Generous to a fault?

So William Hill are offering £50 million if you can predict the correct order of next season’s Premier League. Those odds would seem generous until you work out the chances of getting it right. By my reckoning (I’m very happy to be corrected if I’m wrong) the chances of predicting the correct order is the reciprocal 20 factorial usually shown as 1/20! or 1/(1x2x3x4x5x6x7x8x9x10x11x12x13x14x15x16x17x18x19x20) which is 1/2.432902008177e+18 or 2,432,902,008,177,000,000 to 1. To put that in context, there is more chance of throwing 60 coins in the air and them all coming down heads!

3 thoughts on “Generous to a fault?

  1. Those maths would work if each team had an equal chance of winning the league and finishing in each position. But everyone knows that the top six will be drawn from Watford, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. Probably in that order. It’s just so predictable.

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