Mon, Aug 13, 7:06pm by Staff Writer
The 2018-19 English Premier League commenced on Saturday morning, with Manchester United defeating Leicester 2-1 at Old Trafford.
United are $15 to win the Premier League title and despite poor pre-season results and a lack of high-quality signings, they dispatched of the Foxes with ease.
A Paul Pogba goal in the third minute game United the ascendency, with a second to Luke Shaw late in the match assuring the result. Jamie Vardy’s goal in stoppage time was too little too late for Leicester, who are $501 to win the title at Sportsbet.
Manchester City reminded their rivals that they are the team to beat in the Premier League this season with a 2-0 win against Arsenal at the Emirates.
Goals to Raheem Stelring and Bernardo Silva sealed the result for City, who are $1.62 favourites to win the title.
Liverpool began their season with a bang, hitting four past a lethargic West Ham side at Anfield.
The Reds are second favourites to win the title at $4.33, with Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Daniel Sturridge finding the back of the net.
Newcastle were unlucky to not come away with a point from their home game against Tottenham on Saturday night.
Spurs just held on to win 2-1 with all three goals coming in the first half. Newcastle hit the crossbar late in the match, but were unable to break down the Spurs despite repeated goal pressure.
Tottenham are $15 to win the title and with three points in the bag have shortened to $1.67 for a top four finish.
Newcastle made few off-season purchases and will be among the teams in the relegation scrap by seasons end. They are $4.50 to be relegated this season.
Fulham returned to the Premier League for the first time in three seasons with a disappointing 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage.
The Cottagers dominated possession in the first half, only for Palace to score on the counter through former Leicester defender Jeffrey Schlupp. Wilfred Zaha had been subject to transfer speculation, but remains a Palace player for now and scored in the 79th minute to put the result beyond doubt.
Palace are $501 to win the title, as are their London rivals Fulham.
Cardiff’s return to the Premier League was also an unhappy one, as they lost 2-0 to Bournemouth on the south coast.
The Cherries goals came through Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson, as they owned the game with over 60 per cent possession.
Cardiff could muster only one shot on target for the match and are $1.45 favourites to be relegated this season.
Maurizio Sarri’s first Premier League match as Chelsea coach could not have gone better as the Blues took care of Huddersfield 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Goals to N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro assured all three points would return to London, with the Terriers having only one shot on target and 37 per cent possession for the game.
In their second season in the top flight, they figure to be one of the teams that will be relegated at season’s end. They have the lowest wage bill of any Premier League team and are $1.83 to drop.
Chelsea have aspirations of a title and top four finish, with the Blues $1.62 to finish in the top four and $15 to win the Premier League.
It Vicarage Road it was Watford who got the better of Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0.
The Hornets’ new midfielder, Argentinian Roberto Pereyra struck twice in a game that the home side dominated, managing 19 shots on goal.
They are $51 for an unlikely top six finish. The Seagulls would be concerned with that performance, given they are a favourite for relegation at $3.
Wolves and Everton played out an entertaining 2-all draw in the late match on Saturday night, UK time.
Despite a Phil Jagielka red card in the first half, the Toffees stayed competitive, with former Watford goal scorer Richarlison netting both goals for Everton.
Wolves are expected to be the most competitive of the promoted sides and are $251 to win the title. Everton are $201 to win the Premier League.
Southampton and Burnley played out a bore draw at St Mary’s, with the latter sure to be happy with the result as they look towards their home Europa League tie against Istanbul Basaksehir on Thursday.
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