Premier League on Betfair: United, City and Chelsea maintain 100% winning starts

Wayne Rooney played a pivotal part in Man Utd's late winner at Hull
Wayne Rooney played a pivotal part in Man Utd's late winner at Hull

It was an action packed weekend of football in the Premier League with late drama for Manchester United and good displays by Chelsea and Manchester City. Mike Norman brings us all the updated betting markets...


"Man City still head the Premier League Winner market, available to back at 2.56/4, just ahead of United at 4.216/5 and Chelsea at 6.25/1."

Manchester City, Chelsea, and Man Utd will all head into the international break delighted with how the opening month of the new season has gone following weekend Premier League wins over West Ham, Burnley and Hull respectively.

The victories mean that the three clubs have now recorded 13 wins between them from their 13 games played in all competitions, and the trio sit top of the Premier League table with the maximum nine points.


Strolls for City and Chelsea but United leave it late


Manchester City produced some breathtaking first half football at the Etiahd Stadium as they got the better of West Ham 3-1.

A rejuvenated Raheem Stirling opened the scoring after some fine play by new signing Nolito, before Fernandinho headed home powerfully from a Kevin De Bruyne cross to double City's lead at the interval.

But for all Pep Guardiola's men were superb during the first 45 minutes they were far less impressive during a disjointed second half.

Michail Antonio brought the Hammers back into the game after heading home at the far post but they couldn't find an equaliser, and in the dying minutes Sterling finished well from a tight angle to secure the three points.

Chelsea's three points were never in doubt from an early stage after Eden Hazard scored a wonderful solo goal against newly-promoted Burnley. The Belgian - looking back to the form he was in two seasons ago - could have had more too, but it was left to Willian and a late Victor Moses strike to secure the win.

In stark contrast to Chelsea's romp Manchester United had to wait until the 92nd minute before securing the points against a stubborn Hull side.

With two wins from two the Tigers set out to defend their unbeaten record by frustrating Jose Mourinho's men. And the plan nearly worked. Despite dominating the game United couldn't find a way through, but with their 29th shot at goal, their ninth on target, substitute Marcus Rashford poked the ball home from close range after some fabulous wing play from Wayne Rooney.

Man City still head the Premier League Winner market, available to back at 2.56/4, just ahead of United at 4.216/5 and Chelsea at 6.25/1.

The two Manchester clubs clash at Old Trafford in a mouth-watering derby on the first Saturday (10 September) after the international break.


Top 4 contenders enjoy decent Saturday


Arsenal - 11.010/1 to win the title - recorded their first win of the season in impressive fashion, beating Watford at Vicarage Road 3-1 thanks to goals from Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, all three strikes coming in the first half.

Gunners fans will be far happier going into the international break than they were 48 hours ago; not only did they pick up their first full three points of the season but Arsene Wenger revealed after the game that Arsenal had splashed out £52m on German defender Shkodran Mustafi and Spanish striker Lucas Perez.

Tottenham and Liverpool kicked-off the weekend action with a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane, their third consecutive Premier League draw against each other, while champions Leicester recorded their first win of the campaign by beating Swansea 2-1 with Jamie Vardy amongst the goalscorers.

In the Top 4 Finish market Arsenal can be backed at 1.8810/11, Liverpool at 2.111/10, Spurs at 2.77/4, and Leicester are the outsiders of the quartet, trading at around the 9.08/1 mark.


Solid starts for unbeaten Everton and Boro


Everton continued their fine start to the season under new boss Ronald Koeman with a fortuitous 1-0 win over Stoke at Goodison Park.

The Toffees were awarded a controversial penalty early in the second half but the real stroke of luck was to see Leighton Baines' spot-kick hit the post only to rebound into the net via the head of Stoke goalkeeper Shay Given.

Everton are up to fourth thanks to their seven points collected from a possible nine and Koeman's men can be backed at 3.613/5 to record a Top 6 Finish.

Newly-promoted Middlesbrough have also enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season, picking up five points from their three games played thanks to a 0-0 draw with West Brom in a dull game at the Hawthorns.

Aitor Karanka's side are out to 5.59/2 to be relegated but can be backed at a marginally shorter price, 5.04/1, for a Top 10 Finish.


Saints still looking for first win


Southampton - who have finished in the top eight in each of the last three seasons - are still looking for their first league win of the campaign after they managed just a 1-1 draw at home to Sunderland.

It could have been much worse for Claude Puel after his side fell behind to a late Jermain Defoe penalty, but they rescued a point thanks to a blunder from Black Cats goalkeeper Jordan Pickford five minute from time.

For those expecting Southampton to continue to struggle you can back the Saints at 15.014/1 in the Relegation market. Favourite for the drop include Burnley, 1.738/11, and Hull, 1.9110/11, then come a number of clubs trading at prices between 3.55/2 and 4.216/5 including Crystal Palace and Bournemouth who played out a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park.


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