Luis Suarez opened the scoring last time Liverpool and his summer pursuers Arsenal met in Premier League combat and bwin will refund losing first goalscorer, correct score, player to score two or more and player to score three of more bets if he does so once more when the sides meet at the Emirates.
It’s the kind of insurance policy that gives punters carte blanche to walk on the wild side and in a contest that has seen more than its fair share of players notching on behalf of the opposition in recent renewals backing an own goal as the first goalscorer at a whopping 25/1 is the crazy wager that makes perfect sense.
Suarez has netted six times since he returned to the Premier League fold four games ago.
The Uruguayan is in the kind of form that’ll have bettors wondering where bwin’s football traders have been for the past month, with his scoring streak including a hat-trick bonanza last time out against West Brom.
In two of the three games since his return in which he bagged it was the controversial yet irresistible number seven who opened the scoring, so the refund stands a great chance of being invoked if an OG is absent.
There have been no fewer than four own goals in the last eight meetings between Arsenal and Liverpool.
Meetings between these two sides have been a benefit for ‘Own Goals and Gaffes’ researchers over the last four seasons.
Current Arsene Wenger first-teamers Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey have both given themselves reasons to avoid post match eye-contact with their colleagues, whilst Glen Johnson and Pepe Reina blotted their Liverpool copybooks in earlier renewals during the sequence.
Our adversaries benefited to the tune of seven opposition own goals between them last season.
Given they put opposing defences under the most pressure it’s not so surprising that the five highest-scoring Premier League teams in 2012/13 were all among the seven chief OG beneficiaries.
Arsenal and Liverpool qualified on both counts and with neither having been helped along by a suicide score in league action so far this term an own goal seems spookily overdue.