You could just imagine the joy and anguish of James Fielding as he followed his bet on Friday January 20. There was a possible £25,000 to be won but he had to rely on cash out to get any win at all.
James had placed an ambitious seven-fold on Besiktas, Vitesse, Bayern Munich, Genk, Lille, Norwich City and Getafe to win and both teams score. His £5 bet had odds of 5002.59/1 and would have won him over £25,000.
There were problems early on though as Belgian side Genk went 1-0 down to St Truiden in just the second minute. Three minutes later Lille conceded at home to Amiens and the bet was in big trouble.
By half-time both teams were level and the other five teams all led, though four teams still hadn’t scored a goal. In the second-half, Besiktas were comfortably 3-0 up but James had to wait until the 71st minute for Akhisorspor to score.
In Holland, Excelsior rallied well at Vitesse and the home side were hanging on at 3-2 up. Perhaps one of the most difficult tasks was Hoffenheim scoring against resurgent Bayern Munich. A 59th minute goal by them must have put a big smile on the face of James.
Still Work to Do
However, Belgian league leaders Genk had gone behind again and trailed 2-1 with 19 minutes to play. But with just nine minutes to go, Genk had fought back to lead 3-2. Still there were problems though as the attention turned to France and Spain.
Lille were still level with Marseille but got an 85th minute winner. That £25,000 was getting even closer but Getafe were hammering Alaves and their opponents hadn’t had a shot on goal. It was time to cash out and James walked away with £769.63 for getting six out of seven right, not a bad way to spend a Friday evening but how would he have felt if Alaves had scored a late goal??