Of course, nobody knows what will happen in 2017. However, after some of the remarkable events over the last twelve months, there are bound to be some more surprises around the corner, with every punter looking to back this year’s Leicester City. Claudio Ranieri’s men started the 2015/16 Premier League season as 5,000/1 outsiders, only to shock the world to claim the title for the first time in their history. Meanwhile away from the world of sport, Brexit and Donald Trump’s US election win were two more unexpected events in 2016, with Portugal winning Euro 2016 and the Cleveland Cavaliers coming back from 3-1 down to win the NBA Finals upsets of slightly dramatic nature.
With daily betting tips being posted all the time, focusing on some more long-term wagering may well be the way to go after such an unpredictable year of sports last time around. Firstly, with Chelsea having built a healthy lead in the race for the Premier League title in England, it is perhaps not worth backing Antonio Conte at this point. However, summer signing N’Golo Kante has established himself as part of the furniture at Stamford Bridge, with the Frenchman now given best odds of 22/1 to claim the PFA Player of the Year Award. Having won the league with Leicester City last year, Kante is joined by team mates Diego Costa and Eden Hazard as the frontrunners for the title.
Despite their poor form in the competition over recent years, many are predicting a backlash from 2010 Six Nations winners France. Despite reigning champions England going in as favourites following their grand slam in 2016, France certainly have the credentials to cause an upset, starting their campaign off at Twickenham. Odds of 14/1 are certainly enticing, with a repeat grand slam win seeming unlikely this time around.
Andy Murray had a 2016 to remember after the Scot won both Wimbledon and Olympic gold in Rio, and the new men’s tennis world number one is offered rank outsider odds to complete a year grand slam, starting at the Australian Open in Melbourne. With Novak Djokovic seemingly not as potent a force as he once was, only the likes of an ageing Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal stand in his way. Murray also claimed the much-coveted BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award at the end of the year, and the Wimbledon champion is the favourite to defend his title ahead of Rory McIlroy, Anthony Joshua and Lewis Hamilton.