reflect a string of convincing wins over the Red Devils. That might explain the 74p stake, as this punt is bordering the thin line between optimistic and ridiculous.
Scorecast: Brede Hangeland to score first and Crystal Palace to beat Arsenal 2-0
One punter has got 35p riding on it at 800/1
- Brede Hangeland has opened the scoring against Arsenal once before, scoring the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win for Fulham back in August 2008.
- Hangeland has eight goals in 217 league appearances – although six of them came in the 2010/11 campaign. In the last two years he has managed just 12 shots in 58 league games, and just two of them have been on target. That’s just 17 per cent of his shots finding the target.
- Palace have won just three of their 35 games against Arsenal (a win rate of just 8.5 per cent) however they did win 2-0 away in a League Cup game in November 1970.
Palace are in a bit of turmoil losing their manager a couple of days before the new season kicks off, and when the next man in line looks like it could potentially be Malky Mackay, it’s understandable the gloom around Selhurst Park. A 2-0 win over the FA Cup holders could brighten the mood but with Hangeland to score first it looks like a stupid punt. The defender has been very wayward with his efforts over the last two years and expecting him to bury a header at the Emirates is asking a lot.
Scorecast: Philippe Coutinho to score first and Liverpool to beat Southampton 8-0
One punter has £1 on at 2000/1 – He also has £1 on Sterling and 8-0 at 1750/1 as well as Sturridge and 8-0 at 1000/1
- Liverpool have never scored eight goals in a Premier League game, however they have won 7-1 back in January 1999. Their opponents on that occasion were, of course, Southampton.
- Saints have never lost a Premier League game 8-0, although along with the 7-1 defeat to Liverpool, they have also lost 7-1 away to Everton in 1996 and 7-2 away to Tottenham in 2000. They’re not immune from a Premier League hammering.
- Just 38 per cent of Philipe Coutinho’s 71 shots were on target last season – one of the worst accuracy rates in the whole side. He managed just five goals in 33 games and will need to improve on that seven per cent conversion rate if he’s to open the scoring.
Southampton fans will no doubt remember the two hammerings they took on Merseyside in the 1990’s and they’ll be fearing another defeat after the mass exodus over the summer – whether it’s an 8-0 thumping is a different matter. One Paddy Power punter seems almost certain the match will end 8-0 to Brendan Rodgers’ men, and the only question that remains is who will open the scoring?
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