It may have not been perfect, but this weekend was quite possibly the closest thing the bookmaker had to it in terms of results. Three shock results, three draws and a game between two huge favourites may have just cost any gambler over the weekend the chance of winning a fortune.
No midday kick off so four of the six games kicked off at 3 o’clock. At the beginning of the season Southampton were most likely considering safety, after beating Hull 4-1, they would find themselves sitting third in the table at the end of the weekend. It came as no surprise that underdogs Hull were 15/2 to beat the favoured Saints.
By half time in each game, most of the favourites in each game were winning, the bookmaker may have sensed a bad day looming, but, then came full time at the Chelsea v West Brom game. The result ended in a 2-2, which was priced at 5/1, but, annoyingly for the bookmaker, a late, late equaliser from Chelsea denied West Brom all 3 points, who were priced at 11/1 to do so.
Another great result came between Crystal Palace and Everton.
Sunday is supposed to be the day of rest, but after the games that took place yesterday, I doubt the bookmaker was able to at all. First game of the day was between Tottenham, who have been enjoying a good run of form before the game and a Newcastle side who enjoyed a great win against Chelsea last week. Tottenham were clear favourites for the game at 11/7, but, even though they had 24 shots to Newcastle’s 4, it was the 7/1 underdogs who took all 3 points.
Final game of the weekend was the biggest match of the weekend. Title holders Manchester United took on early favourites for the title this season, Arsenal. This game was an interesting one for the bookmaker. Arsenal seemed to be the team in form, but, Old Trafford is always a tough place to go to. It seems games like these seem to close to call for it to cause any problems for the bookmaker. Still, Manchester United, priced at 7/3, held off Arsenal to a 1-0 to bring the title race even closer.