So the 5000/1 Leicester City story keeps rolling on!
Their 3-1 win at Manchester City really has made people sit up and take notice, and prompted me to take a look at our Skybet customer data base.
It revealed that we have 75 punters who have backed Leicester at 5000/1 – for a total of £212.07.
More than anywhere else, those fans come from the Leicester area and, whether it’s 5p or £5, they’ve just had one of those speculative bets at the start of the season which they can just forget about.
No-one is forgetting about them now, of course!
I will let our traders and finance team worry about that, because I sincerely hope it happens and Claudio Ranieri’s men are crowned champions.
If it happens, it will probably be the greatest sporting upset story of all time.
I’ve been trawling the internet to try and find the biggest sporting upsets from a betting point of view.
Even when Greece won the European Championships, they were only 150/1 at the outset to be victorious in the tournament.
When Manchester United came from 1-0 down to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, they only went to 500/1 in running.
Likewise, in Botham’s Ashes Test at Headingley back in 1981, England were only 500/1 to win after being forced to follow-on miles behind.
None of those compare with 5000/1, so it shows the scale of what we are talking about with Leicester City.
It’s fantastic to have Super League back on our Sky screens right now.
The Thursday and Friday night matches have a special atmosphere, so don’t miss the Giants v Wigan tonight if you can’t get to the game.
While the early exchanges are never a real indicator – Leeds peak at the end of the season for instance – the same adage applies at all levels of sport.
Leeds did the treble last season, but often when teams win top titles, like in football’s Premier League and Champions League, they find the following season it’s harder to create the same intensity.
I’ve been looking at the main contenders for Super League’s Grand Final and, so far, I’ve been mightily impressed with Warrington and how they played to win at Headingley.
The signing of Kurt Gidley at full-back looks a master stroke from Tony Smith.
He was an old head when the game needed calming down. The kicking game needed to be clear and precise and that’s exactly what he did.
Having lost the likes of Lee Briers from previous years, Warrington needed to look to who their go-to people would be to take hold of situations, and in Gidley they’ve got exactly that sort of man.
We will find out more in the coming weeks, of course, but personally I’m delighted Super League is back.