Hotshot Jackpot Villain of the Week: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

It may be his 35th birthday today, but that won’t stop us from calling him out for being a massive let-down this weekend.

As Zlatan blows out his candles, plenty of Hotshot Jackpot customers are left more than frustrated with him today. He put a sharp halt to thousands of punters out to claim the £250k prize.

The big Swede rescued Manchester United’s blushes and found the net in their midweek Europa League clash against Zorya. Not only that, but he has four goals in seven Premier League matches. Surely he would be a banker to bag one against a Stoke side down on their luck?

He was just 1/2 to score anytime before the game began, and many Ibra-backers will have found their hearts in their oesophagus’ at lunch time on Sunday.

Within a mere few seconds of kick-off, Pogba dribbled and set a goal up for him. Lee Grant’s goal was gaping, practically begging to be shot at. All the Number 9 needed to do was find the net, to please a few of our Hotshot Jackpot punters and put a smile on the face of Jose Mourinho. But, he couldn’t find the net then, and couldn’t find it for the other remaining 90 or so minutes, despite a total of six attempts on goal at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Although United took clear control of the game from the offset, with 67% of the possession and a whopping 24 shots – nine of those on target – only Anthony Martial could find the net. Mourinho now finds himself in sixth place behind Everton, with a wild run of games coming up, including Liverpool, Fenerbahce, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Just to add to United fan’s frustrations, it was ex-Liverpool player Joe Allen that bagged the equaliser. A game against Stoke, second from the bottom in the league, should have been easy pickings.

We have a feeling that the 70% of HSJP players who were let down by Ibra won’t be sending him a birthday card today.

Rest up punters, and get plotting how you will land the £250k prize next time out.


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