The votes have been counted and it's time to reveal the biggest 'acca buster' of the week, as voted by Betfair fans. Unsurprisingly, the Japan victory over South Africa was the leg that let most of you down. Here's the lowdown...
Results (2,297 votes)
South Africa to beat Japan @ 1/500 (46%)
Man City to beat West Ham @ 1/4 (23%)
Stoke to beat Leicester City @ 3/1 (16%)
Innocent Touch to win the 17:30 at Aye @ 3/1 (15%)
South Africa to beat Japan @ 1/500
Could the majority of the vote could have gone to anyone else in all seriousness? The miniscule odds about South Africa recording a win over minnows Japan may not have been appealing to many punters, but even those that sought value in our various handicap markets (offering Japan a 42-point advantage) would have been left dumbfounded by what can be considered one of the greatest shocks in sporting history.
Most would have expected the game to be over at half-time, but after 40 testing minutes, it was Japan who led 12-10 and could still be backed in-play @ 30/1!
The second half produced a sense of drama and excitement you would sooner expect from a final, not an opening group game. The clock had long turned red when Japan found themselves deep inside the opponents 22, needing three points to tie the game. Japan weren't settling for that when the perfect opportunity arose and ignored their coach Eddie Jones' plea to take the points. Instead they ran it with barely believable assurance and confidence, shocking the world with THAT finale as Karne Hesketh went over in the corner, thus immortalising himself and 22 other Japanese heroes forever.
Man City to beat West Ham @ 1/4
Five games played: five wins, 11 goals scored, no goals conceded. That's how Man City had started their season, so it was no surprise to see them as short priced favourites to beat visitors West Ham. What may have surprised City backers was the 6th minute strike by Victor Moses putting the Hammers ahead. Diafra Sakho doubled the lead for the Hammers just after the half hour mark before Man City's record signing Kevin De Bruyne halved the deficit in the 45th minute. The second half saw Man City launch an all-out assault on the West Ham defence, amassing 72% of possession for the 90 minutes, 27 shots (eight on target) and being awarded 16 corners to West Ham's three. It all proved in vain, as West Ham held out and recorded their third big away win of the season.
Stoke City to beat Leicester City @ 3/1
Last week Leicester City were voted as your #PuntOfTheWeek after their thrilling comeback against Aston Villa. This week they're comeback was no so well received, particularly for Stoke fans and backers.
Narrow favourites Stoke had taken a commanding two goal lead after 20 minutes when Jonathan Walters added to Bojan Krkic's 13th minute opener. Once again, Riyad Mahrez was called upon for the Foxes, converting a penalty early in the second half. With just over 20 minutes to go, the in-form Jamie Vardy equalised. While the Foxes were not able to snatch the three points from behind on this occasion, they did enough to ensure Stoke backers left unrewarded.
Innocent Touch to win the 17:30 Ayr (Saturday) @ 3/1
Richard Fahey sent four horses owned by Nicholas Wrigley and Kevin Hart to Ayr last Saturday; Another Touch, Don't Touch, Right Touch and finally Innocent Touch.
Another Touch stole the opening race by a head at 13/2; Don't Touch was a narrow winner of the Ayr Gold Cup at odds of 6/1, winning by just half a length; Right Touch got up by a neck to claim the penultimate race at 5/1.
While some punters were motivated by the evident form of the yard, other punters may have just spotted the coincidental names of the previous winners; regardless, Innocent Touch was backed from an early morning price of 7/1 right into 3/1 ahead of the final race. Alas, it wasn't to be. Fahey's final horse found pressure early on, and never was able to improve beyond mid-division leaving multiple-backers reeling over their near miss.
Check out the Betfair Facebook page at the start of every week for your chance to nominate and then vote for the #LegThatLetYouDown. You can also reveal your #PuntoftheWeek.