Paddy Power is sticking its money where its mouth is and betting on a Premier League whitewash by Jose Mourinho this season, paying out a whopping £400,000 today to all the punters who have backed the ‘Special One’ to claim the coveted silverware.
Only once before has the bookie called the title so early, correctly crowning Mourinho’s Chelsea the champs in the September of the 2005/2006 season. Almost 10 years on, and with more than half the season to go, the footy gods seem to be once again on Chelsea’s side, leading the powers that be at Paddy HQ to expect only one result come May next year.
What’s the punter pay out:
- A huge six figure sum paid out to savvy Chelsea punters
- £16k is largest bet placed at 2/5 returning £22.4k to one lucky punter
- 44 punters have placed £1,000 or more on Chelsea to win and are set to reap the rewards
- Over a third of the Premier League outright betting stakes have gone on Chelsea to win – almost twice as much vs. any other team
Paddy has a strong record in calling the Premier League title, however there will be a few nervy bean-counters over at Power Tower for the next few months, as the bookmaker hasn’t always got it right. In 2003 Paddy coughed up twice on the title after paying out early on an Arsenal side who had a 12 point lead but then handed the silverware to Manchester United days before the season was out. Gulp.
The boss himself is quoted as saying, ‘This is one early seasonal treat the punters should love. We now just have to hope that all Jose’s Christmases really do come at once next May!’
Chelsea have racked up nine wins and two draws in their 11 games this season, giving them a four point lead over Southampton in second, and an eight point lead over last year’s Champions Man City. At this rate they’re set to rack up 100 points this season, and Paddy is offering odds of just 7/1 that Chelsea go unbeaten this season.
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