One lucky Paddy Power punter enjoyed a wonderful weekend after seeing a brilliant fivefold bet on the football fly in.
The savvy Sunderland local opted for an Over 3.5 Goals acca in Saturday’s 3pm kickoffs at odds of 690/1, and their smart selections saw them pocket a whopping £6,912 off a £10 stake – although the bet was actually secured with very little drama at all!
With Southampton reeling after a 9-0 defeat to Manchester United and Newcastle notoriously naff this season, it was no surprise that their clash at St James’ Park made it onto the bet slip.
And that leg of the accumulator was safely secured before half-time with Joe Willock opening the scoring and Miguel Almiron bagging a brace either side of Takumi Minamino’s strike.
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Southampton made a game of it with James Ward-Prowse’s stunning free-kick in the second half, but Saints couldn’t find a way to equalise – despite Jeff Hendrick’s red card – and the match finished 3-2 to the Magpies.
However, our punter’s attention had already turned elsewhere with two games in the Championship and two more League One clashes vital to earning the bumper payout.
Doncaster’s home meeting with Oxford delivered the goods inside the hour, with goals from Fejiri Okenabirhie and Taylor Richards securing the leg after Sam Long had cancelled out Jon Taylor’s earlier effort.
Oxford did get another one back through Olamide Shodipo, but that was ultimately irrelevant to this wonderful wager.
MK Dons and Sunderland also got their leg wrapped up inside 60 minutes, with Luke O’Nien equalising for the Black Cats after Charlie Wyke, Joe Mason and Cameron Jerome had all struck in the first half. If our brave bettor is a Sunderland supporter, they probably won’t be too unhappy with a point here!
Things were only slightly more tense in the Championship games – both legs priced at 3/1 – with Brentford taking until the 64th minute to get the third goal of their comeback against Middlesbrough.
The match ultimately ended 4-1 to the Bees with a double from Ivan Toney and strikes from Vitaly Janelt and Mathias Jensen after David Raya’s early own goal.
With four legs sewn up, it was all eyes on Bournemouth against Birmingham at the Vitaly Stadium and things were looking shaky with the scores locked at 1-1 after an hour.
But Jack Wilshere’s goal on 61 minutes triggered an almost immediate response from the Blues and Scott Hogan’s second strike of the game secured the fivefold before Phillip Billing stole the points for the Cherries.
That glut of goals meant a wonderful weekend for our winner and a tough Monday for Paddy’s bean counters. All we can do is say “well done and welcome to our Punting Hall of Fame!”
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