World Cup goalless games could be key to £10 million punting fortune


One of Britain’s shrewdest punters believes a remarkable run of nil, nil scorelines in the World Cup could help unlock a £10 million football pool that has never been won and plans to set up the globe’s biggest ever syndicate to do just that.

Richard Brocklebank, who has won millions in pool prizes, has set up an on-line syndicate via to take down the £10 million Colossus bet and believes goalless games could be the key to a fortune with the bet starting at 5pm today with the France v Germany game.

England goal-scoring legend Michael Owen is an ambassador for colossusbets, but Brocklebank, known as the Squirrel, believes the pool bet that covers correct scores on all quarter finals and semi-finals could be won with the last leg the World Cup final in Rio De Janeiro on July 13th.

Brocklebank, 48, of Hyde, Cheshire, said: “The Colossus is the most exciting football bet on the planet, but the last three World Cup games have all ended 0-0 in 90 minutes and that could be a way to get an edge when playing for the £10 million pool.

“We are currently building a syndicate that aims to invest five figures or more into landing a share of this pool.

“We are watching low scoring football night after night as the teams remaining in the competition are the best in the world and have the best defences.

“They may also have the best attackers, but the lack of goals is no coincidence as the stakes get high then the number of goals in any football tournament decrease.

“The first set of group games saw an average of 3.1 goals per fixture, the second set saw the goals down to 2.8 and for the third set of group games it was down again to 2.6.

“The last phase of games saw the last three games – Germany v Algeria, Argentina v Switzerland and Belgium v USA – all with 0-0s in 90 minutes and that clutch of games saw the average goal count down to just 1.8.

“The Colossus features quarter finals – where the stakes are equally high, so inevitably low scoring and the same is the case for semi-finals.

“The last World Cup final saw Spain beat Holland 1-0, so it won’t be goals galore in the final game – that’s why this seven game Colossus can be won.

“I want as many ordinary punters in the syndicate to share out the millions – it’s fun and we’re selling memberships at just £20 each and people can have as many of those as they like.

“I met Michael Owen when I was in my England shirt and told him I’d be keen to land the Colossus this World Cup, so I am now aiming to do that. And people can register for free with us at for some soccer success.”

Bernard Marantelli, founder of Colossus Bets, said: “We respect the Squirrel’s position when it comes to punting and we know he’s right about 0-0 scorelines being very good in permed bets as they are generally priced 10-1 to 16-1.

“If we had 0-0 in every game, then someone would win the £10 million, but we’re not expecting that to happen.

“If every game ended 0-0 then every pool would be won, but that has not happened so far in the history of The Colossus.”


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