Cape Town - The English Premier League has been called a one-horse race by
leading South African bookmakers BET.co.za.
In fact, they have decided to pay out all bets on Manchester City citing their
dominance of the league and the floundering of their title rivals as a sign
that they are certainties to lift the trophy at the end of the season.
Manchester City shortened into 7/50 favourites to win the
league after dismantling Arsenal this weekend and that was enough for BET.co.za to give the rest of the league the 10
count and label them knocked out.
The news will no doubt displease Manchester United (29/2)
fans with their team only eight points behind the leaders on the log, but after
their loss at Chelsea the writing seems to be on the wall for Jose Mourinho and
Likewise Spurs (53/4), Chelsea (71/4), Liverpool (57/1) and
Arsenal (83/1) have fallen too far behind the champions elect to catch them
before the end of the season.
BET.co.za clients were elated
to receive news of the payout on Monday with one exclaiming 'what a bonus, great
times' in response to being notified of the early payout.
"The response to us paying out has been massive. South
Africans traditionally love their Premier League and the destination of the
title is always hotly debated. Since Leicester City cleaned out bookies
by winning at 5 000/1, we've seen lots of bets flooding in on title
winners. The odds on Manchester City weren't nearly as high (opening at 18/10),
but there are still lots of happy BET.co.za
punters today!" said BET.co.za marketing
manager Brenton Chelin.