The weekend began with Manchester City vs Everton. Although Everton enjoyed great form going into the game, being the last team not to lose, Manchester City were still considered odds on favourites, with Bet Victor offering 4/6 for them to win the game. Despite Everton scoring first, City went on to win 3-1. So, not the best start to the day.
The 3 o’clock kick-offs saw a marginally favoured Newcastle side beat Cardiff City 2-1 away from home, 18th placed Fulham take all 3 points against 16th placed Stoke and Hull City and Aston Villa produced the first draw of the weekend with a dull 0-0.
We also saw Liverpool take on Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace had only accumulated 3 points in the last 6 games going in to it, so, it was no surprise seeing Bet365 offering Palace at 16/1 to beat Liverpool. But even 16/1 was perhaps not a big enough price to tempt punters away from backing Liverpool. Liverpool eventually went on to win 3-1.
The late fixture between Manchester United and Sunderland had United as 41/25 favourites to win.
Sunderland, who have been going through a lot of changes and incredibly poor form, scored first. The game looked like it could have been an upset and would have made it a good Saturday for the bookmakers. United eventually fought back and took all 3 points, winning 2-1.
So with Saturday finished, the best result of the day for the bookmakers was the 0-0 draw between Hull City and Aston Villa. The draw was rated at 67/20.
The 3 big games of the day on the other hand, would have lost the bookmaker a lot of money, and helped out a few accumulators on the way.
The first games of the day saw Swansea travel to Southampton and Chelsea visit Norwich. Southampton were outright favourites at 11/10 to win at home. They did end up winning as predicted and didn’t really start the day off well for the bookmakers.
That was only worsened when the results came through from Norwich. Norwich looked set to grab a point only to lose it in the last 10 minutes.
The next two games to be played were West Brom vs Arsenal and Tottenham taking on West Ham.
Tottenham and Arsenal had both started the season very well, winning 4 out of 6 and 5 out of 6 games respectively. The same couldn’t be said for their opponents on Sunday with both lying in the bottom half going into the game and considered the underdogs.
West Ham were priced at 47/5 to take 3 points at Tottenham. It was something that they actually managed quite comfortably, winning 3-0.
At West Brom v Arsenal, another upset was beginning to play out. A draw was valued at 19/5 and with the form Arsenal were in, it seemed unlikely that they weren’t going to win. Despite continuous efforts from Arsenal to take the win, a 1-1 draw in the end finally finished off the weekend’s fixtures.
This weekend’s fixtures were always going to be tough for the bookmaker. Four out of the six ‘top’ teams were heavily favoured and won their games, the only upside was that one of them, Tottenham Hotspur, lost badly. A lot of accumulators would have been scuppered in that fixture.
Arsenal’s winning streak of five was finally ended rounding off two draws for the weekend. A third draw in any of the losing games would have made the weekend a lot easier for the bookie.
The weekend wasn’t perfect for bookmakers, but it wasn’t a disaster.