Leicester City are currently situated in first place of the EPL with 66 points, 5 points ahead of Tottenham, with just seven matches to go. The latest EPL title odds list Leicester City as an 8/15 favorite, the bookies granting them the “favorite” tag. However, Leicester City’s journey to being the favorites has been epic.
Prior to the start of the season, Leicester City was given odds of 5000-1 to win the EPL (I bet you wish you made that bet), no one believing they would be even close to challenging for the title. In fact, they were actually placed as one of the “favorites” to be relegated.
Back in January, when Leicester City had been owning the top of the table for a while, the bookies still gave them terrible odds of 12/1. Arsenal and Manchester City, which had less points, were deemed the favorites to come out winners by the end of the season.
With just seven matches to go, Leicester City have proven the world wrong, and are on the verge of the “upset of the century”. Leicester’s unprecedented, meteoric rise from relegation candidate to firm title contender has caused a tremendous stir. Not just for those who follow the EPL, but for anyone who is interested in sports, or likes to hear about an underdog succeeding against overwhelming odds.
If you wanted some proof of Leicester City’s rise in notoriety across the world, you can read this epic Reddit thread. Reddit, a huge online community with tens of millions of monthly visitors, mostly American, read the fantastic description of Leicester’s journey, and up-voted it to the front page of one of the most visited sites in the world. The thread received over 2,000 comments, and was likely read by hundreds of thousands of people.
That is the effect that Leicester City has had on the worldwide sports community.