“He’s the best header of the ball in the Premier League!” The commentators cried on Saturday afternoon. “He scored a hat-trick for Belgium midweek, surely he can score a penalty at home?!” They chorused as he stepped up to the penalty spot.
Tell that to the 75% of Hotshot Jackpot customers who were let down by Christian Benteke’s cringe-worthy penalty miss this weekend. He may have scored the quickest goal in World Cup qualifiers history against Gibraltar, but he couldn’t find the net against a struggling West Ham. So, really, who’s arsed?
Players had already navigated half of the eight weekly fixtures by this point, and following his midweek hat-trick – alongside three goals in six league games – he had earned his status as the most popular Jackpot selection of the week.
This, against a West Ham side who were second from the bottom without a win in five matches and have already conceded a whopping 17 goals this campaign. The traders clearly felt that Benteke was a banker to bag again – pricing him up at 6/5 to find the net at any time.
It just wasn’t meant to be. He let down tens of thousands of Hotshot Jackpot punters, missed a dodgy penalty and failed to find the net with his coveted head. He built us all up with a fantastic international performance against Gibraltar, and then let us all back down again to the tune of £250,000. Simply unforgiveable, Benteke is our Villain of the Week.
- Aaron Cresswell received a red card in the 75th minute of the game. No other side has picked up more League red cards than West Ham since the start of last season. Benteke still couldn’t bag a goal against a ten-man team.
- In his entire career, the Belgian let-down has taken a total of 14 penalties, scoring nine and missing five.
- The Hammers have made their worst start to a season since the 1988-89 season and this victory ended Palace’s five-game unbeaten streak.
- The Eagles had 55% of possession, alongside 12 shots and three on target. Two of those were our Villain’s, the other came from Andros Towsend.
- Alexis Sanchez was the second-biggest let down of the week, as Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil found the net for Arsenal.
- Just five players predicted that 32-year-old Jose Holebas would score for Watford.