We really need to invest in a set of braces for our pants because you crafty so-and-sos just keep pulling them down every week, and the weekend just gone was no different. That’s because one punter – who hails from Dublin – had one of the sweetest Sunday’s he’s likely to have by taking our number crunchers to the cleaners with a beautiful bet.
Our winner somehow correctly called the result of nine games from three different European leagues on Sunday to score €13,122 of just a €5 stake on a nifty nine-fold accumulator that had us rubbing our eyes in disbelief. Within the punt, he also perfectly predicted the outcome of all five Premier League games on the day, and you surely would have laughed off some of his forecasts before a ball was kicked.
The wonderful wager also included picks from pair of ties in Italy’s Serie A and a couple of matches from Ligue 1 in France. But, there was some big calls to be made before landing the loot, let’s tell you how the bet came in for our victor.
The 12:00 meeting of red-hot Southampton and out-of-sorts Sheffield United was the obvious place to start for our punter, and he made no mistake by picking The Saints as they made Chris Wilder’s side bow to a 3-0 defeat at St Mary’s. Goals from Che Adams, Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond blunted The Blades and rocketed Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men back into the Champions League places in the table.
Next on the hitlist was a dicey duo of games in Serie A at 14:00. Roma made easy work of their trip to Bologna by scoring five goals from five different scorers at the Stadio Renato Dell-Ara, but it was a little more difficult for Napoli at home to Sampdoria. The visitors grabbed an early lead on 20 minutes to be ahead at the break, but Gennaro Gattuso’s side were much better in the second half and secured victory at the newly-named Stadio Diego Armando Maradona thanks to strikes from Hirving Lozano and Andrea Petagna respectively.
Those matches were quickly followed by a hop back to England as our winner was seeking a draw between in-form Crystal Palace and table-toppers Tottenham, and that’s exactly what he got at Selhurst Park. Harry Kane gave Spurs a first-half lead, as Son Heung-min and Kane kept up their efforts this season to exclusively set each other up for goals. But, there was late drama as Jeff Schlupp capitalised on a mistake from Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris to level matters with just nine minutes to go and pinch a share of the points from the title chasers.
A jump over the Channel was required after that, and our Irish victor was hoping Lille could do the business at home to Bordeaux in Ligue 1. Things got a little hairy when Bordeaux’s Toma Basic cancelled out Jonathan Bamba’s opener for the home side, but former Crystal Palace, Southampton and West Ham man Jose Fonte restored Lille’s advantage on the stoke of half-time and it was one they wouldn’t relinquish afterwards.
It was back to the Premier League following that, and the sixth leg of the awesome acca was a draw between relegation candidates Fulham and title favourites Liverpool at Craven Cottage. You probably would have snorted at such a notion before kick-off, but that’s exactly what went down. Bobby Decordova-Reid beat the returning Alisson in The Reds goal to give the Scott Parker’s boys an unlikely lead in the 28th minute and Liverpool needed a late Mo Salah penalty to leave west London with just a single point.
Leicester made it seventh heaven for our customer in the 19:15 kick-off with an easy 3-0 victory over Brighton at the King Power Stadium. A brace from James Maddison and a strike from Jamie Vardy (who else?) had the game in the bag before the half-time whistle had even sounded. But, then there was some decisions to be made from our winner!
A rare success for Burnley at Arsenal was the eighth leg on the betslip and when Granit Xhaka picked up a stupid red card in the 58th-minute things were looking rosy. That was swiftly followed by an own goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to give The Clarets a corking lead at the Emirates. A few minutes later Lyon went ahead at PSG after Tino Kadewere found the net at the Parc des Princes in the final game of the bet and our victor decided it was time to play the percentages.
Utilising the partial cash-out feature Paddy offer, he secured himself €1,950 from €3.75 of the punt and once that was in the back pocket, he bravely let the remaining €1.25 ride on the bonkers bet. It proved to be an outstanding call as nothing changed in the final two games and the bet was in. That decision brought in whopping extra winnings of €11,171, netting him €13,122 in total.
That’s a Hall of Fame punt in our book! Enjoy it!
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