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United, Chelsea and Everton shorten after second EPL weekend

Tue, Aug 22, 10:07am by Head Editor

Manchester United have jumped out of the blocks with two consecutive four-goal wins from as many games, to open their campaign.

The Red Devils sit on top of the table, with an astounding goal difference of eight, and have moved in from $3.60 to $2.88 to lift the trophy for the first time since the 2012/13 season.

There have been plenty of promising signs for United, but the signing of striker Romelu Lakaku from Everton has already paid off, with the Belgian hitting the back of the net in each of the club’s opening two wins, against West Ham and Swansea respectively.

After dropping their opening match against Burnley at home, Chelsea bounced back with a brilliant 2-1 away win against Tottenham at Wembley. A Marcos Alonso double secured the three points, which saw the club move in from $7 to $5.50 for back-to-back titles. Spurs moved out slightly from $8 to $9.50.

Manchester City went behind in the 35th minute against Everton, when Wayne Rooney scored his 200th Premier League goal, but Raheem Sterling levelled for the Citizens eight minutes from the end.

It was a crucial point for the Evertonians, after they won their opening match against Stoke City, and sees them as one of the big movers in the betting market, in from $76 to $51 to win the title for the first time since 1986/87. City remain the $2.37 favourite.

Everton’s neighbours Liverpool secured their first win of the campaign, with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. Sadio Mane scored the only goal of the match in the 73rd minute, but it hasn’t convinced punters, with the Reds out from $12 to $15.

Arsenal are another club who haven’t given punters much confidence in the opening fortnight of the season. They got out of jail in the opening game against Leicester, winning 4-3, but followed that up with a loss to Stoke, which sees their quote drift from $9.50 to $14.

Huddersfield continued their amazing start, with a 1-0 win over Newcastle at home. Socceroo Aaron Mooy scored a brilliant curling goal from the edge of the box in the 50th minute.

Despite sitting in second place on the table, with a perfect six points from two games, the Terriers remain a $501 chance to win the Premier League for the first time since 1925/26.

Sportsbet Markets

EPL Winner

Man City $2.37

Man Utd $2.88

Chelsea $5.50

Tottenham $9.50

Arsenal $14

Liverpool $15

Everton $51

Leicester $176

Southampton $226

West Ham $226

Newcastle $301

Bournemouth $501

Swansea $501

Stoke $501

Watford $501

Huddersfield $501

Brighton $501

West Brom $501

Crystal Palace $501

Burnley $501

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