Not many people saw Chelsea's win at Anfield coming but Betting.Betfair's Opta stats maestro Michael Lintorn certainly did, advising punters to get on at a juicy 5.59/2. It was one of a series of winning bets from our stable of football writers during the week. Here's the regular Monday round-up...
"Michael was very keen to get behind Chelsea all week, despite talk of a reserve side being fielded and Liverpool's phenomenal home record. In an opinion piece on Wednesday, he advised backing the Blues at 5.49/2 and followed this up with three out of three winners in the 'Opta Big Match Stats' preview.
Michael was very keen to get behind Chelsea all week, despite talk of a reserve side being fielded and Liverpool's phenomenal home record. In an opinion piece on Wednesday, he advised backing the Blues at 5.49/2 and followed this up with three out of three winners in the 'Opta Big Match Stats' preview of the game: lay Liverpool at 1.728/11, back Chelsea at 5.59/2 and lay Luis Suarez to score at 2.166/5
There was also a full house in the later Sunday game for Michael, with all of his recommendations on Crystal Palace v Man City - away win at 1.51/2, City HT/FT at 2.1411/10 and Under 2.5 Goals at 2.3611/8 - paying out.
And it didn't end there. Another of Michael's weekly Opta-based columns picks out scorers for the weekend and last week saw him recommending bets on Wilfried Bony and Connor Wickham to find the net.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Lewis Jones tipped up 'Any Unquoted' Correct Score at 4.67/2 in his preview of Ryan Giggs' debut as Manchester United v Norwich. This bet pays out if either team scores four or more and United delivered.
Down the tiers now and it was an excellent week for League Two tipster Ian Lamont, whose column returned a healthy 10.05pt profit thanks to York City's 1-0 win over Newport, tipped at 7.413/2, and Portsmouth somehow retrieving a draw at Bury, as advised, despite being 3-0 down.
Looking across the Channel and yet another good week for Ligue 1 man James Eastham, who hit five winners from six and a profit of 3.45 points, making it eight successful tips out of the last nine recommended.
On to La Liga and it was an excellent week for Tobias Gourlay, with four winning tips from five - and the fifth a partial winner on the Asian Handicap. The column produced a profit of 4.31 points - meaning a healthy season profit of 17.74 points.
Finally on the football front and Dan Fitch nailed three out of five winners in his weekly Goalscorer Gamble column, with Wayne Rooney scoring first as advised at 4.47/2 and Wilfried Bony and Marco Reus anytime at 2.427/5 and 2.8815/8 respectively, producing a profit of 4.7 points.
It's the regular appearance in Tips of the Week for rugby tipster Simon Mail, who had four winners from six in his Heineken Cup semi-finals preview. Ralph Ellis joined the party last week as well, backing Saracens to win at 2.546/4.
Greyhounds expert Darrell Williams hit three winners from eight tips - including 7/1 shot Scolari Express - in his preview of the Hove races on Thursday, producing a profit of six points. This followed a superb week from Darrell's previous column, which hit six winners from seven tips.
In the IPL, Richard O'Hagan called Rajasthan's surprise victory over Bangalore on Friday at 2.56/4 - one of the biggest pre-match prices seen on a winning side in the tournament so far.
Finally, it wasn't quite a winner but tennis writer Sean Calvert's tip Lukas Rosol to win the ATP tournament in Bucharest at 21.020/1 almost paid out as the Czech reached the final - it was a very decent back-to-lay shout as Rosol traded at 2.56/4 to win.