Several stories have emerged over recent weeks of optimistic Leicester City fans who stand to win a fortune if the Foxes secure the 2015-16 Premier League title due to bets placed before a ball was kicked this season.
But how about this for a slice of unbelievably good fortune: two firemen placed £5 each on Leicester City to win the league at the start of the season - but it was a complete accident.
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According to the Mirror, betting novice Jordan Wright thought he was placing a fiver on Leicester to win their opening game of the season against Sunderland at odds of, wait for it, 2000/1.
Shocked by the odds, the 23-year-old called his 25-year-old mate, Mitchell Baldock, who then also stuck a fiver on Claudio Ranieri’s men to win the match.
Only after the 4-2 victory did they realise - to their horror - that they’d backed Leicester to win the league title.
The massive odds should have been a bit of a giveaway, lads.
They could now win £20,000 between them
The two mates from Thurrock in Essex - we’re saying nothing - subsequently became the laughing stock at their station. But they could end up having the last laugh.
If Leicester win the title, they will pocket a total of £20,000 between them.
“Everyone thought we were mad but not any more,” Mitchell told the Mirror. “I’m off to Vegas soon and I’ll have lots of spending money if they do win.”
Leicester suffered blow last weekend v Arsenal
Leicester are currently top of the Premier League table but spurned a glorious opportunity to seriously boost their title chances at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.
Jamie Vardy put the visitors 1-0 ahead from the penalty spot, but Danny Simpson’s red card on the 54th minute changed the whole complexion of the match.
Theo Walcott equalised with 20 minutes left on the clock, before Danny Welbeck netted what could prove to be a massive goal in this season’s title race in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
Leicester are now just two points clear of Tottenham and Arsenal, who have 51 points each, but remain six points clear of fourth-placed Manchester City.
Ranieri’s men have a bit of a wait until their next fixture - against Norwich City on February 27 - but they will be confident of bouncing back to maintain their lead at the top of the table.
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