In part one of the biggest betting shocks of the Premier League season, we showed you five tasty 7/1 shots that came good for punters last season. Today we continue on our journey trawling through the unexpected depths of the last season’s Premier League campaign. Straight in at number 5…
5. Man Utd 1-2 Swansea
Old Trafford, 16th August, 2014
Under the stewardship of the hapless David Moyes, Manchester United fans had endured a season to forget in 2013/14. Thankfully the Scotsman’s reign was over and at the helm was knight in shining armour, Louis van Gaal, who would surely lead the Red Devils to something other than a second successive season of mediocrity. Spirits were soaring and hopes were high as the Dutchman waddled down the touchline in his first match in charge at the Theatre of Dreams. The positive mood lasted less than half an hour, as Swansea attacked from the start and deservedly led at half time. A second half strike Wayne Rooney strike restored parity in the game, but Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a 72nd-minute winner and the mood in Old Trafford went down quicker than a punctured tyre on Steve Bruce’s unicycle.
Swansea were 15/2 to get a win on the first day of the season.
A £10 stake would have returned £85
Well in Gylfi.
4. Man Utd 0-1 West Brom
Old Trafford, 2nd May, 2015
2 in 2 for Louis van Gaal! Having been beaten in their last two outings without scoring a single goal in the process, Manchester United were looking to bounce back in emphatic fashion when Tony Pullis arrived at Old Trafford with his baseball cap in hand. Having had an early penalty shout turned down, United dominated possession before conceding a second half goal to West Brom’s first attack of the entire match. Chris Brunt’s free-kick deflected off Jonas Olsson’s arse and into the net to give the Baggies the most unlikely of leads. What then followed was a series of miraculous saves from Boaz Myhill, including a Robin van Persie penalty and a classic smash and grab raid from Pullis’ men. United lost three games on the spin for the first time since December 2001 and they failed to score for three successive games for the only time since 2007.
West Brom were 9/1 to get a win before kick off, with a surprising 24% of punters spotting the value and backing the correct result.
A £10 stake would have returned £100, and a double with the Swansea upset above would have paid out £850!
Van Gaal offers up a cheeky wave to lucky punters who cashed-in
3. Arsenal 0-1 Swansea
Emirates Stadium, 11th May 2015
Just weeks before the FA Cup final and with Arsenal poised to go level on points with Manchester City in second place, few saw any chance for the boys from the Valleys to take anything from their clash at the Emirates. With Premier League safety comfortably secured, like most fans, Paddy Power traders made Swansea an extremely long shot for victory. Once the match started however, the Gunners looked leggy and lethargic and completely incapable of breaking down Garry Monk’s well-drilled defence. When goal line technology confirmed that Bafetimbi Gomis’s header had crossed the line, a few brave punters up and down the land rejoiced. At times this season Gomis has looked more like Jason Lee than Wilfried Bony, but the Swansea sub scored his 4th goal in 4 games, to snatch a dramatic late winner to send the traveling supporters wild.
Swansea were a whopping 10/1 to claim victory with 1,329 lucky punters picking the right result
A £10 stake would have returned £110, and a double with the Man Utd v West Brom game the week before would have returned a staggering £1,100
Garry Monk – someone get that man a Brylcreem endorcement
2. Liverpool 0-1 Aston Villa
Anfield, 13th September, 2014
It’s hard to believe Aston Villa are capable of being anyone’s bogey team, but their excellent recent record at Anfield where they were unbeaten in their last 4 visits before this match should have served as warning to punters and Paddy Power traders alike. Gabby Agbonlahor’s close-range bundle was enough to seal the points for Paul Lambert’s team, who had, amazingly, started the season unbeaten! With Liverpool’s strikers Mario Ballotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert about as much use as subtitles on a porn film, the Villans were comfortable in the closing stages and easily saw the game out.
Villa were an extremely tempting 10/1 before kick off, a result backed by just over 3,000 lucky punters.
A £10 bet would have paid out £110 and a £10 quadruple with the three other results on the page would have netted you £6,130.00
Is it me, or does Gabby Agbonlahor always looks as though he’s just about to sneeze?
But Villa winning away at Anfield wasn’t the biggest betting upset of the season. For the winner of that award… step forward Mame Biram Diouf…
1. Manchester City 0-1 Stoke City
Etihad Stadium, 30th August, 2014
It’s Manchester City’s second entry in the top 10 betting upsets of the 2014/15 Premier League season and in addition to an unlikely defeat to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup and CSKA Moscow in the Champions League it was a season where unexpected home defeats derailed City’s challenge for trophies. When Stoke arrived at the Etihad the season was only two games old and City were looking to extend their winning start to the season to three matches. Stoke on the other hand had started the season off with a draw and a loss and had never previously managed to score a goal at City in the Premier League era!
Stoke started the game strongly and were unlucky not to have been awarded a first half penalty when Kolarov tripped Diouf in the box, but Lee Mason was unmoved. City had chances of their own, most notably when Yaya Toure rattled Asmir Begović’s crossbar but the game’s deciding moment came when Mame Biram Diouf scored one of the goals of the season. Picking the ball up on the edge of his own box, Diouf brushed off Kolarov, crossed the halfway line, skipped past Fernandinho before jabbing the ball straight through Joe Hart’s legs. It was a goal worthy of winning any game and had it been scored by an Arsenal player, internet users would still be voting it goal of the season 10 months later.
Stoke were a whopping 12/1 to win the game before kick off.
A £10 stake would have returned £130, and some sort of time-bending, magical accumulator with the other results on the page would have paid out 1.3 million quid!
There you have it, the ten biggest betting shocks of the 2014/15 Premier League season. Join us at the same time next year with a bottle of WKD Blue as we celebrate Jamie Vardy’s 97th minute winner for Leicester at Stamford Bridge and Connor Wickham’s hat-trick at Anfield.