20 Stats from the Betting Industry

0 – How much it costs to sign up to a top online bookmaker with these free bets no deposit offers.

1 – The ‘Big 6’ all winning in one weekend, a popular bet for punters but one the bookies like to take, has just occurred once this season (on 23rd/24th September).

9/2 – Naysayers can get odds of 9/2 that England are eliminated at the group stage of the 2018 World Cup.

7 – The years a punter had to wait to collect his 2010 bet on Wayne Rooney returning to Everton. The bet was made for £20 at odds of 100/1. Weirdly, the punter was a Manchester City fan.

11 – There were 11 minutes left to go in the Mali vs Angola African Cup of Nations Game in 2010. Angola were 4-0 up when one punter put £5 on the draw in a live bet. The final score? 4-4 and a happy punter with £5k in his pocket.

13/1 – The current odds for Liverpool to win the Champions League – the most popular choice among the remaining eight teams, according to comparison site Oddschecker.

15 – Paddy Power paid out on Man City winning the Premier League this season after just 15 games. It’s not the first time the Irish bookmaker has paid out early. Although, they don’t always get it right – in 2016 they lost $1 million by paying out on Hillary Clinton to win the US election.

16/1 – Current odds of England to win the 2018 World Cup. Germany are favourites at 5/1.

17 – The number of points by which Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich both lead their respective leagues. The odds offered for either to win are around 1/2000.

30 – A punter once spent 30p on a 15-team accumulator bet featuring matches across Europe. The odds were over 1.6 million to one. It won, making the punter £500,000 richer. The final game in his accumulator – Bayern Munich vs Valencia in 2001 Champions League Final – was decided by a penalty shoot-out: talk about nerve-wracking.

33/1 – Current odds for rock-bottom West Bromwich Albion to stay up this season.

44/1 – The approximate odds for Southampton to win the FA Cup and get relegated to the Championship at the end of the season – just like Wigan Athletic did in 2013.

48 – A study showed that around 48% of all UK adults regularly (at least once every four weeks) take part in a gambling-related activity.

50/1 – The odds for Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp to become the next manager of Manchester United.

125/1 – The odds that a Liverpool fan got on Xabi Alonso scoring from his own half during the 2006 season. The punter put £200 on at 125/1. Alonso, of course, did the business.

250/1 – Current odds for Manchester United winning the Premier League this season, which is still (just about) possible with eight games to go.

2000/1 – The odds of England’s Group G rivals Panama winning the World Cup.

5000/1 – The odds for Leicester City to win the Premier League in 2015-16 were 5000/1 at the start of the season. Some of the punters ‘cashed in’ at a reduced price their bets early, but a handful held their nerve until the end of that extraordinary season.

35,000 – Cost in pounds to run a television advert during a Premier League game. Betting companies often take up these spots.

10,000,000 – The amount in pounds said to be earned in stud fees each year by Rock of Gibraltar. The horse was once part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson.


20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 30 ft. Arsenal & Wilfried Zaha

3 – Wayne Rooney has now missed three penalties this season.

5 – Brighton & Hove Albion have scored five own goals this season – two more than any other side.

10 – Crystal Palace have lost all 10 Premier League matches which Wilfried Zaha has not started this season.

11′ – Jordan Ayew’s red card after 11 minutes was the earliest a player has been sent off in the Premier League this season.

12 – Southampton have conceded more goals from outside the penalty area than any other team so far this season.

14% – Liverpool have won only one of their seven Premier League matches immediately after a Champions League game this season (D4, L2).

16 – Tottenham Hotspur have now taken 16 points from a possible 18 versus Bournemouth in the Premier League (W5, D1, L0).

16 – Huddersfield Town have failed to score in a league-high 16 different Premier League games this season.

21 – West Bromwich Albion have dropped a league-high 21 points from winning positions so far this season.

30 – Huddersfield Town had more shots in their 0-0 draw against Swansea City on Saturday than any other side has had this season without scoring.

30 – Dele Alli has scored in 30 different Premier League games in his career and has not been on the losing side in any of those matches (W24, D6).

