SEX PISTOLS' star, John 'Johnny Rotten' Lydon is backing red hot Carling Cup favourites Arsenal by staking a £500 bet on them to lift the trophy - with the potential £625 returns to be donated to the Holidays4Heroes charity. 'The Sex Pistols permitted William Hill to use their hit record 'Pretty Vacant' in an ad campaign and the £500 bet was part of the deal' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
ARSENAL will cost bookies millions if they win all four trophies they are still contesting, and William Hill have slashed their odds from a pre-season 1000/1 to 100/1 to score an unprecedented Quadruple. 'After a trophy drought for several years Arsenal fans are convinced this is their year and we already face a seven figure payout which could ride to eight if they get trophy number one under their belt. Punters are betting up to £500 a time on them to win all four trophies' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe,
ARSENAL TO WIN QUADRUPLE - 100/1; TO WIN NOTHING - 9/2
TO WIN CARLING CUP....1/4 Arsenal; 11/4 Birmingham.
TO WIN IN 90m......6/10 Arsenal; 12/5 draw; 6/1 Birmingham
TO WIN IN EXTRA TIME....12/1 Arsenal; 25/1 Birmingham;
MATCH TO GO TO PENALTY SHOOT OUT...10/1
TO WIN ON PENALTY SHOOT OUT...14/1 Arsenal; 16/1 Birmingham.
COME FROM BEHIND TO WIN - 7/1 Arsenal; 18/1 Birmingham.
BOTH SIDES TO SCORE IN 90m - 19/20 Yes; 4/5 No.
WIN BOTH HALVES....13/5 Arsenal; 20/1 Birmingham.
BIRMINGHAM ARE 20/1 WITH HILLS TO WIN CARLING CUP AND BE RELEGATED.
William Hill Carling Cup Final Specials :
Arshavin to score in the first 36 minutes ' 6/1
*Alexander the Great
Hleb to score the last goal in a Birmingham win ' 50/1
Alex Song to score last goal in an Arsenal win ' 25/1
*Return of Chamakh
Marouane Chamakh to come on as a substitute & score ' 4/1
Stephen Carr to score an own goal ' 33/1
*Take Abou Son
Abou Diaby to score from outside the box ' 12/1
Craig Gardner to be sent off ' 25/1
*Going For A Song
Alex Song to be sent off ' 33/1
*Jack & the Beanstalk
Jack Wilshere & Nikola Zigic both to score at any time - 22/1
*Tired Old Clichy
Gael Clichy to be subbed off ' 9/4
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**Nationality of First Scorer