If you hadn’t heard, Leicester City are on the verge of completing the impossible.
The Foxes have a five-point lead over Tottenham in their hunt to win the Premier League. They are four games away from capping off one of the most remarkable seasons in football history.
Having already booked their place in the Champions League, an interesting topic of conversation is how Claudio Ranieri’s side will fare next season. Are they genuinely one of England’s best teams, or was this campaign a fluke?
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We’ll find out for certain later on in the year. For now, the bookmakers have been taking a guess and it’s clear that they don’t fancy Leicester to repeat their heroics.
The Foxes were 5,000/1 to win the Premier League title pre-season and, though their odds of being crowned champions in 2016-17 are now 40/1 with Betway, the betting company believe Jamie Vardy and co. are more likely to be relegated.
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Betway, per JOE.co.uk, have Leicester at 28/1 to be relegated to the Championship. Those are long odds but a clear sign of how unlikely Leicester’s rise to the top has been.
Next season could be difficult
Ranieri will have to contend with the threat of losing Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante in the summer transfer window. Both have been miraculous this season but Leicester don’t have the status to ward off Europe’s elite teams.
Another hindrance the Italian must deal with is the Champions League. Ranieri must add depth to his squad in the summer in order to compete in four competitions.
Betway’s numbers don’t take into consideration whether Leicester will win the league or not.
To put this season’s feat into perceptive, they are 1,000/1 to win the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble.
They are 66/1 to beat Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to the Champions League trophy, but to bring Leicester back down to earth, Betway have them at 40/1 to not win a point in the European competition.
Vardy - back-to-back Golden Boots?
Vardy is in the running to win the Golden Boot - he trails Tottenham’s Harry Kane by two goals - and the betting company reckon the England striker will be in the running again next season.
He’s 16/1 to be the top scorer in 2016-17 (he was 250/1 at the start of this season).
Ranieri has somehow managed to remain calm in all the hysteria.
The 64-year-old, who finished runner-up with Chelsea in 2003-04, hasn’t let the commotion affect his players and is only now starting to realise the scale of Leicester’s achievement.
In an honest interview with Barcelona paper Diario Sport, he said (per the Daily Mail): “This year is an exception and we should know that. We are here because the favourites have all slipped up a lot and that will not happen next season. Our reality should be being in the top ten.”
Will it be the biggest surprise in football history if Leicester finish the job? “With football as it is right now yes,” Ranieri replied. “But this team is already making history day after day.”