Arsenal and United will serve up goal
feast fit for top table at the Emirates
Peter Crouch's 89th-minute
goal did more than give Liverpool a record Champions League win. It also
ensured one Paddy Power customer collected £5,000 after gambling
£10 on an 8-0 victory for Rafael Benítez's side at odds of 500-1.
Sporting Index also suffered as one client bought Liverpool superiority over
Besiktas at 1.9 for £10,000 a goal, resulting in a £61,000
However, those amounts pale next to the winnings of one William
Hill customer, who correctly forecast the half-time and full-time results in
matches featuring Internazionale (7-2), Sporting Club (4-1) and Slavia Prague
(6-1) as well as predicting that Sevilla (8-13) and Fenerbahce would win. A
£240 accumulator netted £123,122.11.
Sky Bet said Chelsea's 0-0 draw with
Schalke knocked out over 10,000 such roll-ups while VC Bet said the stalemate
saved them £30,000.
Manchester United were best backed in last
week's fixture between the top two in the Premier League. VC Bet was saved an
£80,000 pay-out thanks to the draw, although Ladbrokes reported one bet
of £8,000 at 9-4 on the draw. Paddy Power reported eight bets of
£5,000 on Arsenal.
Justin Rose was popular with customers of
Ladbrokes (which made a £30,000 loss) and Sky Bet (one bet of
£2,000 at 14-1) to win the Volvo Masters, though both firms were glad he
denied the well-backed Ernie Els the Order of Merit title.
more than 20 four-figure bets on Joe Calzaghe defeating Mikkel Kessler,
including one of £7,000.