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Nic Ladds 14th May 2011 - 17:20

City slickers bring home bacon to batter bookies

William Hill paid for their bold policy of offering the longest odds available for Manchester City to win the FA Cup Final in 90 minutes' play.

'We opened up at Even money in the morning and had to push the price out to 11/10 at one point as punters steamed into Stoke for a shock win' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe

'We were rewarded with some fifty four-figure bets for City in 90m, although of the tens of thousands of 90 minute bets, just over half were for Stoke.'Big bets for City came in from as far afield as Australia - where we took a ten thousand Aussie dollar bet for them - and Denmark - another of 70,000 krone (over £8000) at 11/10.

It is fair to say we were made to pay for being top price - however, if one Manchester side caused us pain, another came to our rescue on the day, and United's failure to beat Blackburn significantly helped to redress the balance over the afternoon.'

A Hill's internet client from Hertfordshire staked £2000 on City at 15/2 to win the FA Cup at the start of the season.

With City and Stoke meeting again in midweek, Hills offer 8/15 the same outcome, with Stoke 4/1 to get some revenge and the draw 13/5.

Man City are 11/4 to pip Arsenal to third place this season.

How many trophies for Manchester City next season?

None: 2/5
One: 5/2
Two: 7/1
Three: 50/1
Four: 500/1
PREM/FA/LC/CL(or Europa League)



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