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.”