Leicester City are about to give hope to lots of similar clubs – including Huddersfield Town.
This could be the weekend when the Foxes are crowned champions of the Premier League.
I don’t actually think they will clinch the title at Old Trafford on Sunday as Manchester United are still chasing for fourth place and aiming to put pressure on Arsenal and Manchester City.
That makes it a huge game for Louis Van Gaal, who has said all season that clinching a Champions League place was the priority.
But this isn’t really about United, it’s about Leicester City and it’s about giving hope to every club and every fan in the country that one day it could be them.
Leicester City are no bigger club, really, than Huddersfield Town.
They’ve had their time in the lower leagues – granted slightly less than Town – but like many clubs around the country with a decent fan base and a decent stadium, they have shown what can be achieved and they have proved it can be replicated by others.
The price at the start of the season for Leicester City to be champions was 5000/1.
These sorts of things are not meant to happen – but of course it has.
If Leicester go on to clinch the title, it will be the greatest sporting upset ever in the history of betting.
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Drawing some parallels, you can look back to Greece winning the European Championships in football in 2004, but they were ‘only’ a 300/1 shot.
In the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich, with a minute to go and 1-0 down Manchester United were 500/1 to turn it around and win it which, of course, they did.
At one stage in the Headingley Test of 1981 – the famous Botham’s Ashes series – England were 500/1 to win the match and they came through with flying colours.
And if you want some context on a 5000/1 bet, those are the sort of odds which are usually marked against Sandy Lyle or Ian Woosnam winning the Masters again.
They are both in their late 50s and struggling with their golf, but they get into the tournament as past winners.
That’s what a 5000/1 bet looks like.
There will be one hell of a party if Leicester do clinch the title, and I think it would be only fitting if that were to happen at home to Everton, so that it can be celebrated with the whole city and the whole fanbase.
And let’s hope the Ranieri Revolution at Leicester is followed by the Wagner Revolution at Town.
That would be fantastic.