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Weekend Review: Bookies spanked by City’s FA Cup victory as politics trumps Eurovision

William Hill, Kindred Group and Betfred all suffer heavy losses as Pep Guardiola’s side seal a domestic treble at Wembley

The domestic  football season finished with the FA Cup final this weekend as Manchester City beat Watford 6-0 to sew up a domestic treble – much to the distraught of the bookies.

City were heavy favourites to beat Watford at Wembley, having already retained the Premier League title and won the League Cup versus Chelsea this year.

Kindred Group’s Ali Gill said: “City’s ruthless disposal of Watford in the FA Cup final unsurprisingly left punters very happy and way ahead as the domestic season came to an end.

“Not many markets fell our way in this one, including more than a few shrewd punters getting on the Over 5.5 goals for a nice profit,” he added.

One Betfred punter stuck a pound on City to win 6-0 and David Silva to score first, which came in at odds of 250-1.

Betfred’s Peter Spencer also had a tale to tell about Liverpool’s unlikely Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona.

“One punter had £20 on Divock Origi to score first and Liverpool to win 4-0 so he won four grand off us,” said Spencer.

“He booked a holiday to Turkey straight away and paid to get his dentures done to look like Liverpool favourites Jurgen Klopp and Roberto Firmino,” he added.

William Hill “got spanked” on FA Cup final betting according to spokesperson Rupert Adams, with the majority of punters tucking in to the operator’s generous 4.5 goals or more special offer. Adams said the final was “not one to remember” for the London-listed bookie.

Hills also revealed that Brooks Koepka’s triumph in the USA PGA Tour was a terrible result, as they again suffered in the each-way betting after the well-backed Dustin Johnson finished second.

The Netherlands were victorious in the Eurovision Song Contest this weekend, although the event “failed to capture the imagination this year” according to Betfred’s Spencer.

In somewhat related news, Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party have moved from 100-1 into 7-2 with Betfred to win the most seats in a UK general election.

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