The Punting Hall of Fame welcomed a handful of new entrants this week as 14 punters correctly predicted MK Dons to thump Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United 4-0 in the League Cup. That punt at 500/1 probably looked bananas beforehand, but in hindsight the bet was inspired and those lucky punters have been swaggering around ever since.
The beauty of those ambitious punts is the thin line between genius and ridiculous. Clicking a bet at huge odds requires luck, skill, ambition and a little bit of nous, so here at the Paddy Power Blog we tip our hat to those brave enough to try them.
Here are three of the most outrageous bets we’ve found in Paddy’s Premier League book this week as punters try to etch their name into the Punting Hall of Fame.
Scorecast: Danny Ings to score first and Burnley to beat Man United 3-0
One punter has stuck £1 on at 400/1
- Burnley have beaten Man United 3-0 at home three times in their history. In 1915, 1958 and most recently in September 1965.
- Worryingly Danny Ings is yet to register a shot on goal after hitting a combined four shots off target against Swansea and Chelsea
- The last time Man Utd lost 3-0 on their travels was in the North-East when Newcastle beat them 3-0 at St James’ Park in January 2012. Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye found the net on that occasion before Phil Jones put the ball past keeper Anders Lindegaard in stoppage time.
It has been almost 50 years since Burnley beat Man United 3-0 at home, but one optimistic punter will be hoping that is the case at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon. Danny Ings will be eager to register his first goal of the season against a make-shift United defence but it’s hard to see Louis Van Gaal’s side perform as badly as they did against MK Dons midweek. They couldn’t get a second hammering in four days could they?
Correct score: Man City 0-3 Stoke
Three punters are on at 500/1
- Stoke have beaten Man City 3-0 on four occasions, however none of these victories came away from home. Stoke won 3-0 all the way back in 1902, 1906, 1948 and 1967
- In the last 15 meetings between these two sides in Manchester dating back to 1981, Stoke have won just once. That was a 1-0 win at Maine Road in a Division One game in October 1997
- It has been almost four years since Stoke won an away game 3-0. Jon Walters bagged a brace after Mathew Etherington opened the scoring in a 3-0 victory against West Brom at The Hawthorns in November 2010
Stoke aren’t renowned for being particularly strong on the road. That’s probably sugarcoating it a lot, because the Potters have won just five league games on their travels in the last two seasons. Expecting them to get a result against Manchester City at the Etihad is one thing. Expecting Stoke to somehow keep a clean sheet against City’s wealth of attacking power is another. Expecting Stoke to win 3-0 is simply ridiculous.
Scorecast: Dejan Lovren to score first and Liverpool to beat Tottenham 4-0
One punter has £1 on at 700/1
- Liverpool have beaten Tottenham at White Hart Lane once before in their history. That result came in a league match in December 1975. Kevin Keegan opened the scoring after 43 minutes, before Jimmy Case, Phil Neal and Steve Heighway got on the scoresheet in the second half
- Manchester United were the last side to win 4-0 at White Hart Lane. That was all the way back in a league game in February 2007 when John O’Shea played the last five minutes in goal as Edwin Van Der Saar was stretchered off with an injury
- Last season for Southampton Dejan Lovren attempted 16 shots on goal. Just four of these were on target (25 per cent) and he found the onion bag twice, giving him a conversion rate of 12.5 per cent
Liverpool’s 5-0 hammering of Tottenham at White Hart Lane last season has given plenty of punters belief that they can do it again. However, plenty has changed in the fast-moving world of football, and the chances of the Reds hammering Spurs again looks slightly less obvious this time around. One punter is convinced it is going to happen though and to spice his bet up has thrown in Dejan Lovren to open his account for Liverpool and begin the rout. Good luck with that buddy.
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