Tue, Aug 21, 9:24am by Staff Writer
The second weekend of action in the 2018 English Premier League confirmed Manchester City as the team to beat this season, as they thumped Huddersfield 6-1 in their opening home game of the season.
City has firmed to $1.57 favourites to win back-to-back titles, after beginning the new season undefeated.
Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick, with his third goal coming in the 75th minute. City led 3-1 at half-time, with the game beyond doubt after Gabriel Jesus’ goal just after the half hour mark.
Huddersfield is now winless in two games, albeit losing to Chelsea and City. They are second favourites to get relegated at $1.67 at Sportsbet.
Liverpool is the next best priced to win the Premier League at $4. They maintained their unbeaten start to the new season with a hard-fought 2-0 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
In the upset of the weekend, Brighton and Hove Albion notched a 3-2 win against an out-of-sorts Manchester United.
United fell behind 3-1 at half-time and offered little in the second stanza as they produced one of their poorer results in recent times. There is plenty of pressure on coach Jose Mourinho to deliver at Old Trafford, with United dropping to $26 to win the title.
It is a valuable three points for Brighton, who are now $4 to be relegated this season.
Chelsea is two wins from two matches this season after a pulsating 3-2 against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.
The Gunners missed a number of guilt-edged opportunities in the second half to equalise and even win the match, as they are winless to start the new season.
Chelsea is $13 to win the Premier League, while Arsenal is $34 at Sportsbet.
Tottenham returned to Wembley for their first home game of the new season, a 3-1 win against newly-promoted Fulham.
A brace of late goals to Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane put the result beyond doubt in the final 15 minutes.
Tottenham is $17 to win the Premier League, while Fulham are expected to be in the relegation scrap, priced at $3.75 to drop to the Championship.
Leicester City consigned Wolves to their second straight loss with a 2-0 win at the King Power. The Foxes are $501 to win the title, but will be without prolific goal scorer Jamie Vardy for three games as he was issued a red card in the second half.
Everton began life under Marco Silva at Goodison Park with a 2-1 win against Southampton. First half goals to Theo Walcott and Richarlison, all but sealed the result at half time.
The Toffees are $201 to win the title, while Southampton is expected to struggle, priced at $4.50 to be relegated.
Burnley’s early-season fixture clog looks to have taken its toll, with the Clarets losing 3-1 to Watford at Turf Moor on Sunday.
Watford struck twice early in the first half to set up a match-winning two goal lead, their second win of the season.
Both sides are $501 outsiders to win the league.
Cardiff and Newcastle played out a dour bore draw in Cardiff, with final minute draw ensuring the match remained knotted.
Newcastle’s Kenedy, who had a terrible match stepped up to take a 95th minute penalty to win the match for the Toon, only to have his meek shot stopped by Bluebirds keeper Neil Etheridge.
Both sides picked up their first points of the new season, with Cardiff a $1.45 chance of being relegated this season, the shortest price of any team in the Premier League.
West Ham coach Manuel Pelligrini’s first match at the Olympic Stadium was not a good one, as the Hammers lost 2-1 to Bournemouth.
Goals to Callum Wilson and Steve Cook midway through the second half proved decisive, as the Hammers relinquished their one-goal half-time lead.
The Cherries are two from two this season, while the Hammers are winless. Both sides are $501 to win the title.
West Ham are $5 to be relegated at Sportsbet, while Bournemouth are $7.
Manchester City $1.57
Manchester United $26
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