The oddschecker team have picked out the five performances from the first weekend of the Premier League that have shaken up the betting markets.
Erling Haaland slashed in top goalscorer market
The big Norwegian striker got his Premier League career off to the start many predicted, netting a brace in a 2-0 away win vs West Ham. He won and converted a penalty early in the game before clinically slotting home his second off the back of an inch perfect through ball from Kevin De Bruyne. This looks like the start of a dangerous pairing.
Before the start of the Premier League season, Haaland was 3/1 to be top scorer but now sits as short as 6/5 to clinch the Golden boot. The oddschecker community seem to think this will be the case too, with 25% of the bets on this market in the last month being placed on Haaland, with the next closest Jesus (14%) and Nunez (13%).
Liverpool’s Premier League title odds lengthen
Jurgen Klopp won’t be happy with the start his Liverpool team had to this season, having to come from behind twice to secure a draw against newly promoted Fulham. Aleksandar Mitrovic caused problems all afternoon and forced Virgil Van Dijk to give away a penalty in the 70th minute, which he slotted away expertly to complete his brace.
With points dropped in the first week of the league, Liverpool’s odds of winning the title are already starting to lengthen. They were 28/13 to win before the season started but now sit at best price 7/2 through oddschecker.
There were some silver linings for Liverpool vs Fulham at the weekend. Mo Salah continued his fine form from last season and showed the board why he deserved his new lucrative contract by netting and registering an assist. Liverpool’s new £67 million striker Nunez also backed up his debut goal in the Community Shield win vs Manchester City with a goal and an assist at Craven Cottage.
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Steven Gerrard to be the first manager sacked?
While Frank Lampard (3/1) and Ralph Hasenhuttl (5/1 best) are the early favourites to be the first manager to leave this season, Gerrard’s odds have shortened significantly from 20/1 to 7/1 in the past week off the back of a very poor opening day defeat to Bournemouth. The Cherries took the lead early on from a set piece and put the tie to bed with an 80th Minute Kieffer Moore winner.
Gerrard’s Villa looked lacklustre as they managed only two shots on target all game. With heavy investment over the summer, bringing in the likes of Phillipe Coutinho permanently, Diego Carlos and Boubacar Bernard, it has called into question Gerrard’s managerial ability. It is only the first week of the Premier League season, but could he end up being the first out the door?
Brighton good enough for Europe?
Graham Potter will be very happy with Brighton’s start to this season, comfortably beating Manchester United at Old Trafford thanks to a Pascal Groß double. The Seagulls looked organised and well drilled as they punished ten Hag on his Premier League debut and it has made many wonder how far they can go this season.
Before the start of the season, they were at 8/1 to finish in the top six and that has now shortened to 11/2 after their impressive display in Manchester. Whilst there are many clubs competing for these positions, it is Brighton who have got the head start with West Ham falling at home to Manchester City and Leicester being held to a draw with Brentford.
After this result Manchester United’s odds of making the top four this season have gone from 2/1 to 4/1 as ten Hag struggles to figure out his best team amid internal battles at the club. Potter’s Brighton, meanwhile, are the one of bookies’ favourite outsiders to make the top four, having shortened from 40/1 to 20/1 in the last week alone.
Relegation Odds - The Saints to struggle this season
Southampton struggled in their opening day defeat to Tottenham, battered 4-1 by a rampant Spurs side. They took the lead early on with a clever finish from James Ward-Prowse but were off the pace for the rest of the match vs Antonio Conte’s side. Their poor performance was topped off by a Mohammed Salisu own goal that has left the question - will they face the drop this year?
Their odds of being relegated have shortened from 3/1 to 2/1 since the start of the season leaving many to think they will be one of the teams dragged into a relegation battle this year. Ralph Hasenhuttl (3/1 short) is already one of the favourites to be sacked first and with many more performances like the weekend this season, his departure may be inevitable.
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