That’s the big question about Erling Haaland, and these hat-tricks that are costing me an absolute fortune.
If he scores three this afternoon against Southampton that makes it four in the Premier League on the bounce. We are 4/1 he does just that – and just 13/8 he scores first while Betfred have his Little and Large partner Phil Foden at 5/1 to score the opener.
The Blues are 1/9 to win today, and with league leaders Arsenal hosting Liverpool tomorrow I’m pretty sure they will be top of the tree on Monday – a position they will maintain until the end of the season.
They are already 1/4 with us to retain the title with Arsenal 7/1, fading Liverpool at 10/1, Spurs at 20/1, Chelsea 28/1 … and United, well they have drifted out to 66/1.
I went out on a bit of a limb, even by my standards, when I offered an industry-best 10/1 about Haaland scoring a hat-trick in the Manchester Derby.
I didn’t believe he’d be able to carry on his fantastic goalscoring record against the mighty Reds – well, how wrong was I! It’s cost me well over £50,000, but I’m paying out with a smile to all those chuckling Blues who took me on.
I couldn’t believe how poor United were, especially after those morale-boosting wins against Liverpool and Arsenal – albeit at Old Trafford – earlier in the season. City were a class apart, with not just Norwegian Haaland hitting three but also Stockport-born Foden.
Amazingly, we did have 10 people who backed City to win 6-3 at 300/1, including one customer in Kent who picked up £1,500 which she plans to spend having the best Christmas ever with her family.
United have a tricky game tomorrow at Everton and are slight favourites at 11/10 to win. Thank heavens Marcus Rashford found his scoring boots in the Europa League in Cyprus – and he’s 7/2 to open the scoring at Goodison.
Meanwhile, England RL coach Shaun Wane has been rocked by injuries to two key Saints players in Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival, who unfortunately won’t be able to take part in the World Cup that gets underway when we face Samoa in Newcastle on October 15.
Betfred make England third favourites at 10/1 to win the competition, behind Australia and New Zealand at 1/2 and 7/2 respectively.
Wales can be backed at 250/1 – while Scotland and Ireland are both as big as 500/1.