The final day of the Premier League football season inevitably produces one or two surprise results, as an exhausting campaign takes it toll and players with little, or nothing, to play for have one eye on the beach. The closing round of fixtures in 2018/19 was no exception, with perhaps the biggest surprise of all coming at Old Trafford, where a brace of goals by Cardiff City winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing saw the already-relegated Welsh club record their first win over Manchester United since 1954.
Elsewhere, some results went according to form. Manchester City and Liverpool both won, against Brighton and Wolves, respectively, to confirm their positions as the top two in the Premier League, while Arsenal won their final game, against Burnley, for the eighth season running, to finish fifth and qualify for the Europa League. Less readily predictable, perhaps, were draws between Spurs and Everton, Leicester and Chelsea and Southampton and Huddersfield.
Nevertheless, all seven results, along with three more, were correctly predicted by an anonymous Derbyshire punter, who staked £5 on a ten-fold accumulator with Paddy Power and duly won £117,485.16 at cumulative odds of 23,496/1. The results may not have taken the punter unawares but, having neglected, for whatever reason, to check the outcome of his bet until ten days later, discovering that he was over £117,000 richer almost certainly. A Paddy Power spokesman likened his windfall to ‘finding a winning lottery ticket down the back of the sofa.’