The weekend was full of thrills in the Barclays Premier League for gambler and bookmaker alike. There were three draws recorded but only one major upset.
The weekend began in the fierce Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton. In the past seven meetings at Goodison, Liverpool have won four, which gave them great odds of 8/5 going into the game. Everton were given odds of 2/1 to win the fixture, which looked very likely until the 88th minute equaliser from Liverpool ended the game in a draw. A good result for the bookmaker indeed.
A highly influential Newcastle side took on a poor away forming Norwich, with Newcastle 4/5 favourites to win the fixture. A draw at 14/5 wasn’t meant to be as Newcastle easily brushed aside Norwich at 2-1.
Next was Stoke City v Sunderland. Sunderland would’ve had high hopes after beating Manchester City last weekend, but the bookmaker still thought the home side were favourites, giving Sunderland odds of 3/1 to take down the Potters. Throughout the whole game, there was no sign of this and Stoke eased to a 2-0 victory.
The last game of Saturday had the London derby between West Ham United and Chelsea. Chelsea have had a very poor run recently, coming back from a defeat a Newcastle and only saved in the last minute to get a point from West Brom.
The beginning of Sunday had two favourites for the title battle for the first time as Man City took on Tottenham. City have enjoyed the better form recently, giving them generous 7/10 to take all 3 points from a well equipped Tottenham, which, turned out to be a good prediction for the bookmaker, as they rallied past Spurs 6-0.
Next saw Manchester United travel to Cardiff City. A game which many would have thought United would win easily, the bookmakers agreed, giving United 4/6 odds to do so. The game looked like to was going to finish with a win for United until a 90th minute equaliser from Cardiff shared the points at 3/1. Probably the best result of the weekend.
This weekend may have been quite a bad one for the bookmaker. Most of the favourites enjoyed quite easy victories, with bookmaker probably stopping bets on the Man City game by the 60th minute. Still, three draws were recorded, with Manchester United being one of them and a lacklustre Crystal Palace side recorded their second victory out of the twelve games played so far.