Football’s almost back to feeling normal again, and you can tell because Paddy’s back taking an absolute walloping at the hands of his plucky punters with their blimmin’ ridiculous Saturday afternoon accas.
Sure, we’re a few days away from the Community Shield – yeah, really – but there’s plenty of other leagues around the world that are back in action after Covid-19’s interruption and you better believe some shrewdies on PaddyPower.com have been paying attention.
None more so than one Saturday selector who built a spectacularly successful sevenfold from the unpromising material of the Finnish second division.
You know what they say, after all; 3’o’clock on Saturday is all about the Ykkonen!
What? You’re not following the Finnish version of the Championship?
Call yourself a football fan? Shaking my head here.
Our wagering winner clearly is because he nailed a £1 Result and Both Teams to Score acca on Saturday afternoon that laid waste to our price-setters on Finland’s second-highest tier of domestic-based footballers.
MyPa beat Yer Da 4-2 – no, wait, only joking, it was actually the mighty SJK 2 they took down – going 3-0 up before the break and allowing their opponents to net in the second half and nail one winning bet at 11/4.
Meanwhile, KPV were smashing Gnistan 6-1 in Finland’s alphabet soup below the Veikkausliiga, the losing side’s 73rd-minute penalty making a big difference for this punter if not for their supporters as it brought in a 3/2 winner.
A level up the Finnish football ladder, KuPS v IFK Mariehamn on Saturday provided an even later winner, with the visitors only registering a goal in the 87th minute to keep this bet alive as KuPS ran out 2-1 winners at 17/10.
And rounding off the run through the leagues of a country slightly more boring than Belgium, AC Kajaani got two men sent off as they lost 3-2 to KTP and added a 3/1 win to the slip, meaning these four correct calls in Finland would’ve returned a winning fourfold of just over 100/1, but there was plenty more to come.
Continuing the Scandinavian sojourn, Kristiansund took out Sarpsborg in Norway’s Eliteserien 4-1 where a 90th-minute goal for the Jorgen Larsen of the away made the difference to keep this bet alive at 11/4, while Valerenga turned around a one-goal deficit in the final seven minutes of their game against Sandefjord with a pair of goals at 11/5.
Meaning the sevenfold, adding up to 1,214/1 after six winning legs, came down to Rakow v Legia Warsaw in the Polish Ekstraklasa, where the home side were holding the 2019/20 league champions to a 1-1 draw until the 84th minute, when Czech international Tomas Pekhart scored his second goal of the game to win it for Legia and, far importantly, make this £1 punt a £4,374 winner.
Think I need to brush up on my Scandi football, or at least figure out what all these random letters stand for.