12 ridiculous bets that were more likely than Leicester City winning the league
Leicester City face Everton today at the King Power Stadium knowing that they have beaten unbelievable odds to have won the English Premier League in 2015/6. Last summer, bookies offered odds as high as 5000-1 for Leicester City, who barely survived relegation in the 2014/5 season, to win the league.
To give you an idea on how completely unprecedented this season has been, we have twelve examples of bets with odds lesser than Leicester winning the league at the start of the season. That’s right, all of these ludicrous bets were deemed more likely than the humble Leicester City winning the Premier League.
1. 500-1: Andy Murray to name his first son after rival Novak Djokovic.
Bookies believed Andy Murray was eight times more likely to name his first born son “Novak” after his tennis rival, who has beaten Murray 22 times in the 31 times the two have met.
2. 500-1: Simon Cowell to be the next Prime Minister.
Simon Cowell may be the King of Saturday Night Telly, but we doubt he’ll be getting important political power anytime soon. That said, Prime Minister’s Question Time would be more entertaining with BGT panel replacing the Speaker.
3. 1000-1: The Queen to release Christmas number one in 2015.
It’s possible, we suppose, that the Queen might release a real corker of a Christmas anthem. Weirder things have happened – like Leicester winning the league, apparently.
4. 1000-1: Robert Mugabe to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
The infamous Zimbabwean President, who once said the only white man one could trust was a “dead white man” and proudly likened himself to Hitler, was deemed five times more likely to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
5. 1250-1: Arsenal to win quadruple in 2016.
Here’s one for the hopeful. Arsenal FC actually had better odds to win the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League and League Cup in the 2015/2016 than Leicester did to win just the league.
6. 2000-1: Kim Kardashian to become President.
The American celebrity who we think is mostly famous for being famous was more likely to become President of the USA than Leicester’s triumph. She could hardly do a worse job than Trump.
7. 2000-1: Elvis to be found alive and well.
Some people still believe, and those believers could be rewarded a neat two grand if Elvis is indeed found alive and well.
8. 2500-1: David Cameron to replace Tim Sherwood as Aston Villa manager.
David Cameron, the self-professed
West Ham Aston Villa fan, was twice as likely to take over as manager of the ailing club than Leicester winning the EPL.
9. 2500-1: Vinnie Jones to win Best Actor Oscar.
Former Chelsea midfielder and current actor Vinnie Jones was more likely to win an Academy Award.
10. 2500-1: Piers Morgan to take over as Arsenal boss.
Could Piers Morgan hold the title of most-hated-manager in footballing history? We think this would definitely come to pass if he indeed takes over from Wenger as Arsenal boss (which, you know, was twice as likely as Leicester winning the league so could well happen).
11. 4000-1: The Pope to play for Rangers.
Why not? The Pope could get out his studded boots and become reborn as a Rangers player, though we suspect he may take issue with the footballer lifestyle.
12. 5000-1: Nick Grimshaw to win Olympic Gold in Rio 2016.
Grimmy doesn’t have long to get ready to win his Olympic Gold in Rio, but he apparently had an equal shot at it as Leicester did with winning the league.