The new Premier League season is now one week old and after a thrilling opening weekend in the English top flight there have been some big movers in several outright betting markets. Here at Compare Betting Sites we take a look at the big winners and losers, providing the latest outright betting odds courtesy of our panel of bookmakers.
The title race
Impressive opening weekend wins for last season’s top two sees both Manchester City and Liverpool occupying two of the top three spots already. Pep Guardiola’s City have amassed a massive 198 points from their last two campaigns so it was hardly a surprise to see them installed as the 1/2 odds-on favourites before the season started. However, their impressive 5-0 win away at West Ham United last weekend prompted bookies to slash their odds further. City are now commonly available at 2/9 to retain their title. MarathonBet are currently offering the best price on a City title win at 9/20.
Liverpool remain a solid 10/3 prospect with Black Type to win a first ever Premier League title but it is their fierce rivals, Manchester United, that are the biggest movers in this particular market. The Red Devils kicked off the campaign as a 40/1 shot but after easing to a 4-0 win against Chelsea at Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are now as short as 20/1 with some bookmakers. If you fancy United to claim yet another Premier League title then get on the 35/1 currently available via Paddy Power and Betfair.
Despite putting on encouraging displays in the opening weekend, newly-promoted pair, Norwich City and Sheffield United, remain the bookies’ favourite for the drop. However, Brighton & Hove Albion have drifted from 2/1 to 10/3 with several bookmakers. The Seagulls claimed an impressive 3-0 win away at Watford in their season opener, giving much cause for optimism on the south coast.
Watford were the big movers in the relegation markets. Javi Gracia’s side have been cut from 8/1 to 9/2 following that surprise defeat at home to Brighton.
This weekend, Norwich City host Newcastle United at Carrow Road in what has been described as a must-win game for both sides. if either side was to lose that crucial fixture, their relegation odds will tumble.
Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson, remains the hot favourite to be the first Premier League manager out of the door. Despite the Eagles’ credible draw away to Everton, Hodgson is still as short as 7/2 with most bookmakers. The big movers were Javi Gracia and Frank Lampard whose sides were on the receiving end of heavy defeats on the opening weekend. Gracia is now 8/1 to face the axe after his Watford side lost 3-0 at home to Brighton. Meanwhile Lampard’s tenure in the Chelsea hotseat started with a heavy 4-0 defeat at Manchester United, closely followed by a midweek defeat in the UEFA Super Cup. Lampard is now 10/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post.
Lampard’s Manchester United counterpart, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has seen the odds of him leaving his post drift considerably in the aftermath of the United versus Chelsea tie. Before the weekend, William Hill were offering 8/1 on the Norwegian getting the boot, the same bookmakers have now pushed Solskjaer out to 11/1.
Most of the big-hitters got off the mark at the weekend with goals for Harry Kane (2), Mo Salah and Lacazette. The deadly trio still lead the Golden Boot market but the big mover was Manchester City and England forward, Raheem Sterling.
Sterling’s superb hat-trick away at West Ham United last weekend caused bookmakers to slash his Golden Boot odds to 6/1. Bravo to any bettors that backed Sterling pre-season as 16/1!
Another big mover in the Golden Boot market was Sterling’s England teammate, Marcus Rashford. The Manchester United forward found the back of the net twice against Chelsea at the weekend, seeing his odds cut from 25/1 to just 14/1. Interestingly, Rashford seems to have inherited penalty-taking duties from Paul Pogba, and with VAR in effect this season, spot-kicks could certainly bolster his goal tally.
Neither Sadio Mane or Alexandre Lacazette started on the opening weekend, seeing their odds drift slightly. With each-way bets paying out for four places with most bookmakers, the pair could still provide excellent value. Mane is now 25/1 with Royal Panda whilst BetVictor has pushed Lacazette out to 33/1.
PFA Player of the Year
After his three-goal showing at West Ham, Raheem Sterling has been cut from 9/1 to 6/1 with William Hill to claim this season’s PFA Player of the Year accolade. Sterling was runner-up last season to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk. But, could he go one better this time around?
Like Sterling, Liverpool attacker, Mo Salah, has been cut from 9/1 to 6/1 with Betfair and Paddy Power whilst ante-post favourite, Kevin de Bruyne, has drifted slightly from 6/1 to 7/1.
There is plenty more Premier League action taking place this weekend so if you fancy taking a punt on any of our ever-changing outright betting markets, now could be the best time to do it. Sign up to any of Compare Betting Sites’ betting partners today and earn an exclusive welcome bonus when you register.