Sporting Index

Sporting Index

September 03, 2011 02:30 ET

Manchester 13-3 North London: Goals Galore has Spread Punters Celebrating

Sporting Index Suffer Worst Ever Premier League Result, but Bumper Sunday for Their Clients

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 3, 2011) - Arsenal and Tottenham were taken to the cleaners on Sunday – but clients of spread betting firm Sporting Index cleaned up after they saw an aggregate of 16 goals scored in the North Londoners' games against Manchester United and City.

Given the high profile of the televised fixture, United's 8-2 victory over Arsenal became Sporting Index's most costly Premier League fixture ever, while City's 5-1 win at White Hart Lane contributed to the worst Sunday on record for the firm. It was estimated that each Manchester goal cost £75,000 – meaning a total of just under £1million made its way to the accounts of Sporting Index's shrewdest punters on these two matches alone.

Sporting Index allows punters to bet higher or lower on total goals, match goal minutes (so if a goal is scored in the 5th minute and the 26th minute, the market makes up 31) and player goal minutes. Unlike with fixed odds betting – where punters simply back a team to win, lose or draw rendering the final score irrelevant – each additional score had buyers of goals and goal minutes screaming louder and celebrating harder. Both matches featured goals in injury time, meaning the excitement of such a spread bet lasted right until the final whistle.

Wayne Rooney (who scored a hattrick) and Edin Dzeko (who bagged four goals) were the players that caused the most damage. Rooney's goal minutes were offered at 31-34, and made up 187 while Dzeko's goal minutes was offered at just 14-17. A final make-up of 220, partly thanks to a large contribution from his last-minute goal, meant buyers received 203 times their stake!

To make matters worse, in Sunday's other televised match, Nottingham Forest lost 4-1 to West Ham. Sporting Index offered a market called 'Live Domestic Goal Bananas' which is based on the number of goals in the three main live games multiplied by each other. In this instance the matches at Forest (1-4), Spurs (1-5) and United (8-2) resulted in a make-up of 300 (5x6x10). The opening quote was 20.5-22. A £10 buy would have resulted in £2780 profit!

"We were already concerned by half-time at Old Trafford with the score at 3-1. To see ten goals in a game like this is almost unprecedented," comments Sporting Index spokesman Wayne Lincoln. "If there's any consolation, it's that United didn't score any more of their chances, but added to the damage earlier in the day at White Hart Lane, Sunday 28 August 2011 will long be remembered as Black Sunday at Sporting Index."

The Premier League's Highest Scoring Games

Manchester United's 8-2 victory over Arsenal was the joint-second highest in terms of an aggregate score in one match. The record is Portsmouth's 7-4 win over Reading in 2007. From the combined total of 14,990 Premier League matches ever played it is only the fourth time ten or more goals have been scored. In percentage terms 0.026% of matches have featured at least such a haul.

Portsmouth 7-4 Reading, 29 September 2007

Tottenham 6-4 Reading, 29 December 2007

Tottenham 9-1 Wigan, 22 November 2009

Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal, 28 August 2011

Norwich City 4-5 Southampton, 9 April 1994

Manchester United 9-0 Ipswich Town, 4 March 1995

Blackburn Rovers 7-2 Sheffield Wednesday, 26 August 1997

Southampton 6-3 Manchester United, 25 October 1997

Nottingham Forest 1-8 Manchester United, 6 February 1999

West Ham 5-4 Bradford City, 12 February 2000

Tottenham 7-2 Southampton, 11 March 2000

Tottenham 4-5 Arsenal, 13 November 2004

Middlesbrough 8-1 Manchester City, 11 May 2008

Please visit for a list of Premier League spread betting markets as and when they are made available. Sporting Index is regulated by the UK's Financial Services Authority.

About the Sporting Index Group

The Sporting Index Group is best known as the world's largest sports spread betting business, offering the widest range of markets and taking some of the largest bets on sporting events around the world. Markets include rugby spread betting, cricket spread betting and football spread betting.

The Group has 180 staff, all based at its London HQ. It is privately owned and is the undisputed world leader in sports spread betting, dominating the global market with an estimated 80%+ market share. Today it makes thousands of markets on upwards of 500 events every week, offering the sports fan the opportunity to bet on a wide variety of sports, political and showbiz events, as well as on a portfolio of unique virtual games. Clients transact via its websites, award winning mobile phone applications, and a 24/7 voice telephony service. Sporting Index's B2C business continues to grow in the face of a fiercely competitive online betting market.

At the heart of the business is a world class trading, modelling and liability management capability that is widely acknowledged as amongst the best in the global betting market. The Group combines the latest technology with unrivalled trader expertise to service its core sports spread betting clients as well as an increasing number of wholesale customers who rely on the company's fixed-odds in-play pricing data to underpin their own sportsbook operations via the Sporting Solutions brand. This has quickly established itself as a leading data provider with a number of flagship betting brands signed up.

Sporting Index is authorised and regulated in the UK by the Financial Services Authority and the Gambling Commission.

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