#LegThatLetYouDown: Pressure heaped on Rafa as failure to score lets down 40% of voters

Real Madrid draw a blank in El Clasico as Bale and Ronaldo frustrate punters
Real Madrid draw a blank in El Clasico as Bale and Ronaldo frustrate punters
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It wasn't the humiliating defeat in the El Clasico that resulted in #LegThatLetYouDown fury but the failure of a £180m strike force to net a single goal for Madrid. Here's the full lowdown on this week's poll...

Results (3,151 votes)

- Both Teams To Score in El Clasico @ 4/9 (40%)
- Leeds Utd to beat Rotherham @ 5/6 (32%)
- Silviniaco Conti to win Betfair Chase @ 5/4 (17%)
- Arsenal to beat West Brom @ 1/2 (11%)

Both Teams To Score in El Clasico @ 4/9

Rafa Benitez is 202 days into his reign at the Bernabeu and despite a seemingly solid record of P16 W10 D4 L2, his position is now teetering on the brink after Barcelona inflicted a humiliating 4-0 home defeat on Saturday night.

Rafa is probably feeling the strain however this stress was directly pushed onto 40% of Betfair punters this weekend as the chief #LegThatLetYouDown culprit.

Particularly crushing for those of you with an El Clasico leg in your acca, it wasn't even a loss that ruined your bet. At 4/9, betslips were full of Both Teams To Score in 90 mins and with these two front lines ludicrously plundering 197 goals in 94 games in 2015 why the hell wouldn't you put this selection in?

Many will blame Rafa's tactical rigidity and emphasis on solidity at the back (although he played a surprisingly attacking formation) but to be fair to him Cristiano Ronaldo's 'barren' run saw him miss a couple of chances he'd normally convert while under general anaesthetic.

In the end, the purists will have swooned over a Luis Suarez double, one from Neymar and an absolute belter by Andreas Iniesta but the lack of a Madrid goal left you high and dry as Los Blancos join the Let Down List.

Leeds Utd to beat Rotherham @ 5/6

As source of much ridicule already this season, it had looked like Steve Evans had Leeds Utd turning a corner in recent weeks with three wins on the bounce and no goals conceded. On Saturday, 32% of you were confident enough in the trends to include Leeds at 5/6, particularly given the fact that Rotherham had lost six of their last seven, most recently a 5-2 pummeling to Ipswich.

It looked like a really solid call on paper but the #LegThatLetYouDown nominations have displayed lob sided trends like this all season. An ominous sign was perhaps when Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn wielded the axe in the wake of the loss to Ipswich with 9 changes to the starting lineup. After a blank first half, Leeds backers wouldn't have necessarily been pushing the panic button but on 54 minutes Joe Newell put The Millers ahead.

Despite Leeds throwing plenty at Rotherham for the remainder of the game, Evans bemoaned his sides 'lack of quality around the box' and this lack of quality turned accas sour for 32% of this week's voters. Leeds just keep attracting negative vibes...

Silviniaco Conti to win the Betfair Chase @ 5/4

There are few horses who have been as popular as Silviniaco Conti in recent times and Paul Nicholls' nine-year-old was heavily supported by 17% of you to claim an unprecedented third straight Betfair Chase on National Jockey Day at Haydock.

In his way stood only four contenders, the most dangerous of which being Colin Tizzard's Cue Card, he himself a former winner. However confidence would have been understandably high for Conti backers given his 13-length victory when the two rivals last met at the King George.

Tizzard was convinced prior to the off that Cue Card could silence the doubters who thought they'd already seen the best of him but to the irk of Conti's loyal following he would be emphatically proved right as the 10-year old completely demolished Conti from two out to canter home by seven lengths, busting National Jockey Day multiples and bigger dips on Conti alone. The big question now is, what for this year's King George? Answers on a postcard...

Arsenal to beat West Brom @ 1/2

This time last year, Chelsea were top (now 15th), Leicester were 20th (now top) and Arsenal were fourth. The Gunners consistency to be dangerous-yet-vulnerable is quite bewildering as this 2-1 defeat away to West Brom places them, yet again, fourth in the table and a #LegThatLetYouDown for 11% of voters.

Betfair punters had included Arsenal in their accas in a variety of different value bets but when they can't get the win at 1/2 you know it's not going to be a pleasurable afternoon for their backers.

The pain felt by 11% was more intense than usual as Santi Cazorla's comical John Terry-esque penalty slip spurning the most golden of chances for Arsenal to get back in the game after James Morrison and a Mike Arteta own goal saw them slip from 1-0 up to 2-1 down. To add to the general woe on a terrible day for the Gunners they lost both Arteta and more worrying Francis Coquelin to injury.

Despite 73% of possession and 11 shots on target, Arsenal couldn't pull it through for their backers and here they lie in the #LegThatLetYouDown shamed columns. It's the hope that hurts the most...


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