Looking back at the third round of the FA Cup there were plenty of upsets going around. League One side Gillingham took out Premier League side Cardiff for instance, while Newport County from League Two pulled off an even bigger shock in beating Leicester.
Other big winners pulling off shock wins included non-league Barnet beating Championship side Sheffield United and Oldham taking out Fulham.
24-year-old Laura Ward from Sheffield collected a great return of £8,800 from Betfred off a £1 bet on FA Cup giant-killers. The savvy punter correctly predicted four FA Cup third round upsets.
The picks that the punter went with were League Two’s Oldham taking a win at Premier League side Fulham at 9/1, Millwall beating Hull at 6/5 (the Lions were favourites), League One’s Doncaster getting the better of Championship side Preston at 3/1, non-league side Barnet beating Sheffield United, and that win for Newport over Leicester City.
The selections went into an accumulator.
Laura said: “I studied the Seventh Heaven coupon for about an hour and went for all the underdogs apart from Millwall beating Hull.
“I still can’t believe it, to win so much that could well transform my life for the sake of just £1 – it’s amazing!”
Betfred boss Fred Done said: “The third round might be fun for some people but it cost me well over half a million, with so many shock results and football fans like Laura picking my pocket with such tiny stakes.
From a betting perspective, golf is certainly no easy beast to tame. Because of the number of players in a field for a tournament, picking a winner out of the entire bunch is no easy thing to do. A wayward shot shanked into the drink can ruin a whole round, a whole tournament and a whole bet.
But one punter at Boylesports showed everyone else just how to do golf betting like a boss, as they nailed the winner of two golf tournaments not only on the same day but in the same bet.
The two selections combined to give the punter a five-figure sum with Boylesports. The punter, from County Mayo, Ireland played a €10 bet that required two winners: Xander Schauffele at the WGC-HSBC Champions as well as Cameron Champ to win the Sanderson Farms.
So that bet needed both players to win. Schauffele got the win, but that looked a bit dodgy, picking up a shot on each of the final two holes in China to take Tony Finau to a playoff. Shaufelle continued his streak by getting a birdie on the first playoff hole to win the tournament. Champ’s run was a little smoother as he defended a four shot lead that he had taken into the final day in Mississippi.
Schauffele went off at around 50-1 to win the WGC HSBC Champions, while Champ was listed around 65-1 at most sportsbooks to get the win in the US. When combined, BoyleSports paid out the winner at more than 1000-1. The bettor walked away with €10,950.