BOOKIES were celebrating after an amazing set of FA Cup results which saw the top three clubs in the Premier League beaten.
Coral claimed their best single-day figures from FA Cup matches just a week after a record-breaking loss on football when the industry paid out in excess of £40million.
There were smaller surprises with Palace winning at Southampton, Leicester sinking Spurs and Blackburn defeating Swansea. On top of that Bolton held Liverpool and Fulham drew at Sunderland.
Coral’s John Hill said: “A £10 treble on Bradford beating Chelsea, Middlesbrough getting the better of Manchester City and Crystal Palace beating Southampton would have paid over £11,000, while a fourfold which also included Leicester would have returned over £50,000.
“A week after Coral suffered their biggest loss in history on football we’ve had our best FA Cup day ever following an astonishing set of results. Not one single punter backed a treble which included Bradford, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace.
“Although we are still a long way off recouping our losses from last week there is doubt bookmakers up and down the country will be rejoicing this weekend’s results.”
Here are some of the crazy prices you could have taken – and of course some people did land crazy lines with other bookies.
1134-1 – Combined odds of treble on Bradford (to beat Chelsea), Crystal Palace (to be Southampton) and Middlesbrough (to beat Manchester City)
1000-1 – Bradford’s betting in play price when they were losing 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United now head Coral’s FA Cup outright betting while Arsenal are second best in the market at 10-3.
FA Cup betting latest – 3 Manchester United, 10-3 Arsenal, 4 Liverpool, 11 West Ham, 18 Crystal Palace, West Brom, 22 Leicester, 28 Stoke, 33 Derby, 40 Bar.