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One of the upsides to having every game on the final day of the Premier League season kicking off at the same time, is that you get to have a cheeky flutter on 10 matches and watch all the drama unfold in just under two hours. With games being spaced out due to Covid-19, yesterday provided a rare opportunity to punt on a glut of Premier League fixtures happening on the same day and boy, did one of our customers grab that chance with both hands!
Our punter – who hails from the city of Liverpool – somehow correctly called the results on every game of Round 38 of the Premier League, and scored a terrific 10-fold accumulator in the process. The bonkers bet beat odds of 4,503/1 to land and after placing just a £5 stake on the punt, our winner took home a whopping £22,520 as the final whistles of the season blew.
We don’t know if our winner is a Red, a Blue or even a fan of Tranmere, but a little luck was needed along the way and our victor will be especially thankful to a certain Mr Gareth Bale for his part in landing the loot. Let’s tell you how money was claimed.
It has to be said, that a lot of the selections on this betslip came in with the minimum of fuss. The easiest being Manchester City showing Everton exactly why they are champions, as they battered Everton 5-0 at the Etihad to kick-off their title celebrations in style. Goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden were added to by a fairytale brace from the departing Sergio Aguero, as the Citizens sent Carlo Ancelotti men on holiday with a hiding.
West Ham put another tick in the column by dismissing out-of-sorts Southampton 3-0 at the London Stadium. Pablo Fornals picked up a pair of goals in the space of three minutes in the first half and a late goal from Declan Rice put the cherry on top of a great campaign from David Moyes’ charges. That was added to by a routine 2-0 success for Arsenal, as they beat Brighton at home with two impressive finishes from Nicolas Pepe.
Leeds United also held up their end of the bargain for our punter as they ended ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce’s time in the West Brom hotseat with a 3-1 away defeat. With fans seeing Premier League football at Elland Road for the first time in 17 years, goals from Rodrigo, Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford secured an amazing ninth place finish for The Whites. Meanwhile, now the managerless Baggies are off for another term in the Championship.
They’ll be joined by Fulham, as their disappointing season ended with a typical turgid performance at home to Newcastle. But, The Magpies brought our beautiful bet to the halfway point with a 2-0 triumph, as the goals came from the rampant Joe Willock and a Fabian Schaer penalty.
A home win for basement club Sheffield United was next on the wishlist, and they duly obliged against Burnley. The Blades may be off to the Championship for the 2021/22 season, but at least they signed off their time in the Premier League on a positive note as David McGoldrick gave them a 1-0 lead, that they would never relinquish in the 24th minute. Our winner was also cute enough to call an away victory for a heavily-rotated Manchester United side at Molineux. Strikes from Anthony Elanga and Juan Mata ended Nuno Espírito Santo’s goodbye party at Wolves on a sour note.
We’ve deliberately left the race for the Champions League places to the end because not only was that the remaining issue to be resolved on the final day, but it was also where things got a bit nervy for our winner.
Sadio Mané eased those worries slightly as he bagged two for Liverpool against Crystal Palace at Anfield to wave off former Reds boss Roy Hodgson into retirement. That victory secured a place in Europe’s elite club competition for Jurgen Klopp’s outfit and closed a disjointed campaign for Liverpool on a happy note.
This leads us to probably the two most extraordinary calls on our victor’s acca. Firstly, the selection of Aston Villa to beat Champions League-chasing Chelsea. The Blues did all they could to throw a top four finish away at Villa Park as the home team ran out 2-1 winners.
That left the match at the King Power Stadium as the final result to be settled, and it went right down to the wire. Our winner had picked Tottenham to win, stopping Leicester making it into the Champions League spots at the last minute for a second season on the spin. But, with 14 minutes to go The Foxes were 2-1 in front thanks to a pair of penalties from Jamie Vardy.
However, while Leicester fans were in dreamland, our customer must have been thinking the bet was gone at that stage. Thankfully for our victor, Kasper Schmeichel stepped forward with a moment of madness to level matters by punching the ball into his own net. A draw was no good to our punter though, and time ticked away agonisingly as the Brendan Rodgers-led side desperately flew forward in the closing stages in search of a winner.
But, that proved to be their downfall, as Harry Kane broke into the box with just three minutes to go and cut the ball back for Gareth Bale to put Spurs in front late on. That goal ended Leicester Champions League dreams and the Welsh Wizard put the final nail in them six minutes into stoppage time to make it 4-2 to Tottenham.
That result meant a lovely sum of £22,520 was on its way to our winner in Liverpool, and that’s a Hall of Fame worthy punt in our book.
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