Late Jack Grealish goal sees big swing in ante-post payout

Late Jack Grealish goal sees big swing in ante-post payout

Friday, May 12, 2017 Posted by Sam Cooke

Heading into the final weekend of the regular Championship season, the league looked all but sewn up. Brighton merely had to equal Newcastle’s result to guarantee the trophy would be heading to the south coast. Brighton were a goal and a man to the good heading into the closing stages, thus just minutes from securing the title and scuppering any ante-post bets on Newcastle.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man to break bookmaker hearts as Jack Grealish drove home from outside the box to whisk the title away from Brighton and hand it to the Toon Army. The last minute leveller saw one Ladbrokes customer take home £60,000 after his season-long accumulator landed. The winning punter placed £10 on a seven-team cross league accumulator at the start of the season: Newcastle, Sheffield United, Portsmouth, Celtic, Hibernian, Livingston and Arbroath. The Villa man’s strike saw Newcastle crowned champions and saw the bet land, handing £60,734.38 to the lucky bettor.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “Every year thousands of punters place cross league accumulators which normally come agonisingly close but hit the crossbar in extra time. Our customer now has sixty thousand reasons to thank Jack Grealish for his vital goal last weekend”.

Ladbrokes wasn’t the only bookmaker feeling the burn. Lee Price of Paddy Power told TotallyGaming: “Yeah, it was an expensive goal for us - prompting a £69,00 swing in what we paid out on the Championship title winner. That’s the second time Jack Grealish has stung us, having turned down Ireland to declare for England a few years back”.

Charlie McCann, Bet Victor told TotallyGaming: "The betting Gods giveth – and they take it away. Brighton seemed to be everyone’s banker in Sunday Championship accas but winnings from Jack Grealish’s last minute equaliser at Villa Park were only lent with Newcastle well supported in the antepost market for the Championship title.”

He continued: "This came a week after Portsmouth also came from a, seemingly, impossible position to win League 2. Antepost punters are on good terms with themselves, although Chelsea won't be the worst result in the PL with Manchester City the best backed of the big six under Pep Guardiola.

Yes, Newcastle winning the Championship hurt, but the Premier League needs Newcastle United and good luck to Rafa’s Reds - sorry Black and Whites. We bet 4/11 they stay up, 2/1 to go straight back down and 3/1 to finish in the top half of the table. Welcome back Newcastle – Howay The Lads."

Totally Gaming says: Heartbreak for Brighton fans and bookmakers alike. Although with Brighton probably being included in every bettor's accumulator over the weekend the payout swing may not have hurt them as much as it could have. 

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