Stupid Punt: Could Phil Jones be the key to United’s success? Will Spurs batter Chelsea 6-0?

The latest insight into the optimistic mind of a Paddy Power punter...

Dejan Lovren to score first and Liverpool to beat Sunderland 8-1, 1250/1

  • With Liverpool’s unbelievable scoring streak this season, even Dejan Lovren has got involved. The Croatian has baged two goals in nine premier league appearances. Last season, he didn’t bag one across the entire campaign.
  • Since August 1996, there has never been more than four goals in a game between Liverpool and Sunderland. The biggest recent scoreline came in the form of a 2-2 last season at Anfield. The goals came from Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana, and Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe for Sunderland.
  • This punter may be dreaming of Liverpool’s recently 6-1 smashing of Watford, they have also hit five goals past Hull already this season. In the Watford game, they had already hit The Hornets for six at the hour mark.

 Tottenham to beat Chelsea 6-0, 500/1

  • Since the first time this fixture was played in 1909, there has never been a 6-0 score line. In recent years, Spurs’ biggest win over Chelsea was an eight goal thriller in 2015. They hammered the Blues 5-3 and left Jose Mourinho in despair. Prior to this game, they had never conceded more than three goals in a Premier League game under his watch.
  • In the last 10 meetings between the sides in all competitions, Tottenham have won just once, which was the game mentioned above. Within these games, there have been four meetings where one of the teams has failed to score.
  • Last season, this fixture saw a 2-2 draw in May and a 0-0 draw in November. The draw in May officially ended Tottenham’s league title hopes as Leicester won the league thanks to Eden Hazard’s late equaliser.

Phil Jones to score first in the Manchester United v West Ham game, 40/1

  • In 94 league appearances for United, defender Jones has found the net just twice. He has recently recovered from (yet another) injury, and has only featured in three games this season, all of which were Europa League games.
  • Jones’ last league goal came in March 2014, in a 3-0 win over West Brom. David Moyes was at the helm of United, and the goals came from Jones, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney. That team also featured Adnan Januzaj, Robin van Persie, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic and Shinji Kagawa, all of which have since moved away from Old Trafford.

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