The Biggest Sporting Upsets in 2023 So Far: Part of the allure of sports and sports betting is that the underdog, no matter how small the prospect, always has the chance to succeed against the odds.
Of course, betting on this can lead to some substantial winnings. Let’s review some of the biggest upsets throughout 2023 so far based on their underdog status with offshore betting sites at the time.
Australia ends England’s 30-Game Unbeaten Streak at Brentford
Sarina Weigman’s England team was sitting at the apex of women’s football. They’d won the European Championship, knocked off the World Cup winners, the USA, in a friendly, and even lifted the first-ever Finallisma against Brazil.
While Australia is a handy team with Sam Kerr, an iconic striker few expected the visitors to leave Brentford with a win.
The best offshore betting sportsbooks had odds of around 9/1 for an Australia victory with England producing a very below-par performance leading to a 2-0 victory for the Matildas back in April 2023.
In fact, predicting the correct score could have presented as much value as 125/1, owing to England’s momentum at the time.
McDonald Upsets Nadal in Australia
Rafael Nadal was enjoying a second wind in his career in 2022 as he won two grand slams and was able to keep pace with the likes of Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, and Casper Ruud and even fend off his long-time nemesis, Novak Djokovic.
While he was the defending champion and the top seed at the 2023 Australian Open, he faced the American, Mackenzie McDonald.
The 27-year-old relative unknown had never won a single title on the ATP tour. Subsequently, bookmakers gave bettors 8/1 odds for him to beat Nadal, giving prudent tennis gamblers a tidy return.
33/1 returns were even on offer to those who could have foreseen that McDonald would win in straight sets.
Cameron hands Taylor First Defeat
Katie Taylor’s homecoming was very short of the expected result in Dublin. Amanda Serrano had been expected to headline the evening with Taylor but had to pull out to injury. Taylor apparently hand-picked Chantelle Cameron to fill the void.
Owing to her popularity and global status within the sport, Taylor was the favorite of most bookmakers.
Cameron’s odds were as high as 5/2 showing that nobody fancied the English woman to win in Ireland, however, she triumphed on the night handing Taylor her first-ever pro defeat.
This has certainly led to a spanner in the works as Taylor will still want to fight Serrano but may also want to avenge this specific loss to Cameron.
Liverpool Lose to AFC Bournemouth
Liverpool is arguably one of the most globally recognized teams in world football. Loved, hated, and adhered the team collects world-class players and is expected to win trophies.
Mohamed Salah among others usually gets on the scoreboard, so it is very strange when Liverpool loses and even more bizarre when they don’t even score.
Bournemouth managed that feat back in March 2023 when they secured a tender 1-0 victory. The odds of this were incredibly favorable at around 21/1 for a correct score prediction and even 13/2 for a Cherries win.
Grasso Submits Shevchenko for UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship
At UFC 285 the co-main event saw a contest for the UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship as Valentina Shevchenko set out to defend her strap against Alexa Grasso.
The Mexican contender might have been on a winning streak but was not held in the same regard as the champ. After all, Shevchenko’s resume read extremely well with wins over Joanna Jędrzejczyk, Holly Holm, and Jessica Eye.
Grasso was given 6/1 odds to win, having not typically succeeded at the same level of competition. Yet, she picked up the win with a face-crank maneuver, taking the gold home with her as well. The pair are set for a re-match in September 2023.
Luxembourg win in Zenica
While the country enjoys a healthy following for football, the Luxembourg national team has seldom been successful having been as low as 195 in the FIFA National Rankings (of around 200 national teams).
While Bosnia-Herzegovina are hardly world beaters, they possess top players like Miralem Pjanic, Edin Dzeko, and Sead Kolasinac who have all played at the top level of the game in the UEFA Champions League.
Therefore, they’re still expected to defeat Luxembourg at home, a team with some amateur players in the ranks.
Therefore, betting on a 2-0 away win would have yielded a 40/1 return. Lucky for those who were able to plot Luxembourg’s dramatic victory in Zenica to take three points in their UEFA European Championship qualifying campaign.
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