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Where would a 5,000/1 Leicester title win rank in sport's biggest outsider bets?

Frankie Dettori, Leicester City and the Greek national football team
Image: Table-topping Leicester City were 5,000/1 to lift the Premier League back in August, but where would a title-winning turn-up rank among some of sport's biggest outsider wins?

Table-topping Leicester City were 5,000/1 to lift the Premier League back in August, but where would a title-winning turn-up rank among some of the biggest outsider wins in sport?

A year ago this week, Leicester were bottom of the Premier League, four points from safety with 14 games remaining, but ended up finishing six clear of the drop following seven wins from their last nine games under Nigel Pearson.

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Pearson was then replaced by Claudio Ranieri in the summer following the Italian's four-game winless stint with Greece, and Leicester were tipped by many as one of the three favourites for relegation.

Leicester City's Robert Huth (right), goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (centre) and Demarai Gray applaud supporters at the end after win v Manchester City
Image: Leicester, five points clear at the top, were 5,000/1 to win the Premier League title before the start of the season

Sky Bet's Dale Tempest revealed a total of £212.10 was placed from 75 Sky Bet customers on Leicester at the start of the season at 5,000/1, ranging from 10p to £40.

Headingley 1981, Royal Ascot 1996, Wimbledon 2001, Sandwich 2003, Estadio da Luz 2004... the King Power Stadium 2016?

Botham's England shock Australia - 500/1

At the close of play on the third day of the third Ashes Test in 1981, England were 6-1 in their second innings having followed on, 221 runs behind Australia.

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Looking to go 2-0 up in the six-Test series, Australia were 1/4 for the win, while the scoreboards at Headingley flashed up 500/1 on an England win, and 5/2 for the draw.

Image: Sir Ian Botham led England to a famous Ashes win in 1981

After a rest day on the Sunday, England returned for the fourth day with their batteries charged, before the hosts reached 356 all out thanks to a legendary 149 off 219 balls from Sir Ian Botham.

England eventually won by 18 runs as Bob Willis took 8/43 with the ball, marking only the second time the team following-on has won a Test match. England eventually won the series 3-1.

Wildcard Ivanisevic takes Wimbledon - 150/1

Goran Ivanisevic had been here before. The 2001 Wimbledon final was his fourth showdown after defeats in 1992, 1994 and 1998, but his one and only Grand Slam win came in bizarre circumstances.

Wimbledon 2001 v Pat Rafter
Image: Goran Ivanisevic became the lowest-ranked and only wildcard player to win at Wimbledon

The first-ever wildcard entrant to win Wimbledon, Ivanisevic saw off Brit Tim Henman in an epic five-set semi-final, and continued his momentum with another five-set win in the final, this time over Australian Pat Rafter. 

"This was my dream all my life," said Ivanisevic, just two months short of his 30th birthday and the lowest-ranked player to win Wimbledon. "I came here and nobody thought about me, but here I am holding the trophy."

Rookie Curtis wins Open - 500/1

The 2003 Open Championship was American rookie Ben Curtis' first major, and thanks to Thomas Bjorn's late demise, the 26-year-old became the first debut major winner since Tom Watson in 1975.

Image: American rookie Ben Curtis, a 500/1 shot, won the 2003 Open ahead of Thomas Bjorn

Bjorn, who had led for much of the final round, faltered in the closing holes, allowing Curtis to take the title at Royal St George's in Sandwich by one shot from the Dane and Vijay Singh. 

A year later, 38-year-old Todd Hamilton repeated the achievement at similarly long odds, edging Ernie Els in a four-hole play-off at Royal Troon.

Greece defy the odds in Lisbon - 150/1

Ranieri left the Greek job with the national side at their lowest ebb, but they once pulled off one of the biggest shocks in tournament history at Euro 2004.

Greece went into the tournament in Portugal under German Otto Rehhagel ranked 40th in the world, but their industry and grit got them through the group stage ahead of Spain on goals scored. 

Image: Greece scored just seven goals in six games to win Euro 2004 under Otto Rehhagel

They saw off France in the quarters, Czech Republic in the semis, and hosts Portugal in the final, all by a 1-0 scoreline, to stun world football.

"We have given the Greek people a great pride which they will be able to carry with them for the rest of their lives," said captain and player of the tournament Theo Zagorakis. 

Dettori's seven heaven - 25,095/1

"I'd seen it all, except I hadn't seen it all," recalled bookmarker Fred Done. "No bookmaker knew what its liability was. The business was out of control, and it felt like Armageddon to me."

On September 28, 1996, Frankie Dettori re-wrote horse racing history with an unprecedented seven straight victories at Ascot.

Image: Frankie Dettori re-wrote horse racing history with an unprecedented seven straight victories in 1996

After taking the first six races on Champions Day, Detorri romped home on Fujiyama Crest, a 2-1 shot. 

His seven heaven earned some punters more than £500,000 each, and reportedly cost the betting industry more than £30m. His first ride, ironically, was called Wall Street. 

Dettori, an Arsenal fan, will be hoping Leicester's long outside shot is a miss...

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