The international break doesn’t seem to stop the loopy punters out to click a huge bet at Paddy’s expense, and the crazy-train picks up momentum this weekend with a whole host of European Qualifiers.
Whether it’s fueled by a couple of patriotic pennies, a premonition, or just an act of madness, we’ve plucked out the maddest bets ahead of Scotland, Wales and Ireland’s crunch games this weekend. A little bit of nous, a touch of bravery and a whole lot of luck could turn these crazy punts into inspired bets come the end of the weekend. The Punting Hall of Fame awaits…
Here are three of the most outrageous bets we’ve dug out of Paddy’s book this week and a few stats to back them up.
Scorecast: Gareth Bale to score first and Wales to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-0
One Derbyshire-based punter has stuck £5 on at 400/1
- Wales have never beaten Bosnia-Herzegovina, drawing 2-2 in Cardiff in a 2003 friendly and losing 2-0 in another home friendly in August 2012.
- Gareth Bale has 11 goals in his last 16 internationals for Wales, including a brace in the 2-1 win against Andorra last month.
- Wales have played 612 international games and won seven of them (1.14 per cent) 4-0 – most recently against Liechtenstein in 2006.
Gareth Bale will be a popular choice to open the scoring this weekend, partly due to his incredible talent, and partly due to the lack of notable goalscorers among the rest of the Wales squad. Bosnia never made it out of Group F in the World Cup, but at least they actually made it to Brazil. Just four places separate the two sides in FIFA’s rankings, but this English punter fancies a massive gulf in class.
Scorecast: Steven Naismith to score first and Scotland to beat Georgia 6-0
One punter in Edinburgh has got 50p riding on this at 800/1
- Despite his good club form, Naismith has just one international goal in his last 19 matches. He’s scored just once for Scotland in just over three years.
- The Scots have played 737 international games and five of them (0.68 per cent) have been 6-0 wins – Finland, USA, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg and Wales have all been hit for six by Scotland.
- Georgia have never suffered a defeat heavier than 5-0 – that was against Romania in April 1996.
One kilt-wearing, Irn-Bru-guzzling, thistle-waving Scot has gone super patriotic this weekend, backing his side to beat Georgia 6-0 and banking on Naismith to start the rout. Forget about Georgia never suffering a 6-0 defeat and ignore Naismith’s international drought, this is about Scottish pride damn it.
Scorecast: Robbie Keane to score first but Gibraltar to come back and beat Ireland 2-1
One punter (from Dublin!) has £2 on at 1000/1
- Since gaining UEFA membership in 2013, Gibraltar have played six times, winning one, drawing two and losing three. Their first ever European qualifier ended in a 7-0 home defeat to Poland last month.
- Robbie Keane has an incredible 62 goals in 135 Ireland games, and an even more impressive 12 goals in 18 European Qualifiers in Dublin.
- In the last seven home games Ireland have taken the lead and lost 2-1 twice. Firstly against Sweden in a World Cup qualifier in September 2013 and then again in a friendly against Serbia in March. Robbie Keane gave them the lead against Sweden, with Shane Long doing the honours against the Serbs.
One Irish punter certainly isn’t confident going into the game with Gibraltar, and while Power Tower talks about just how many Ireland will win by, this fella is covering all bases by plumping for the visitors to get a result. The RObbie Keane first goalscorer part of the bet is probably a shoe-in however.
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