Premier League on Betfair: Spurs and Chelsea keep pace with United

Hugo Lloris
Hugo Lloris was back on Premier League duties less than a month after winning the World Cup
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Manchester United got off to a winning start on Friday night but Spurs and Chelsea lost no ground today, both winning their first fixtures of the 2018-19 season...

After Manchester United's Friday night defeat of Leicester the pressure was on title hopefuls Spurs and Chelsea to match the Mancunian side's effort. They both passed the test.

Gritty Spurs get past Newcastle

Tottenham were first up, in the early kickoff at Newcastle. Mauricio Pochettino fielded a strong Spurs side featuring plenty of their international stars but there were few signs of fatigue in a match that delivered early goals but never quite delivered after that.

The game exploded into life early on when World Cup semi-finalist Jan Vertonghen turned in a Davinson Sanchez effort that crept over the line by just nine millimetres. But within two minutes Newcastle were back in it, Joselu turning in a Matt Ritchie cross. Then, with just 18 minutes gone, the game had a third goal when Dele Alli put Spurs back ahead from a Serge Aurier delivery.

And that was it for goals. Newcastle threatened and hit the bar with five minutes left on the clock through Salomon Rondon on debut but couldn't fashion another proper chance.

Blues untroubled by Terriers

Chelsea were handed an away trip and put in a professional performance, dismissing Huddersfield 3-0 in a satisfying Premier League debut win for new manager Maurizio Sarri .

The tireless N'Golo Kante put the Blues ahead before new signing Jorginho scored from the spot after the break and Pedro put the game to bed with 10 minutes left.

There's almost nothing to split Spurs and Chelsea in Betfair's title winner market - the north London side [17.0], the west London side [17.5].

Defeats for promoted sides

The rest of the day's 3pm kick-offs all finished 2-0. Newly promoted Fulham and Cardiff were both beaten by that scoreline - the Cottagers at home to Crystal Palace and the Bluebirds on the road at Bournemouth.

Roberto Pereyra was Watford's hero, scoring a double as the Hornets ran out comfortable winners over Brighton.

The latest relegation odds from the Betfair Exchange show Cardiff at just [1.5] to go down, Huddersfield also at odds-on and Fulham [4.1].

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