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Monster bets off after Leicester out-fox bookies

Claudio RanieriLeicester City’s surprise Premier League success has prompted some rethinking among bookmakers.

Punters hoping another lowly club will win the big prize are likely to be disappointed.

They will find the odds on a repeat performance priced far shorter than the 5,000/1 offered on the Midlands club (managed by Claudio Ranieri – pictured)  to win this season’s trophy. Those odds were higher than for spotting the Loch Ness Monster.

Once the betting industry took the club’s challenge seriously, those odds nosedived. By Christmas they fell to 33/1. After a 1-0 win at Watford on 5 March the Foxes were 6/4 and went odds-on for the first time on the 14 March at 10/11 after beating Newcastle 1-0 at home.

Paddy Power Betfair lost £4 million when the title was confirmed and says Leicester’s success has given punters belief that other clubs can break the stranglehold of their bigger rivals.

Burnley, who have just won promotion to the English Premiership, are priced alongside Swansea, Watford and West Bromwich Albion at 1,000/1.

Arsenal, who would normally count among the most well-backed sides, have received less support for next season. Even so, at 5/1 it is clear that the big clubs are fancied to restore order next season. Manchester City are 13/8, United at 13/2 and Chelsea – who had a poor season – are 11/2.

But some might still fancy a flutter on an outsider. Southampton and West Ham are both 100/1.

Leicester are priced at 33/1 to repeat their success next season, while their chances of winning the European Champions League are rated 100/1 – the same odds as Bayer Leverkusen and AS Roma. last week offered a limited 200/1 on Leicester to win the Premier League next season after Spurs failed to beat Chelsea and confirmed the destination of the trophy.

Warren Lush, spokesman for the bookmaker, said: “In our eyes lightning cannot strike twice and we are confident this season was just a freak event.”


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