Relegation markets are, in general, priced up tentatively, with relatively short prices attributed to the parties involved in the skirmish to ensure all bases are covered.
Therefore, a team priced up at 33/1 to go down at this stage, one would instantly assume, are in no way implicated in the battle to beat the drop.
With this in mind, it will register as a surprise of earth-shattering magnitude to see Leicester, who sit just three points clear of 18th-place Hull, afforded these enormous odds ahead of the Premier League’s penultimate weekend.
Should the Tigers, Newcastle and Sunderland, who are the Foxes’ next opponents, all record victories in a treble that pays out at 25/1 on game week 37, Nigel Pearson’s men’s league standing will, much like their lofty relegation price, nose dive, so back both punts now to ensure a monster curtain-falling pay out.
Hull to beat Tottenham @ 13/4
Steve Bruce’s side undoubtedly have a task on their hands, but winning at White Hart Lane is essential if they are to survive.
Akin to the Yorkshire outfit, Spurs have an end-of-season avoidance mission of their own concerning the Europa League.
Of their last six matches – only one of which was against a team of superior standing – the Lilywhites have mustered a solitary victory, snaring the spoils against a point-shilling Newcastle side.
Hull delivered in unexpected circumstances to beat Crystal Palace and Liverpool recently, so they’re not without a chance and have recorded positive results on three of their four visits to this corner of north London since first earning Premier League status.
Newcastle to beat QPR @ 27/20
It’s hard to envisage the Magpies ever winning again, but they’ll never get a better chance than this.
The R’s attempt to pull off a miraculous act of drop-defiance was pitiful in the extreme, avoiding defeat in just three of their last 11 matches, culminating in their relegation being confirmed in a 6-0 smiting at Manchester City last time.
Chris Ramsey’s men have fired a paltry three goals in eight across all competitions on the homestead rendering it an opportunity the Toon can’t afford to waive.
Sunderland to beat Leicester @ 33/20
Despite boasting a relegation price only fractionally shorter than those of Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal, the Foxes are by no means unstoppable.
Dick Advocaat has sparked something of a revival on Wearside, with the club one win away from doubling their league tally for the entire campaign following triumphs over Southampton and Everton in their last two.
With two difficult away days to follow this, Leicester’s visit to the Stadium of Light represents Sunderland’s last realistic chance to claim any points this season so victory is paramount.