Take five teams with dubious levels of motivation and one with plenty and you have a recipe for a 35/1 all-draw treble in matchweek 37 of the Premier League.
After succeeding Chelsea as champions, Leicester have as little to play for as the mid-table Londoners or Everton, their opponents at the King Power Stadium.
All but mathematically safe and with the FA Cup final a fortnight away tomorrow Crystal Palace find themselves in similarly tepid waters against mid-table Stoke.
Only for the Stamford Bridge side’s foes Sunderland, one-point adrift of safety with a game in hand, are circumstances likely to demand maximum commitment.
Unfortunately for the Black Cats, that’s by no means certain to be good enough.
A treble on draws in all three fixtures pays out at north of 35/1. Read on for the reasoning…
Eagles matches tend to be tighter than Luke Shaw’s jeans, with 15 of their last 17 across all competitions either drawn or decided by the odd goal.
Likewise their six tussles with the Potters since they returned to the top tier, five of which have been won by a one-strike margin, while the other was drawn.
Stoke drew at home to Sunderland last time out, while Palace spurned a penalty in losing 1-0 to Newcastle.
The Stadium of Light has brought a good deal of darkness to Sunderland’s guests over the past two seasons.
Chelsea were held 0-0 there last term and beaten in the Capital One Cup the season before that.
Sam Allardyce’s troops need victories, but they’ve drawn three of the last four in front of their own devotees and six of their last eight outings altogether.
Aside from their reprehensible 4-0 rollover at Anfield, the Toffees’ last seven games should have draw punters’ panting.
Of the other six encounters in that sequence, half ended honours even, while the other half were won by one-goal margin.
Leicester will be keen to sign off with a riotous victory in front of the King Power Stadium, but their efforts in getting over the title-winning line are expected to catch up with them.