This weekend’s English Premier League games have had some interesting effects on the outright bets for the season. The results were as follows:
23/08: Aston Villa 2 – 0 Everton
24/08: Brighton 0 – 2 Southampton
24/08: Manchester United 1 – 2 Crystal Palace
24/08: Sheffield United 1 – 2 Leicester
24/08: Watford 1 – 3 West Ham
24/08: Norwich 2 – 3 Chelsea
25/08: Tottenham 0 – 1 Newcastle United
25/08: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 – 1 Burnley
25/08: Bournemouth 1 – 3 Manchester City
25/08: Liverpool 3 – 1 Arsenal
Following this 3rd EPL weekend, the gap between the Big 6 and the other teams is much smaller than last year. Only Liverpool and Manchester City remain far ahead, with 9 and 7 points respectively. Their winning odds are given at around 30% and 63%, but the remaining 4 teams in the Big 6 – Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham – are all very close. Chelsea and Tottenham have odds of less than 2%, United 1% and Arsenal less than 1%.
Spectators were treated to a weekend of nail-biting action across all games. Aston Villa ended their losing streak and have now lost 2 and won 1 game. In spite of losing to the Lions, Everton remains ahead in the odds’ rankings. Southampton’s defeat against Brighton was also not unexpected, although they previously lost against Burnley and Liverpool.
The Saints now have 3 points to the Clarets’ 4. Wolverhampton was rescued by Raul Jimenez’s late penalty in Sunday’s game against Burnley. Before the Spaniard was fouled by Erik Peters, Ashley Barnes’s 13th-minute goal appeared to be enough to secure a Claret win. However, when Jimenez converted the penalty he led Wolves to victory.
Manchester City might be the favourites, but they drew their previous game with Tottenham. Spurs were considered major contenders, and one of the most-improved teams. This makes Newcastle’s victory over them this weekend, the first for Steve Bruce in the role of the Magpies’ manager, even more noteworthy.
The Big 6 May Still End on Top
Spurs were taken down considerably by their Newcastle defeat, and Arsenal was crushed by the Reds, but the Top 6 are still bookmakers’ favourites. However, most of the 2019/2020 season is still to be played, and fierce competition should keep it interesting.