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 Premier international book this week and a few stats to try to back them up.
Scorecast:Wayne Rooney to score first and England to beat Lithuania 7-0
One punter has £1 on at 125/1
- England have never won a European Championship match 7-0. The Three Lions beat Luxembourg 6-0 in 1999 and Turkey 8-0 in 1987, but they’ve not won 7-0.
- Since being given the captain’s armband, Wayne Rooney has scored six goals in six England games. Wazza is now just three goals behind equalling Bobby Charlton’s England record of 49 goals for the national side.
- The last time England won an international match 7-0 was in September 1973. Alf Ramsey’s Three Lions beat Austria by seven in a friendly at Wembley.
England are long odds-on favourties to beat Lithuania at Wembley on Friday night, and Wayne Rooney is one of the front runners to bag the first goal. This bet hinges on England putting seven past their opponents, something that Roy Hodgson isn’t exactly renowned for. The Three Lions haven’t won an international match 7-0 for more than 40 years, but that hasn’t put this one optimistic punter off.
Correct score: Scotland 0-1 Gibraltar
One punter has £1 on at 425/1
- Scotland have played 31 international matches since last losing 1-0. Their last 1-0 defeat was in the Nations Cup against Ireland in Dublin, when Robbie Keane got the only goal of the game after 24 minutes.
- Gibraltar haven’t scored in European Championship Qualifying 2016, losing all four of their games and conceding 21 goals along the way.
If anyone has seen Gibraltar play since September, you’ll know how difficult it is to see them keeping a clean sheet in Glasgow. One punter thinks, not only will they keep a clean sheet, but they’ll sneak a goal and win the tie against an in-form Scottish side. If Gibraltar are to win, 1-0 is the most likely scoreline, but that doesn’t stop this bet being anything other than ridiculous.
Scorecast: Robert Lewandowski to score first and Poland to beat Ireland 5-1
One punter is on at 1500/1
- Poland’s previous biggest win over Ireland was a 6-0 victory in May 1938.
- Poland have won five international games by a 5-1 scoreline. Most recently was their 5-1 victory against San Marino in World Cup 2014 Qualification in September 2013.
- Robert Lewandowski has eight goals in his last 22 Poland games – although four of those came against Gibraltar. He is in great from for his club though with seven goals in Bayern Munich’s last nine games in all competitions.
It would be no surprise to see Robert Lewandowski bring his club form to the national stage – but it is very hard to see Martin O’Neill’s Ireland side getting turned over 5-1 in Dublin. While Poland have dished out a 5-1 hammering recently enough, there is a considerbale gulf in class between Ireland and San Marino, and this clash has been relatively close in recent years.
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