The Stupid Punt section of the Blog is all about highlighting some of those loopy-looking bets at monster odds. All that’s required to make them click is a little bit of brains, a little bit of balls and a massive dollop of luck. If you never have a dream, how will you ever have a dream come true? And here on the Paddy Power Blog we’re all dreamers.
There’s a place in the Punting Hall of Fame at stake if you can pull it off. You are the people who make the crazy look inspired and while you have the bravery to toe the line between ridiculous and optimistic, we can only stand back and applaud.
Here are three of the most outrageous bets we’ve dug out of Paddy’s FA Cup book this week and a few stats to try to back them up.
Scorecast: Troy Deeney to score first and Watford to beat Chelsea 1-0
One punter has £2 on at 350/1
- Watford have faced Chelsea six times previously in the FA Cup, winning just once. That was a 1-0 win at home in the fourth round in February 1987.
- The Hornets have faced Chelsea away from home 13 times, winning four. Their only previous 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge came in a league game in February 1981
- Troy Deeney has nine goals in 20 Championship appearances this season – and has a conversion rate of 18 per cent.
Jose Mourinho very rarely loses home games as manager of Chelsea, so it would be a huge shock if Watford were to triumph at the Bridge and knock the Blues out of the FA Cup at this early stage. One punter is confident they can sneak a win though, and keep Chelsea’s wealth of attacking talent at bay. Not only that but he’s banking on Troy Deeney to be the man who decides the tie.
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Correct score: Yeovil to beat Manchester United 3-0
Two punters are on at 425/1
- Yeovil have faced Manchester United twice before in the FA Cup. United won on both occasions, 8-0 in February 1949 and 3-0 in January 1938
- Since the 1871/72 season, Manchester United have a 63 per cent success rate of getting to the last 32 of the FA Cup
- The last time Yeovil won a home game 3-0 was almost two years ago in February 2013, when they beat Scunthorpe United in League One. Byron Webster, James Hayter and Paddy Madden bagged the goals at Huish Park that day
Manchester United have gone 10 games unbeaten under Louis van Gaal, but two punters fancy that streak to come to a crashing halt with Yeovil picking up a shock 3-0 victory in the FA Cup third round. It’s optimistic considering Man Utd’s form, and even more so when you consider they’ve hammered Yeovil on their last two meetings without conceding a goal.
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Correct score: Manchester City to beat Sheffield Wednesday 10-0
Two punters are on at 500/1
- Manchester City have faced Wednesday five times in the FA Cup and haven’t lost once. Their biggest win however was in March 1904 when City won 3-0
- Man City’s previous biggest winning margin in the FA Cup was in a fourth round replay at Maine Road in 1930. On that day they hammered Swindon Town 10-1
- Sheffield Wednesday’s biggest ever cup competition defeat was against Man City this season, when the Premier League champs won 7-0 in the League Cup. Frank Lampard and Edin Dzeko scored braces, while Jesus Navas, Yaya Toure and Jose Pozo all got on the scoresheet as well
Manchester City hammered Sheffield Wednesday at the Etihad earlier this season, and two punters think they can go even better this time around and put double-figures past the Yorkshire side. This is the Man City who have thrown away two goal leads against Burnley and Sunderland however, so don’t hold your breath…
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