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A linesman’s flag saves the day for Manchester United and lands a stunning 2,316/1 winner

by Aidan Elder | September 29, 2014

Any weekend that contains the words ‘Super Sunday’ and ‘live from the Hawthorns where West Brom host Burnley’ is unlikely to go down as the defining weekend in a season, but despite those underwhelming odds, it turned out to be a bit of a cracker. Well Saturday was at least.

Here’s a look at some of football’s big talking points after another weekend of supercaleytabulous action.

The Weekend Hero

Andrew Garratt. No he’s not the latest youngster Louis van Gaal has thrown into the United team to give the vague sense he’s moving the club forward, he’s the linesman’s assistant or whatever they’re called these days who ruled out Kevin Nolan’s late ‘equaliser’ for West Ham at Old Trafford. It looked close, to say the least.

It was a massive result for punters, turning thousands of Saturday banker accums (Chelsea and Man City were included in the weekend’s most popular treble) from tomorrow’s recycling to winning bets with one wave of his flag.

The rule is you’re offside if any part of your body that can score strays offside. So I suppose yes, technically you can score a goal with a pubic hair.

Top of the Flops

For once, there’s not a whole lot of stand-out candidates to aim your accum-busting ire towards. Arsenal and Liverpool both failed to deliver when they were both a shade odds on, but as both of them were involved in local derbies and neither played especially badly, we’ll cut them some slack.

We’ve to travel to France for our most high-profile choke. PSG could only manage a draw away to Toulouse. They went behind after only eight minutes. David Luiz was playing at centre back. We’re not saying those two facts are related, but well, they’re probably not unrelated. The defending league champions battled back for a draw, but that won’t be much consolation to anyone who went for a Euro superpowers accum.

All in all, the results were largely good for punters, especially one in particular. Benefiting from both the aforementioned linesman at Old Trafford and the Paddy Power acca bonus, one Northamptonshire customer landed an absolutely astonishing 2316/1 11-fold accumulator on Saturday’s football. He only had a quid on it, but still – it was one more 2316/1 acca than we’ve ever landed in our lives. If you feel like getting insanely jealous at home simple it looks, here’s what he went for:

  • Manchester City (v Hull) – 4/7
  • Manchester United (v West Ham) – 2/5
  • Southampton (v QPR) – 4/9
  • Bournemouth (v Wigan) – 23/20
  • Ipswich (v Rotherham) – EVS
  • Rochdale (v Leyton Orient) – 27/10
  • Oldham (v Scunthorpe) – 4/5
  • Luton (v Oxford) – 13/10
  • Stevenage (v Mansfield) – 13/10
  • Dundee United (v St Johnstone) – 5/6
  • Hamilton (v Motherwell) – 13/8

One top of that, he landed a £463.13 bonus as part of our football acca bonus where we top up winning five-fold or greater with a 20% bonus just because we’re nice people. From our point of view, that’s like getting kicked in the balls and then poking yourself in the eye out of obligation. In the end, he got £2779.98 for his spectacular feat of punting and a place in our Punting Hall of Fame. Congratulations mystery punter.

Ones To Watch

Crystal Palace????? A team managed by Neil Warnock???
When they told Tony Pulis to sling his baseball cap and take a hike, it looked like Palace were signing their own one-way ticket to a lots of Championship matches in grim north-west towns next season. But since Warnock swanned into town in a blaze of ego and suspiciously good hair, the Eagles have prospered racking up two wins and two draws in their last four matches. They’re away to Hull before we break up for another international break and they could well be worth a punt.


Obligatory Manager Under Pressure

With Manchester United actually winning and Newcastle not amusingly bumbling around playing until Monday night, people have suddenly realised that Burnley are bottom of the table and haven’t scored a goal since their opening game of the season against Chelsea. Prior to that, they had managed three reasonably commendable draws from six league games, but the 4-0 spanking they got from the previously unremarkable Baggies suggests they’re collapsing like Tesco’s share price.

Sean Dyche may be highly rated and look like the Undertaker’s more respectable accountant brother, but the owners may feel a change is the Clarets best chance of survival.


Get Him On The Plane

GHOTP is supposed to be a quasi-taking the piss send up of knee-jerk over-reactions to decent performances from English players, but at this stage the calls for Saido Berahino to force his way into the England set-up are entirely rational. Dammit.

The West Brom striker scored a brace against Burnley on Saturday, making him to top scoring English player in the Premier League. It was his second brace of the season and yes, that means he’s basically just scored in two games at home against middling to poor opposition, but with the away game to Switzerland out of the way, that’s basically what the rest of England’s Euro 2016 campaign looks like anyway. Give him a text, Roy.

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