It looked as if the gap between Premier League leaders Leicester and the chasing pack would be closed following their 2-2 draw against West Brom on Tuesday.
Leicester fan Nathan Finlow can subsequently be forgiven for deciding it was the right time to cash out on his £2 pre-season bet on the Foxes to win the title.
The 20-year-old student still netted himself a cool £1,600 from Ladbrokes - not bad for what was essentially a joke bet - although that cash windfall pales in comparison to the money he would have made had he stayed brave and Claudio Ranieri’s men are eventually crowned Premier League champions.
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The young lad was in line to secure a whopping £10,000 - and it was so typical that all three of the clubs behind Leicester in the table went on to lose on Wednesday night.
Tottenham were beaten by West Ham at Upton Park, Arsenal lost at home to Swansea City and Manchester City were beaten 3-0 by Liverpool at Anfield.
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Nathan reveals why he cashed out
Explaining his decision to cash-out early, Nathan told Ladbrokes: “I was going to hold out but following the late equaliser against West Brom I thought I should just take the money and run.
“I’m still hopeful that we win the league and we gave it everything against the Baggies, but we could just be unlucky along the way.
“I should really pay off some student debts but we’re guaranteed to be in Europe next season so I can’t turn down a once in a lifetime experience like that.”
Good week for Leicester
Leicester huffed and puffed until the final whistle against West Brom but were unable to score a late winner.
Still, what initially looked like a missed opportunity actually turned out to be a pretty decent week for the Foxes, who now find themselves three points clear of Spurs and six ahead of Arsenal.
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes commented: “We’re surprised that only two Foxes fans have come forward following the Baggies result to cash in their chips. £1,600 is a lot of money for anyone, especially a student so Finlow’s decision could look to be a shrewd one if it funds a Champions League tour next season.”
Leicester's remaining fixtures
Next up for Leicester is a difficult trip to Watford on Saturday, before fixtures against Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Sunderland.
The Premier League leaders then have back-to-back home matches against West Ham and Swansea City, before taking on Manchester United at Old Trafford on May 1 - a huge test for Ranieri’s side.
Their penultimate match of this remarkable campaign is against Everton, and their final fixture? Away to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
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