It could have been pure genius or perhaps total luck but Craig Lyon had a massive but unlikely win on Tuesday evening. A £10 bet was cashed out for £2,442.21 and it was only a win double.

Tuesday January 29 had looked like being a good night for favourites with Manchester City away at Newcastle United and Manchester United home to Burnley. That opinion didn’t change when inside 30 seconds, Manchester City took the lead at Newcastle.

A Brave Bet

That didn’t deter this brave punter who placed a bet on Burnley to end Manchester United’s winning streak at odds of 8/1. He placed them in a win double with Newcastle to beat City and the odds on that happening were now 50/1.

The 458/1 win double didn’t look like being a winner as the two matches reached half-time. City were still 1-0 up at Newcastle and it was goalless at Old Trafford.  Everything was to change in the second half though. Just six minutes into the second period of play, Burnley took a shock lead at Old Trafford through an Ashley Barnes goal. That put the winning streak of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer in danger but that was the least of Craig’s concerns.

There was still the small problem that Newcastle United were a goal down at home and struggling to get possession. Then after 66 minutes, totally against the run of play Newcastle equalized. Incredibly, the 79th minute saw Newcastle awarded a penalty and when Matt Ritchie scored from the spot, the home side took a 2-1 lead. More good news followed as Burnley went 2-0 up with ten minutes to go.

Time to Cash Out

The unlikely bet was now in pole position and it was time to cash out for £2,442.21. That turned out to be amazing foresight as United fought back to get a 2-2 draw. A good comeback for United but it was Craig who was smiling at the end of the night.

Published by Steve Ashfield

Steve is a self-employed freelance writer with years of experience writing about everything from sport to politics. He loves his statistics and quotes them at every opportunity.

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