This 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 four of the most outrageous bets we’ve dug out of Paddy’s Premier League book this week and a few stats to try to back them up.
Wayne Rooney to score first and United to win 5-1 – 1,500/1
This one might not be as ridiculous as it seems. Far from me to throw abuse at Liverpool’s goalkeepers (primarily because they wouldn’t catch it) but it says a lot that the papers are claiming 22 year old Danny Ward will start against United on Sunday.
- A Jurgen Klopp managed side has only conceded five once since 2008
- Man U have won one of the previous 221 games 5-1 back in December of 1953
- United have created just 77 chances away from home this season – only three per game
One punter has thrown a tenner on the 5-1 scorecast with Rooney. But if it’s a United fan, he didn’t do his research. Rooney only has five goals in 23 appearances against Liverpool. Still a better record than 2015 Eden Hazard. Or Aston Villa…
Liverpool to win 7-0 – 500/1
And then there’s the other end of the spectrum. There just always seems to be a rivalry between Liverpool and United fans, with another punter backing the Merseysiders to not only win, but embarrass LVG with a 7-0 scoreline.
- Liverpool haven’t scored 7 at Anfield in the league since 1989 when they beat Crystal Palace 9-0
- United’s biggest league defeat since the turn of the century is that 6-1 against City
- Liverpool have just 14 goals at home this season – even Newcastle have more than that
That punter has put two quid on the 7-0, so he’s slightly confident. After all, two quid can get you a lot these days. A donut in Tesco, a packet of Rolo’s, and a brick. All of which are better in goals than Simon Mignolet.
Crystal Palace to beat City 4-0 – 500/1
We really bow down to the three punters that have cash on this scoreline.
- City have scored in every home game so far this season bar one
- Alan Padrew’s side have already racked up three wins with more than four goals in 2015
- City have lost four times at home to Palace but not since 1990 when Ian Wright scored in a 2-0 victory
Palace won’t have signed Emanuel Adebayor in time for the game on Saturday. Which is a shame, because if they had, this scoreline would be blown away! Still, there’ll be egg on Paddy’s face if the bet comes through. He’ll have to fork out over £7,000.
Everton to beat Chelsea 6-1 – 500/1
Last but not least the game at Stamford Bridge. We know Chelsea have been crap this season, but crap enough to concede six?
- Everton won the reverse fixture 3-1, but could’ve easily put six past Chelsea if it hadn’t been for Asmir Begovic
- Romelu Lukaku is yet to score against his former club
- The Toffees seem to get stuck at the Bridge in the league, not winning there since 1990, before Chelsea had a fanbase
Diego Costa may be acting like the four year old he really is, but he’s still kind of good at football. If the 6-1 scoreline does pop up, there’ll be 501 reasons to celebrate for the punter that backed it.
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