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8 things that were more likely than 5000/1 shots Leicester winning the Premier League

The bookies said it could never happen… but it did.

Updated 20.25

AT THE START of the Premier League season, bookmakers William Hill offered odds of 5000/1 against Leicester being crowned champions.

At the same time, they had 5000/1 odds on BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw winning Olympic gold in Rio and Elvis Presley being found alive this year.

However, even stranger things were quoted at shorter odds than The Foxes winning the league.

Piers Morgan to manage Arsenal – 2500/1

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The ITV Good Morning Britain presenter had shorter odds last August to move into a career in soccer than Leicester had of winning the Premier League.

David Moyes to be an X Factor Judge- 2500/1

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Ladbrokes had shorter odds on the ex-Everton and United boss to join Simon Cowell as a judge on X Factor.

David Cameron to replace Tim Sherwood as Aston Villa manager – 2500/1

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Cameron switching from a career in politics to a career in football management was twice as likely as a Leicester league win before the season started.

Claudio Ranieri to be the next England manager – 2000/1

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It was more likely for Ranieri to take over the England setup than to manage his club to victory according to Ladbrokes last August.


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Arsenal to win the quadruple – 1250/1

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Despite winning only two major trophies in the past decade, the odds of Arsenal winning four trophies in 2016 was significantly less than Leicester winning one.

Alex Ferguson to win Strictly Come Dancing – 1000/1

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Ladbrokes had Alex Ferguson down at 1000/1 to win British dance show Strictly Come Dancing last August.

Andy Murray to name his first born Novak – 500/1

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Ladbrokes thought it was 10 times more likely for Andy Murray to name his first born after rival Novak Djokovic than Leicester winning the Premier League.

Marcus Rashford to win Sports Personality of the Year – 150/1

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Before the season began, Rashford was pretty much unheard of. However, the odds of him winning Sports Personality of the Year were still far higher than Leicester becoming champions.

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