Betfred and Paddy Power settle bets early on Man United winning Premier League11th February 2013 / lee
Has betting site Betfred boss Fred Done risked the wrath of Manchester United fans again? Yes he has, but that hasn’t stopped the Betfred supremo from gambling again on the Red Devils holding on to their big lead at the top of the table. After United had stretched their lead at the top of the English Premier League out to 12 points on the weekend, beating Everton after watching rivals Man City slump to a defeat at Southampton, Done figured that that was enough, that was a big enough gap for him to go and payout out bets on United winning the league title.
Despite having been stung in the pocket to the tune of over £1 million last season, after paying out early on the Red Devils topping the league, only for Sergio Aguero’s late strike for Man City with just about the last kick of the season, handing the title to the Citizens. That was actually the second time that Done has taken a massive hit by paying out early, as he did it back in 1998 on United winning the league, only to see Arsenal stage a remarkable comeback to steal the title. So the Salford based bookie have had their issues with this, some United fans unhappy at Done jinxing their clubs’ title hopes.
But twelve points clear with twelve games to play, means that United would have to lose four matches at least and City would have to win all of their remaining fixtures to see a surprise happen. It is highly unlikely and Done has risked it all again on his beloved Red Devils.
“After it all went wrong last year, my missus made me promise to never do it again,” said Done, “but with United 12 points clear with just 12 games left the title race is over – so my punters can collect their dough on United.”
But even Done wasn’t the leader in doing this this season. As Manchester United barrel their way towards their 20th Premier League title, Irish bookmaker Paddy Power beat Betfred to the punch. Even before the whistle had blown on United’s comfortable 2-0 win over Everton at Old Trafford on the weekend, Paddy Power had seen enough. They paid out on United winning the league even before United had taken another three points, they settled bets on the market.
A spokesman for Paddy Power declared: “The fat lady might not be singing yet but she’s definitely getting warmed up.
“We can’t see United letting their lead slip and, with Real Madrid to come in midweek (Champions League first-leg), we thought we’d take some of the pressure off Fergie (Ferguson) and give punters an early payday.”