10. Man City 2-2 Burnley
Etihad Stadium, 28th December 2014
19 games into the league season, Man City faced a home tie against a Burnley side who were three points off the bottom of the league, and had conceded more goals than anyone else. At half time, with City two up and cruising thanks to goals from David Silva and Fernandinho few could possibly have predicted what would happen next. First, hairy goal-threat, George Boyd, who would become a thorn in City’s side for a second time later on in the season, turned in a Danny Ings shot, and then, with less than ten minutes left on the clock Ashley Barnes crashed in an equaliser which left Joe Hart helpless.
Burnley were 7/1 to get a draw before kick off
A £10 pre-match bet would have returned £80
Vincent Kompany was overcome by the spirit of Titus Bramble on more than one occasion
9. Liverpool 1-3 Crystal Palace
Anfield, 16th May 2015
Thousands of Liverpool fans, some of whom hilariously paid up to £1,200 to be there, came to pay their respects to Steven Gerrard as he made his final appearance at Anfield. What was expected by most to be a day of celebration ended up being about as much fun as a dose of the clap for the Redmen. Adam Lallana appeared to have set Liverpool on their way, but once a Jason Puncheon free kick had left Simon Mignolet looking even more clueless than normal, the wheels really came off the end of Liverpool’s season. First Wilfred Zaha came off the bench to put the Eagles 1-2 up, and with Yannick Bolasie making Dejan Lovren look like a clown it was only a matter of time before Palace finished off Liverpool’s day and Gerrard’s Anfield career. Glenn Murray scored a third, and Gerrard was left doing one of the most excruciating laps of honour of all time.
Palace were 7/1 to get the win, with the average victorious punter netting a £58.24 return
A £10 stake would have returned £80, and a £10 double with the City game above would have made you £640
From ‘Guard of Honour’ to ‘Walk of Shame’ in 90 minutes
8. Tottenham 0-1 West Brom
White Hart Lane, 21st September 2014
Many supporters never gave Alan Irvine a chance to succeed at West Bromwich Albion. His oversized eyebrows and creepy resemblance to Father Ted Crilly left supporters uneasy from the start, and 4 matches into the season and without a win to their name, the writing was on the wall for the Scotsman. An away trip to White Hart Lane did little to fill the Baggies with hope, and a pre-match price of 7/1 meant that PaddyPower’s traders echoed that sentiment. But up popped James Morrison to power home a second half header which left Mauricio Pochettino scratching his head and wondering why the f**k he ever left Southampton in the first place.
West Brom were 7/1 to grab the win with just 393 punters backing the result.
A £10 stake would have returned £80 and a £10 treble with the two games above would have netted you £1,280
Craggy Island’s finest manager
7. Chelsea 1-1 Burnley
Stamford Bridge, 21st February 2015
A game best remembered for Jose Mourinho’s hilarious post-match rant and Nemanja Matic’s reaction and straight red card following Ashley Barnes’ rugged challenge, should also be remembered as one of the biggest shocks of the 2014/15 Premier League season. Branoslav Ivanovic appeared to have set Chelsea on their way to a routine victory in front of their own supporters, before the game exploded into life following a series of flashpoints, methodically recorded by Mourinho. Jose was already furious about 2 penalty appeals that had been rejected by Martin Atkinson when the referee gave Matic a straight red card for a push on Barnes. When Burnley defender Ben Mee added insult to injustice and headed in an 81st minute equaliser it went down like a turd sandwich with Jose.
Burnley were a extremely attractive 7/1 pre-match shot to snaffle a draw with 160 punters calling the correct result.
A £10 stake would have returned £80 and a £10, 4 match accumulator with the 3 games above would have netted you a cool forty grand!
Look into the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes.
6. Everton 2-3 Crystal Palace
Goodison Park, 21st September 2014
This game feels like a distant memory now. Not only were Palace still managed by Neil Warnock when they won at Goodison Park, but they were actually unbeaten under his stewardship too! A rollercoaster ride of a clash saw Everton take an early lead through Romelu Lukaku’s 9th minute opener before Mile Jedinak levelled to make the score 1-1 at half time. Despite ending the game with just 25% possession Palace were able to catch Everton cold with two quick second half strikes, first from Fraizer Campbell and secondly the eventual match-winner from Yanick Bolasie. Everton rallied in the closing stages with Leighton Baines snaffling a late penalty, but the Eagles weren’t be denied and held on for an unlikely 3pts.
Palace were a generous 7/1 before kick off with just 480 punters picking the right result.
A £10 stake would have returned £80 and a £10, 5 game accumulator with the other results on this page would have made you a tidy little £327,670 profit.