Two punters split the £325k pot, netting themselves a tidy £162.5k each. It all came down to Monday’s game, Sunderland v Everton.
Both lads were waiting on Romelu Lukaku to bag his first league goal in 1,139 minutes. He scored at the hour mark, and then went onto bag a hat-trick inside 11 minutes. Meanwhile, our winners became the most popular guys in the pub.
This week, the prize fund is reset to £250k and Paddy Power football ambassador Paul Ince is on hand to give us his picks. Let’s hope we can blast another customer into the Punting Hall of Fame!
HULL V ARSENAL: ALEXIS SANCHEZ
He found the net for Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday and scored against Watford a couple of weeks ago, too. His record against Hull is frightening, three goals in the last two times they have met in the league. Hull will be tough to beat, though as manager Micky Phelan has got them set up well. But on paper, Arsenal should do it.
LEICESTER V BURNLEY: RIYAD MAHREZ
Leicester had a set-back last week against Liverpool, but they will be back in it this week against Burnley who have only won once this season. Mahrez is the man for this game, he’s a great player and he’s on the spot-kicks.
MANCHESTER CITY V BOURNEMOUTH: KEVIN DE BRUYNE
The United lads had a rough ride last week in the Derby, City looked really good. Kevin De Bruyne tore them apart with that early goal! If Sergio Aguero wasn’t banned, I would definitely go for him. He is usually a no-brainer. But with him not around, Kevin De Bruyne could surprise us again.
WEST BROM V WEST HAM: GARETH MCAULEY
This game won’t be high-scoring. West Ham had a complete shocker last week against Watford, and they’ll struggle to break down West Brom. The goal here will come from a Baggies set piece, so stick with Gareth McAuley.
EVERTON V MIDDLESBROUGH: ROMELU LUKAKU
You’ve got to go with the man of the moment here, Romelu Lukaku. Wow. I can’t imagine what those two lads must have felt like on Monday! This is the start of a hot streak for Lukaku, with international goals and his hat-trick back-to-back. He is the easiest pick of the week.
WATFORD V MANCHESTER UNITED: ODION IGHALO
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw what Watford did to West Ham last week. It was a great come-back! Ighalo netted the goal that got his side back in the game and he could score again against United. It will be tough game at Vicarage Road and Watford showed last week that they won’t just roll over for anyone.
CRYSTAL PALACE V STOKE: CHRISTIAN BENTEKE
This definitely isn’t the most exciting of games on paper, but Christian Benteke will get one here easily. Stoke haven’t beaten Palace since 2013 and he scored his first goal since his move from Liverpool last week – it could be the first of many.
TOTTENHAM V SUNDERLAND: HARRY KANE
It was great to see Dele Alli and Harry Kane back on the score sheet last week. For a striker like Kane, and out-and-out goal scorer, that will do him the world of good. His confidence has definitely been low recently and that will have really brought him up. He could bag against a struggling Sunderland, no trouble.