After a stunning opening weekend of Premier League betting, we look at some of the top takeaways and how the soccer futures odds stack up going into match day 2.
Match Day 1 Recap
The first taste of Premier League action served up a whole slew of surprises. Ahead of Monday’s final match of the opening week between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City, the “mighty” (written with a touch of sarcasm) Leicester City led the table with three points and a +2-goal differential. Thankfully, order was somewhat re-established by the end of Monday when Manchester City scaled the table’s summit with three points and a +3-goal differential. Otherwise, it might have been all out mutiny in the UK. None of the established heavyweights at the top of the table? It beggars belief.
To be fair, Manchester United and Liverpool emerged victorious on match day 1, but the wins left something to be desired. Both matches were rather dull and tedious affairs, settled by late goals in each. Man U edged Tottenham 1-0 while Liverpool snatched three points with a last gasp goal at the Potteries, gaining some vindication for the 6-1 humiliation to Stoke City at the end of last season. The pair are sat level on points and goal differential with Aston Villa, who beat AFC Bournemouth on the road (Liverpool are currently in sixth and Man United in seventh place).
Surprisingly, defending champions Chelsea slipped up against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge with a 2-2 draw that has them sat pretty in eighth place ahead of match day 2. It’s been a rough few weeks for the “Chosen One.”
Even more surprising to some soccer bettors was Arsenal’s complete and utter collapse against West Ham United at the Emirates. Arsenal are currently 19th in the table, smack in the middle of the relegation quagmire. Obviously, they aren’t going to remain there for too long but it’s not often you get to write a sentence about relegation with Arsenal as its subject.
Not without a touch of irony was the 4-2 loss highlighted by some spectacularly bonehead plays from Petr Cech, the Chelsea cast-off that was hailed as the final piece of Arsenal’s jigsaw by numerous publications in the lead up to the first week of the season. That’s not to take anything away from Slavan Bilic’s Hammers, who bounced back from a Europa League exit with an impressive outing to North London.
In other matches, Everton and promoted Watford settled on a 2-2 draw, as did Newcastle United and Southampton.
Market reaction to match day 1 is mixed. Jose Mourinho and his Blues have been usurped at the top of the Premier League futures board as the favorites to win outright by Manchester City at Bet365. (Chelsea move from +163 to +200 to win the title while Man City’s odds are shaved down to +175 from +275.) at 5Dimes though Man City remain the second favorites at +290 behind Chelsea at +170 soccer odds.
Other notable movers were Arsenal and Manchester United. Arsenal’s odds swelled marginally from +400 to +450 while Man United’s odds swelled from +500 to +550 at Bet365. The rest of the Premier League odds board remains unmoved. It’s only match day 1, after all. One match isn’t the ‘be all end all’ of the season. It’s a long way to go yet.
Premier League Outrights Heading Into Opening Weekend
Match Day 2 Matches To Spot
The second lap around the Premier League this weekend serves up a whole slew of scintillating matchups. Tim Sherwood and his Villa boys are set to welcome Louis Van Gaal and the Red Devils on Friday. Both looking to extend their winning streak to two in a row, something is going to have to give.
Saturday’s slate serves up five kick-offs around the UK. Ironically, the two sides that surprised in week 1 West Ham United and Leicester City are set to collide at Boleyn Ground. One really has to like the Hammers here to extend their winning form under new coach Slavan Bilic to two wins in a row.
Meanwhile, Swansea City welcome Newcastle United in a game that might be tougher to call than the Premier League odds would suggest. West Bromwich Albion will look to snatch their first points of the season at the expense of promoted side Watford, but the soccer odds are stacked against them on the road. And pointless Sunderland and Norwich City will look to get off the mark when they collide.
Two matches of the day have to be Everton vs. Southampton and Tottenham vs. Stoke City. The hosts are favored in both these games but neither visitor is a slouch and could prove the value soccer picks.
Game of the week has to be the clash between defending champions Chelsea and current league-leading Manchester City on Sunday at the Etihad. The game will overshadow probably another enticing clash on the day between Crystal Palace and Arsenal as most soccer fans will be keen to see first-hand whether Jose Mourinho’s Blues will defy the soccer odds and take the road win. Chelsea are trading at the tempting +250 mark or thereabouts depending on your choice sportsbook.
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