No sooner had the full time whistle blown in West London than the generous bookmaker announced to customers on Twitter that they were paying out on Chelsea winning the Premier League title, even with 14 games of the season remaining. The move has reportedly cost BoyleSports ‘a large six-figure sum’, with bosses now hoping Antonio Conte’s men can continue their winning ways.
On current form, it looks to be a sensible decision from the Irish bookmaker. The Blues certainly do look to be an unstoppable force in England’s top tier this term, dropping just 13 points from a possible 72 available. Following victory over Arsenal, Chelsea had moved 12 points clear in the title race, a lead that was soon cut back to nine after Tottenham narrowly overcame Middlesbrough in Saturday’s late kick off; nevertheless, BoyleSports bosses clearly feel a second title in three years is all but assured for the club from the Bridge.
However, bookmakers do have a history of paying out too early and suffering the consequences. In 1998, Betfred elected to pay out on leaders Manchester United winning their third-straight league title, only for Arsenal to overturn a 12 point deficit in a dramatic fight back that cost the Salford bookmaker £500,000.
Betfred found themselves out of pocket once again in 2012, following another United title tumble. The Red Devils looked to be heading for their 13th league triumph until Sergio Aguero’s incredible last gasp goal helped Manchester City snatch the trophy from under the noses of Sir Alex Ferguson's men. It is this kind of embarrassment that BoyleSports bosses will certainly be hoping to avoid come May.
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