Even the bookmakers expect Leicester to go all the way in their bid to win the Premier League.
The Foxes have a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League and BetFred revealed on Sunday that they have already began paying out on Leicester winning the league.
The bookmaker paid one lucky fan who put £20 on at odds of 2000/1. His reward for such bravery? A cool £40,000.
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BetFred boss Fred Done is obviously taking a risk in his decision to start paying out. Leicester don’t have the title sewn up and there is the possibility that Tottenham or even Arsenal will catch the Foxes, who have a difficult end-of-season run-in.
This isn’t the first time Done has paid out on title-winning bets before the winners have been confirmed.
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He’s even been left red-faced twice previously, making his decision to offer an early pay-out on Leicester all the more surprising.
In 1998, Done allowed fans who bet on Manchester United winning the Premier League to collect their winnings prematurely.
But Arsenal’s nine-game win streak, combined with United’s run of two wins in seven games in March and April, saw Arsene Wenger’s team pip Sir Alex Ferguson’s.
It happened again in 2012
Done was left embarrassed again four years ago when he was so confident that Manchester United would win the league that he paid out early.
But Manchester City’s dramatic 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers on the season’s final day left them celebrating and Done reeling.
Yet Done remains optimistic that the Foxes won’t be caught.
He said: “I’ve been wrong before but this time I can't see Spurs or Arsenal catching Ranieri's men. They were 2000/1 before a ball was kicked at the start of the season and it's been a remarkable turnaround for Leicester City,” per the Mirror.
Done thinks the title race is over
Leicester boosted their hopes of winning the league with a 1-0 win over Southampton on Sunday. Claudio Ranieri would have been delighted to see Tottenham only manage a draw at Liverpool the day before.
It was a weekend that made Done believe the title race is well and truly over.
“Today was a very significant win and Leicester have impressed me all season,” he added.
“I have a number of punters who incredibly backed the Foxes for fivers and tenners at very fancy prices and it will cost me a million pounds.
“I want those punters to get their dough now. I am delighted because Leicester have been an absolute breath of fresh air this season.”
It certainly has been a pleasure watching Leicester disrupt the order established by Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. Especially considering that last season they staved off relegation by the skin of their teeth.
That Done is delighted with Leicester’s efforts - despite it costing him millions - shows that everybody is behind the Foxes.
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