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AN OPTIMISTIC Leicester City fan who backed his team to top the Premier League at Christmas has revealed he only put the bet on with Ladbrokes after his Nottingham Forest pals goaded him in to doing so.
Confident Keval Nakeshree, 38, placed the 1,000/1 punt at the start of the season on Jamie Vardy and his teammates topping the Premier League over the festive period. And although many pundits were tipping the Midlands outfit for the drop at the start of the season the team have out-foxed everyone and currently lead Arsenal by two points.
Keval, from Gloucester, is laughing all the way to the bank as he had been goaded into the speculative bet by former colleagues who support East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest. If Leicester City maintain their staggering form and win the Premier League, Keval will land a further £33,000 with another £5 each way bet, also placed in August.
He said: "My old boss was a Forest fan so I have to thank him for the win. One of the reasons I put the bet on was to prove the Forest fans wrong.
"I have full belief in my team going all the way and can't wait for next year now. If they are still top around February I will start thinking about what to do with the money."
Keval plans to spend his winnings on a family trip of a lifetime to Disneyland in Florida.
Alex Donohue from Ladbrokes said: "This has to go down as one of the most incredible winning bets of all time. A fan who had the belief backed his side to defy the odds and the cash couldn't come at a better time."
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