Diego Costa is lighting up the Premier League after smashing in nine goals in his first six games. The Chelsea front-man is giving Premier League defenders sleepless nights, as well as leaving Paddy Power’s bean counters in a cold sweat as he takes us to the cleaners, week in, week out. If you had €5 each-way on Costa every week this season, you’d be up just short of €70 which is close to treble your investment – try getting that interest rate at any bank these days. In fact try getting it anywhere else. Paddy Power customers would have won eight per cent more than William Hill customers on Costa, 19 per cent more than Ladbrokes and 23 per cent more than SkyBet. It also means that if you stuck €20 on the Spaniard to be top scorer before the season started you’ll have cashed in on €18 worth of free bets already and you’re well on the way to being knee-deep in clover. Every time he scores he costs the business 10,000 free bets which might explain why Sarah in HR is printing out a few P45s for the genius guys in marketing who came up with the offer after a few too many Kronenbourgs last summer. However he isn’t the guy putting the most cash in your pocket this season. That honour goes to Crystal Palace behemoth, Brede Hangeland.
Hangeland tops the profitability charts this year after finding the net against Arsenal on the opening day of the season. Palace face Chelsea this weekend at home and the big defender is 50/1 to open the scoring against their London rivals. A crazy bet you might think, however three of Hangeland’s eight career goals in the Premier League have came against ‘top four’ sides and almost a third of the goals Chelsea have conceded this season have been headers. You’d be a braver man than me to back Hangeland to score first, but he could prove to be a bit of each-way value should Palace cause the league leaders some trouble from set pieces.
In terms of which team you should be backing for three points each week, it is Aston Villa who top our Premier League of Profitability. Sticking a tenner on Paul Lambert’s side each week would result in a massive 243 per cent return on your investment – and to save you getting the abacus out, that means you’d be just short of €100 richer after just seven games. Following close behind are Stoke who are showing a €91 profit, thanks in large part to their surprise 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium. Chelsea are down in eighth place in the Profitability League, which is a reflection of their relatively easy opening fixtures.
While backing Brede Hangeland and Aston Villa every week might not have seemed like the obvious cash cow it has turned out to be, punting the favourites recently has resulted n some tidy winnings. Last week eight of the 10 Premier League favourites duly obliged with just Swansea and Leicester letting down a complete clean sweep. West Ham were playing QPR on Super Sunday on that occasion and were one of the punter’s most popular selections, with more money on the Hammers than Liverpool. Throwing West Ham, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City into a five-fold two weeks ago would have won you €144.36 off a €10 stake thanks to Paddy Power’s 20% Acca Bonus. That five-fold paid out 29 per cent more than SkyBet, 20 per cent more than Ladbrokes and 14 per cent more than William Hill. It also meant there was nothing but bread and dripping in the PP canteen for the week. We’re only seven games into the Premier League season but when you combine the football Money-Back Special free bets, the top scorer free bets and the Acca Bonus cash we’ve given back to customers, the figure is eye-watering. We can’t reveal exact digits as it would cause the shareholders to have a heart-attack, however it’s comfortably more than you would have got answering 15 questions correctly for Chris Tarrant. It’s going to be a mightily cold winter…
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