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The Year of the Underdogs

What a year it's been for the underdogs!

Oddschecker
 | 
Mon, 3 Oct, 10:29 AM

We thought we’d had our underdog story of the decade when Michelle Payne rode Prince of Penzance to Melbourne Cup glory at $101 last November. However, we were only just getting started…

Leicester City got the ball rolling, the Midlands based club somehow managed to win the Premier League at a huge $5001. Even the most die-hard fans didn’t believe it was possible for the club to compete with the giants of the league. City were more likely to get relegated but this didn’t stop Claudio Ranieri dreaming. It’s the sort of thing you’ll only see in a movie, and soon you will...

Australia, India and South Africa were meant to be the teams contesting the cricket World Cup. However it was a rather strange competition, one where a Bangladeshi batsman top scored and Afghanistan bowler took the most wickets. Once again West Indies entered the competition in turmoil, with arguments regarding pay we didn’t know what or even who would turn up in India. Without Pollard and Narine they were priced at $13 to win the comp. This didn’t stop the Calypso Kings lifting the trophy and leaving the poms crying in their wake (beautiful).

Only a few years ago Luke Beveridge was coaching in the Victorian Amateur Football Association. Beveridge coached St Bede’s Mentone Tigers to C, B and A Grade Premierships in consecutive years. In 2014 it was announced he’d take over Western Bulldogs. In 2015 the Bulldogs finished 6th on the ladder but were knocked out by Adelaide in the first elimination final. When the 2016 started Beveridge's side were priced at $26 to win the flag but odds were slashed to $11 when they flogged Fremantle and St Kilda in the opening two games. A rather flat Friday Night performance against North Melbourne at the end of April saw the Bulldogs go out to $15. They went out to a massive $67 when they finished 7th on the ladder, and would have to play West Coast, Hawthorn and Sydney in finals. However the fairy tale unfolded and they ended the longest existing premiership drought with a 22 point win over Sydney.

A day later Cronulla Sharks produced another upset. All the talk at the start of the NRL season surrounded the two Queensland Giants and Melbourne Storm. Little attention was given to the $18 Sharks. Despite a loss in round one to the Cowboys their odds came in, which was the story for the majority of the season. Despite a second-half rally from Storm, the Sharks managed to hold on and land the gamble.

So what’s next? Where’s the next potential upset?

It looks like there'll be no fairy-tale season in the Premier League, the two Manchester giants have splashed the cash and will be very tricky to beat for the top-spot. Can Central Coast Mariners or Newcastle Jets upset the odds and take out the A-League at $41, we just can’t see it happening. Brisbane Heat are once again outsiders to win the Big Bash at $9.50, and none of their signings have given us any reason to predict anything else but a disappointing season. The Melbourne Cup is where we should be looking, with so many horses priced up odds go all the way to $3001, not quite Leicester, but still we wouldn’t turn it down…

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