The weekend started off great for the bookmakers. Chelsea have been playing good solid football and were tipped to win the first game against Newcastle at odds of 13/20. The early kick off saw an inspiring performance from Newcastle United to beat off heavily favoured Chelsea 2-0 at odds of 9/2 to do so.
The 3 o’clock kick off also saw two draws occur in the games between Stoke City v Southampton and West Ham v Aston Villa. In the game between Stoke and Southampton, Southampton were favourite to take all 3 points despite playing away from home. The draw ended 1-1 and came in at 12/5.
Hull then took on an unstable Sunderland at home. A shameful Sunderland had lost 7 out of 9 games before this game, so were underdogs priced at 29/10. Two red cards and an own goal from Sunderland saw them face another defeat.
A side with a worse record was Crystal Palace, suffering 8 out of 9 defeats with 7 of them in a row. They were priced at 33/10 to take down West Bromwich away from home. Needless to say, it didn’t happen, suffering their 9th defeat of the season.
Sunday’s first game had another bore score draw between Everton and Tottenham. Both have shown great form this season, so the bookmaker decided a draw was the most favourable option at 7/5.
The final game saw the first welsh derby in the league’s history. Cardiff and Swansea have both been struggling this season but Swansea were still favoured at 13/10 with a Cardiff win placed at 12/5.
3 draws out of 10 and two of the favourites unexpectedly losing caused a few accumulators to be thrown away. The wins for both Manchester teams, although not what the bookmaker wanted, were highly expected and the short odds weren’t surprising. Still, the Newcastle v Chelsea game would have been the highlight of the weekend for the bookmaker as Chelsea have been great this season and Newcastle, although shown good performances recently, have an underperforming strike unit. The bookmakers will definitely be happy with this weekend.