What do you spend your cash on when you click a football bet at the weekend? A quick survey around the office in Power Tower suggests that, for most, winning is a strange, mystical phenomenon practiced by wizards and ‘lucky buggers’. But for those that have managed to pocket a few quid over the weekend, the answers consist of beer, take-away food, beer, pizza and beer.
The good news is if you’ve been punting with Paddy Power you can probably afford to trade in that pack of Fosters for some Peroni, splash out on an extra portion of chicken balls from the Chinese, or spend your money on something completely different and far healthier. And yes, this is the bit were we blow our own trumpet and claim that Jesus was tight compared to our generosity, but it’s good news for you guys so stick with it.
It might not take a genius to pick out the favourite, but a winner’s a winner so who’s complaining?
- This year in the Premier League the favourite has won 15 of the 30 matches. Paddy Power has been best price on 60 per cent of those favourites
- On singles alone you’d have more cash in your back pocket with Paddy Power plus on accumulators we also have the 20% Acca Bonus on five-folds or more. That’s cost us more than €160k already this season and it’s only week four. No surprise then that the bean-counters are bracing themselves for a miserable Christmas bonus.
However, the most profitable team to back this year are Stoke. Take a bow mark Hughes. The below table is how much you’d be up if you stuck €10 on each of these teams every week for the last three weeks. €10 on Stoke in each of their three games would return a total of €140 – a whopping 367 per cent return on your investment. There’s no chance of Barclays Bank giving you that rate of interest anytime soon, plus in their branches, you wouldn’t get the pleasure of seeing Glen Whelan playing a perfect sideways five yard pass over and over again every week.
- Can Stoke improve their lead with a home game against Leicester? The latest odds are here: Desktop | Mobile
You’re the Swan that I want
Swansea sneak into second place courtesy of their 100 per cent record this term with The Draw stealing third spot. Villa’s surprisingly bright opening means you would have more than doubled your money backing Paul Lambert’s team and Chelsea and Liverpool are also up near the top.
In terms of players, you’d be more than happy if you were backing Diego Costa to score week after week, as the Chelsea man has already broken the deadlock in all three of Chelsea’s matches.
- On first goalscorer favourites Paddy Power is the best price on favourites 40 per cent of the time
However although backing favourites would get you more cash with Paddy Power than anywhere else, Diego Costa and co are nowhere near the most profitable of Premier League players so far this season, and incredibly you might be better sticking your coin elsewhere. The table below shows how much you could have in your back pocket if you’d been sticking €5 each-way on each of these players to score first every week.
- Who is going to pocket you some cash this weekend? The latest odds are just a click away: Desktop | Mobile
Right said Brede
With just one goal each this season Brede Hangeland (opened the scoring v Arsenal) and James Chester (bagged the first goal against QPR) top the profitability charts, returning a whopping €241.25 each if you’d been backing the two of them to score first each week with a fiver each-way. Eric Dier’s two goals for new club Spurs put him marginally ahead of Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole with Ki Sung-Yeung rounding up the top five after he opened the scoring at Old Trafford in the season’s very first game.
Clearly it pays to look beyond the obvious, and in some case, even into the simply ridiculous when attempting to click a juicy punt. If you are one of those people who backs Brede Hangeland to score every week then take a bow. You deserve every single penny of those winnings purely for your selfless loyalty to the huge lump of a man.
Cash in this weekend
This weekend is no different, and as well as the 20% Acca Bonus Paddy Power has three massive offers for you to get stuck into.
- Money-Back as a free bet if Falcao scores at any time (Man Utd v QPR)
Falcao has plied his trade in Europe for the last six years. In that time he has played for Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco – featuring in 139 league games and keeping up a phenomenal average of one goal every 111 minutes.
- Money-Back as a free bet if Raheem Sterling scores at any time (Liverpool v Aston Villa)
Raheem Sterling has two goals in three league games this year for Liverpool and his eye for goal is definitely in, with six of his eight attempts on goal testing the keeper.
- Money-Back as a free bet if Alexis Sanchez scores at any time (Arsenal v Man City)
Since the start of the 2013/14 campaign at Barcelona until now, Alexis Sanchez has played 37 league games, finding the net on average once every 130 minutes
So what are you waiting for? Those extra toppings and side order of wedges are a whole lot tastier when they’re being paid for out of Paddy’s pocket.
Snapshots of competitor prices recorded at around 12pm on match-day (when our analysts place their accas!)
Comparison applies to the Win-Draw-Win market in the Premier League.
Prices are subject to fluctuation and the comparison was accurate at the time of the comparison.
Paddy Power prices were compared to the following bookmakers : Betfair Sportsbook, Bet365, Boylesports, BetVictor, Ladbrokes, William Hill, Stan James, Coral, Skybet, and Betfred. The “best price” is defined as the highest (or joint highest) price on the individual selection involved.
The Favourite is defined as the shortest priced selection in the event at the time of the comparison.