With just 11 days to go until the 2017 Super Bowl, bookmakers are starting to show their hands. Following on from their impressive performance in the AFC Championships, most bookies are now backing the New England Patriots to win the fifty-first Super Bowl, with Boylesports pricing the team at 6/10. Rival Atlanta Falcons, meanwhile, are tipped as the 7/5 underdogs.
But with the last five Super Bowls having been won by the underdogs, there’s a good chance that it’ll be the Atlanta Falcons who emerge victorious on Sunday, 5th February. Last year, the Carolina Panthers were the bookmakers’ favourites to win. But when playtime was over, the scoreboard told a very different story: the Denver Broncos had the two-touchdown lead, cementing their third Super Bowl win and giving their fans much to celebrate. The previous four championships have gone much the same way, with the supposed little guy walking away with the spoils.
There’s no denying that it’s the Patriots, however, who will feel most at home this year. Next Sunday’s game will mark the ninth time the New England team has made it to the final, with four of those culminating in victories for the team. The Atlanta Falcons, meanwhile, have only ever made it to the Super Bowl once before — back in 1999, whereupon their championship dreams were soundly crushed by the Denver Broncos with a final score of 34-19.
Whatever happens, Super Bowl LI is sure to be an exhilarating game to watch, since both teams are currently in great form and riding high on recent victories — the Patriots having made light work of both the Steelers and Texans, and Atlanta even managing to take down the mighty Seattle Seahawks in the divisional playoffs.
Will you be having a flutter on this year’s Super Bowl? If so, will you be following the bookies’ tips or subscribing to the notion that, sometimes, it all comes down to whichever team wants it most on the day? Good luck!