Former professional cricketer Anand Shantilal won big at Betfred by backing goal-crazy Manchester City – and that’s despite the 44-year-old chartered accountant from London being a big Spurs fan.

Anand, who played for Surrey and Warwickshire before switching to his current profession, now aims to be first amongst the queue for a table at a restaurant in Knightsbridge when lockdown restrictions are eased on Saturday.

He bet £40 that City, who have come back so strongly now the Premier League has resumed, would beat Burnley 5-0 – and that Phil Foden would be amongst the scorers.

He backed that scorecast online at 80/1, meaning he picked up an impressive £3,200.

He said: “My strategy has always been to get on top teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich when they are playing weaker clubs.

“I always think there will be a big scoreline, and really Burnley were so deflated that it could have been nine, never mind five-nil.

“I think Foden is a fantastic talent, and I’m so glad he is English. He’s ideal to take over from David Silva and will be a mainstay in the England team for years to come.”

“City have been playing very well since the resumption, and I will always back them ahead of Spurs!”

He added: “For me, it was a bit of fun – and with that win I’ll get a bottle of champagne and take the wife out for a nice meal in Knightsbridge once places start opening again at the weekend.”

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