33 – West Ham United’s Joe Hart has conceded 33 goals in only 15 Premier League appearances this season.

41 – Sam Allardyce has now faced 41 different clubs in the Premier League, – Derby County are the only side he’s failed to beat in the competition (D1, L3).

43 – Burnley have recorded their highest points tally in a single Premier League season, with eight games still to go.

44% – Marcus Rashford has scored seven of his 16 Premier League goals against ‘big six’ teams.

50 – Mesut Özil became the fastest player to reach 50 Premier League assists.  The German reached the half-century in just 141 games – breaking the record held by former-Manchester United forward Eric Cantona (143 games).

81 – Manchester City have picked up 81 points after only 30 games – the same tally Leicester City achieved in winning the title in 2015-16.

100% – Manchester United produced just two shots on target in their 2-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday.

144 – Mauricio Pochettino took charge of his 144th Premier League game as Tottenham Hotspur manager – no manager has taken charge of more games in the history of the competition for Spurs (level with Harry Redknapp).

200Petr Čech became the first goalkeeper to keep 200 clean sheets in Premier League history.

20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 29 ft. Man Utd & Łukasz Fabiański

1 – Crystal Palace took the lead against Manchester United for the first time in any of their 18 Premier League matches against the Red Devils.

1 – Riyad Mahrez scored his first direct free kick in the Premier League, to equalise in the 97th minute at home to Bournemouth.

3 – Brighton & Hove Albion have won three consecutive Premier League games for the first time.

6 – Bournemouth are unbeaten in all six of their Premier League meetings against Leicester City (D5, L1).

7 – Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire had more attempts on goal than any other Premier League player this weekend.

8% – West Bromwich Albion have won just three of their last 38 Premier League games.

11 – Arsenal have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 11 Premier League games.  Petr Čech is stuck on 199 clean sheets in his English top flight career.

11 – Huddersfield Town have failed to score in 11 Premier League away games this season – more than any other side in the competition.

16 – Southampton have won just once in the past 16 Premier League games (D9, L6).

18 – Manchester United are unbeaten in all 18 Premier League matches versus Crystal Palace (W15, D3).

22 – Everton have won only one of their last 22 Premier League away games (D9, L12).

30 – Manchester City fired in 30 shots in their two games versus Chelsea combined this season – a shot every six minutes on average.

37 – West Ham United have conceded 37 goals away from home in the Premier League so far this season – more than any other side in the top flight.

40 – Burnley have equalled their record Premier League points tally, with nine games remaining.

57% – Eight of Andros Townsend’s 14 Premier League goals have been scored from outside the penalty area.

69% – Manchester United have won 42 of their 61 Premier League matches played on a Monday night.

95% – Swansea City have scored 20 of their 21 Premier League penalties. Of teams to have taken at least five penalties in the history of the competition this is the highest conversion rate (95%).

100 – Mauricio Pochettino became the 19th manager to reach 100 Premier League wins.

101 – Swansea City’s Łukasz Fabiański has made the most saves so far this season.

975 – Manchester City completed a Premier League record 975 passes in their 1-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.

20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 28 ft. Man City & Mohamed Salah

1 – Chelsea lost after scoring the opening goal for the first time this season (W15, D0).

1 – Manchester City’s Ederson has now saved more penalties (1) at the Emirates Stadium than Arsenal’s Petr Čech despite the Brazilian making his debut there on Thursday.

2 – Huddersfield Town are the first team West Bromwich Albion have beaten twice in a single Premier League season.

3 – Manchester City handed Arsenal their joint-heaviest home Premier League defeat on Thursday (also lost by 3 goals to Coventry City (1993), Middlesbrough (2001) and Chelsea (twice in 2009)).

3 – Arsenal conceded three goals in a home Premier League fixture for the first time.

4 – Brighton & Hove Albion’s Lewis Dunk has scored four own goals this season – the joint-most in a single Premier League season (also Martin Škrtel in 2013-14).

4 – Liverpool have scored four goals in each of their past three Premier League games against West Ham United.

7% – Southampton have won just one of their last 15 Premier League matches (D8, L6).

