It was a day to remember for Gus Poyet and Sunderland as they put Fulham to the sword and lifted themselves off the bottom of the table. Luke Moore rounds up that and all the other action in the Premier League so far this weekend...
"If new Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn't know he had a job on his hands keeping his side in the division, he does now; they've slipped into the bottom three and the market has them at just 2.3611/8 for the dreaded drop."
Gus Poyet's Sunderland came away from Craven Cottage with three valuable points and moved themselves off the bottom of the table at the expense of Crystal Palace thanks to a one-sided 1-4 win over Fulham, a scoreline matched at 180.0179/1 on Betfair's Exchange.
Adam Johnson (matched at 20.0 in the First Goalscorer market) hit his first hat-trick in professional football to put Rene Meulensteen's men to the sword, and the west Londoners now find themselves in 16th position in the Premier League, one point of the relegation places. Fulham are now in to just 2.1411/10 to be relegated, having been matched at a high of 11.521/2 earlier in the season.
Sunderland are priced at 3.259/4 to beat Southampton at the Stadium of Light next Saturday, and Poyet will be keen to try and foster some sort of momentum as we approach the business end of the league season.
West Ham relieved some of the pressure on boss Sam Allardyce with a much-needed 0-2 win at Cardiff, courtesy of goals from Carlton Cole and Mark Noble. If new Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn't know he had a job on his hands keeping his side in the division, he does now; they've slipped into the bottom three and the market has them at just 2.3611/8 for the dreaded drop.
Jermaine Defoe may be destined for MLS with Toronto FC, but he came off the bench to score for Spurs in their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. The diminutive striker was matched at a chunky 7.413/2 to score this afternoon and duly obliged in trademark fashion with a sweet finish to move Spurs up to fifth and above Top Four rivals Liverpool.
Elsewhere in the Premier League this afternoon, Southampton overcame West Brom 1-0, a result matched at 2.8415/8 in the Match Odds market, Everton brushed Norwich aside 2-0 thanks to a beauty from Gareth Barry (who was matched at a huge 46.045/1 in the First Goalscorer market), and in the early kick-off Chelsea travelled to Hull and came away with a strong 0-2 win which sent them to the top of the table ahead of Manchester City's game against Newcastle and Arsenal's trip to Aston Villa.
Jose Mourinho's men are now 3.8514/5 second-favourites for the title.