Stupid Punt: A 1,250/1 Manchester derby scorecast and Liverpool to thump Leicester 7-0?! Here are this week’s wackiest wagers

You can't knock punters’ optimism. As the battle lines are drawn ahead of the Premier League's return will anyone's crazy bets make the Punting Hall of Fame?

Raheem Sterling to score first and Manchester City to beat Manchester United 5-2 at 1250/1

One punter has a fiver on!

  • There has never been a 5-2 result in a Manchester Derby. City beat United 5-1 in 1989, a result which Alex Ferguson described as the worst defensive performance of his managerial career so far.
  • The last time The Blues won 5-2 in the Premier League was in 2005, managed by Stuart Pearce. Andy Cole bagged two goals in front of a crowd of 25,289.
  • Sterling seems revitalized under Pep Guardiola, netting two goals in three appearances so far. He also scored the first goal in City’s last league match versus West Ham.

Liverpool to beat reigning Premier League Champions Leicester 7-0 at 500/1

One punter from London has £1 on

  • In 104 league meetings in all competitions, Liverpool are yet to slay the foxes 7-0. Perhaps this plucky punter is dreaming of 1978, when The Reds demolished Spurs in League One. Back in 2006, when Liverpool were European champions, Birmingham were also defeated 7-0 by Rafael Benitez.
  • Jurgen Klopp’s men have scored exactly 7 goals so far this campaign, including four in their opening game against Arsenal.
  • The biggest defeat Leicester faced last season was at the hands of Arsene Wenger. They lost 2-5 on the 26th September, with a hat-trick from Alexis Sanchez.

Chelsea to smash Swansea 7-1 at 500/1

One punter from Sussex has 50p on

  • Chelsea and Swansea have met a total of 31 times since 1925. The closest they have been to a 7-1 loss is a 6-1 defeat to in league two in 1983, the biggest loss they have suffered against The Blues.
  • The Pensioners are no strangers to a 7-1 goalfest. In 2010 they destroyed Aston Villa, as Frank Lampard marked a century of Premier League goals.
  • The Swans were subject to a 5-0 defeat at The Liberty Stadium in 2015. Both Oscar and Diego Costa found the net twice. In the 14/15 season, Costa scored 20 goals in 26 appearances.
  • Swansea’s record league defeat was to Fulham in the second division in January 1938. They lost 8-1.

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