The international break is done and dusted, and punters are eagerly awaiting the return of the Premier League. Not least because the weekend kicks off with a tasty clash between Arsenal and Man City, plus Man Utd will be looking for their first league win under Louis Van Gaal at QPR. It’s another to make any punter go slightly crazy, and that’s what has happened with some of the weekend’s most speculative bets.
Stupid Punt is here and getting your seat in the Punting Hall of Fame 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.
Here are three of the most outrageous bets we’ve dug out Paddy’s Premier League book this week.
Scorecast: Rio Ferdinand to score and QPR to beat Man Utd 1-0
Four punters are on at 650/1
- Rio Ferdinand managed seven goals in 312 league appearances for Man Utd, giving him a goal, on average, every 45 games
- In 27 games away to Manchester United, QPR have won just once. That was a thumping 4-1 victory on January 1 1992
- If QPR beat Man Utd on Sunday it will be just the second time in the last 13 years that United lose two league home games on the bounce
Even for a defender Rio Ferdinand was hardly the most prolific but if the footballing script-writers have it their way, it would be no surprise to see him head in the winner against his former club to heap even more pressure on Louis Van Gaal. At the minute just four punters have had a nibble on a Ferdinand goal and a 1-0 win for QPR at 650/1 but this Stupid Punt might tempt a few more as Sunday approaches.
Scorecast: Danny Welbeck to score first and Arsenal to beat Man City 5-0
One punter has got £5 riding on it at 1500/1
- In 184 matches between these two sides, Arsenal have won 5-0 just once. That was a Premier League game at Highbury in October when goals from Ashley Cole, Dennis Bergkamp, Sylvain Wiltord, Thierry Henry
- Danny Welbeck has played more than 11 hours of football against Manchester City for United and Sunderland, finding the net just once in 10 appearances
- It has been almost seven years to the day since Arsenal won a home league match 5-0. Derby County were on the end of that thumping in September 2007 as Emmanuel Adebayor added a hat-trick to goals from Abou Diaby and Cesc Fabregas
Arsenal were on the receiving end of a 6-3 hammering away to Man City last year, but one punter is confident the Gunners can turn the tables this weekend at the Emirates. New signing Danny Welbeck bagged a brace for England on Monday night away to Switzerland and the first part of this bet is relying on Welbz to continue that form and buck his bad run against the Citizens. As for the Premier League champions getting beat 5-0, that’s just slightly ridiculous…
Scorecast: Tom Cleverley to score first but Liverpool to beat Aston Villa 8-1
One punter has £2 on at 4000/1
- Liverpool have never scored eight goals in a Premier League game – their previous biggest victory was a 7-1 win against Southampton in 1999 when Robbie Fowler bagged a hat-trick
- The most amount of goals Liverpool have scored after going behind in a Premier League is six. Cardiff City took the lead against the Reds last season in the 16th minute courtesy of Jordan Mutch. However Liverpool surged back to win 6-3 thanks to goals from Luis Suarez (3), Martin Skrtel (2) and Daniel Sturridge
- Tom Cleverley has made 80 top flight appearances, playing 5,196 minutes of football. He has scored just the six goals, giving him an average of a goal every 14 hours
One optimistic fan is not only expecting Liverpool to hammer Aston Villa in Saturday’s evening game by eight goals to one, but they are also expecting Tom Cleverley to make an instant impression for the Villains. We’re not sure which part of the bet is more misguided.
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