Asmir Begovic may have refrained from celebrating his first-minute goal against Southampton back in November, but shrewd punters will have cause to be dancing in the streets come the end of term as it’s still not too late to get involved with the bwin special market he inspired.
The boys in black and gold priced up an over/under 1.5 Premier League goals scored by goalkeepers in 2013/14 bet by way of congratulation to the Bosnian netminder.
It’s a punting opportunity that has remained active all season long.
Now, with just 23 games, or a shade over two matchdays worth of fixtures remaining, it’s 19/4 that another stopper rustles the onion bag before the curtain descends on the campaign.
However, with just five of members of the order of the last line of defence ever having scored in the Premier League’s near 23-season history, the 1/10 on offer about no further goals by glovemen this term looks positively gargantuan.
After all the numbers suggest that a stopper strikes roughly once every 4.6 campaigns.
Real Madrid and Manchester City have both been credited with an interest in the Stoke gloveman in the wake of his once in a blue moon effort against the Saints, but he has yet to show any further inclination for following in the footsteps of prolific keepers like Jose Luis Chilavert or Sao Paulo legend Rogerio Ceni.
Like Tim Howard’s rocking horse dung rare hit before it, Begovic’s strike bore the fingerprints of assistance from high winds.
Importantly for those weighing up a wager on the odds-on bet of 2013/14, the month of May signals a turn for the benign across the United Kingdom when it comes to the aforementioned meteorological phenomenon.
According to ten-year wind-speed means from the www.gov.uk website, the year’s fifth month signifies a downshift in breeze-velocity in comparison to the preceding four months of proceedings.
The fact that none of the previous goals by Premier League keepers came after March seems to back this up, while counseling against heightened concerns based upon relegation-desperation based set-piece sorties as the season draws to a conclusion.