8 – West Brom have take just eight points in 14 Premier League matches under Alan Pardew (W1, D5, L8) – four fewer than their first 14 games of the 2017-18 season before his arrival (W2, D6, L6).

11 – Burnley are winless in their last 11 Premier League games (D6, L5).

11 – Only teammate Kevin De Bruyne (14) has more Premier League assists than Manchester City’s Leroy Sané so far this season.

13 – Bournemouth and Everton have picked up the most points from losing positions this season.

15 – David Moyes has never won at Anfield as a manager (L8, D7).

20 – Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has scored 20 goals in the Premier League with his left foot this season – the most with this foot in a single season in the competition’s history.

31 – Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 31 Premier League goals this season (23 goals, 8 assists) – the most in the division.

42 – Saido Berahino has gone more than two calendar years since he last scored a Premier League goal (42 games).

64% – Nine of Xherdan Shaqiri’s 14 Premier League goals have come from outside the penalty area.

82 – Manchester City have now scored more Premier League goals this season (82) than they scored in the entirety of last season (80).

83% – Five of West Brom’s last six Premier League goals have been scored via corners.

4326 – Stoke City’s Tyrese Campbell made his Premier League debut 4,326 days after his father, Kevin Campbell, made his last appearance in the competition.

José Mourinho’s all-time record vs the top 6

Manchester United host Chelsea on Sunday in a crucial Premier League clash for both sides.

The Red Devils currently sit in second in the table, only three points above the defending champions, who themselves are only one point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur.

Finishing in the top four means UEFA Champions League football which is a big deal in terms of prestige and attracting new world class stars over the summer.

José Mourinho has faced some criticism from both the media and fans this season for the style of football his United side are playing.  The Portuguese coach has come under a lot of stick this past week following his side’s ultra-defensive performance in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League second round tie.

The United boss has won it previously – the first occasion with FC Porto in 2004, which landed him the Chelsea job that summer.  He would later win it in his second season at Internazionale in 2010.

However, Mourinho has failed to win the trophy in two spells at Chelsea, as well as in three seasons at Real Madrid.  And since winning the trophy for the first time back in 2004 a number of top managers have since started their careers.

Zinedine Zidane, Pep Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp, Antonio Conte and Unai Emery weren’t managers back in 2004, whilst Massimiliano Allegri had just completed his first season as a manager.

How did José Mourinho compare versus the top six years ago compared to today?  The table below reveals all:

His first jobs at Benfica and UD Leiria didn’t last a full season and with both teams not being title contenders that season.  Mourinho turned his form and career around at FC Porto after joining in January 2002 – winning the title in each of his first two seasons in charge, and the Champions League in the latter.

At FC Porto José Mourinho won all 12 of his league matches at the Estádio do Dragão against the top six and 70% of his matches against the same opponents.

OK, so the Primeira Liga is not very competitive and that Porto team is one of the best in Portuguese history – fair enough.  Move on to Chelsea.  In his first three-and-a-bit-year spell in England, Mourinho won 67% of his home matches versus fellow top six opponents, making the West London club Premier League champions for the first time.

In fact, during his second spell at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho won 75% of his home matches.  In between that he had home win records of 60% and 79% at Internazionale (2 seasons) and Real Madrid (3 seasons) respectively.

Now on to José Mourinho’s current job at Manchester United.  If we take the current Premier League standings to include his results versus the current top six, then the United boss has won just 43% – much lower than any of the other big clubs he has taken charge of.


Away from home has been a bit hit and miss for the successful manager.  He never won a game at any of the top six during his short spells in charge at Benfica and UD Leiria, whilst he posted a 36% win record on the road at FC Porto.

That win percentage increased during his time at Chelsea -50% during his first spell, before dropping down to 30% during his two years at Internazionale.  His best record on the road came with Real Madrid where he won 63% of his trips to the La Liga’s top six over a three-year period which included a 100-point season in the middle.

Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea was less than spectacular as the Blues won just 23% of their away games.  However, it’s getting even worse at United.  Their 3-1 win at Arsenal earlier their campaign is the only top six team he has beaten in the Premier League away from Old Trafford.

Is Mourinho on the decline?