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Weekend Review: Punters profit from return of the NFL

Patriotic soccer punters also enjoy England’s 4-0 victory over Bulgaria as Betfred pays out £35k to Goals Galore winner

Punters enjoyed a profitable weekend following the return of the NFL with nearly all short-priced favourites, including the New England Patriots, emerging victorious.

The Patriots’ dominant display against the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday saw the Pats win 33-3, while the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 10-3 in a much-anticipated start to the new season on Thursday.

Chad Yeomans from Betway said: “Our punters did enjoy some success with the NFL.

“Green Bay and New England gave favourite-backers something to cheer about in the televised games.

“With most of the short-priced favourites also winning, punters kept up their early advantage but Cleveland’s shock defeat at home to Tennessee let us claw some of those winnings back.”

Meanwhile, a Harry Kane hat-trick helped England triumph 4-0 over Bulgaria in their latest Euro 2020 qualifier at Wembley in a terrible result for the layers.

The Tottenham striker netted two penalties and a tap-in, while Raheem Sterling grabbed the other goal in the game.

Kindred’s Ali Gill said: “England’s win was one for the punters in every single way, with the result, England win to nil, Overs goal line and Harry Kane hattrick all resulting in a big red figure.”

Punters took advantage of the international break to bet on a wide-range of fixtures as one Betfred punter won £35k off a £3 wager on the operator’s Goals Galore promotion.

The six-fold, which included picks of Kosovo vs Czech Republic and Portland Timbers vs Kansas City came in, thanks to a 94th minute winner for the Timbers in the US.

It was a similar story at Ladbrokes, where one customer turned £15 into £30k after backing six teams to win, with both teams to score in five of those selections.

The bet looked like a near miss until Coventry’s Callum O’Hare scored in the 93rd minute. Ladbrokes Alex Apati said: “This plucky punter has well and truly proven it’s not over until the final whistle.

“It’s early days in the season but five late goals to turn £15 into £30k will take some beating as far as we’re concerned,” he added.

Elsewhere, Australia retained the Ashes on Sunday with a 185-run victory in the fourth test at Old Trafford.

Apati said: “It was a good result for us on the Ashes, annoyingly. England to draw was very well backed, but I think plenty were praying for rain.”

Kindred’s Gill said: “We took a loss there, although England’s mini resistance yesterday meant in-play the draw saw a few a small bit of action.”

Betway’s Yeomans said of the cricket: “Whilst the cricket didn’t offer the result the English would have hoped for, it ended up being good result for us.

“Punters enjoy backing the batting side at fancy prices and did so throughout last day in Manchester.”

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