It just had to be Jamie Vardy didn't it? Our Enhanced 5/1 special on the Leicester striker to claim the first goal at St James' Park just edges out Spurs as our #PuntOfTheWeek. Read the full voting results below...
- Vardy to score First Goal Enhanced @ 5/1 (33%)
- Spurs to beat West Ham -1 @ 6/4 (27%)
- Liverpool to beat Man City & BTTS @ 8/1 (22%)
- Defoe to score First Goal v Crystal Palace (18%)
Vardy to Score First v Newcastle Enhanced @ 5/1
Betfair punters were joining Jamie Vardy in having a party on Saturday as our 5/1 Enhancement on him to claim an historic opener at Newcastle wins #PuntOfTheWeek with 33% of the vote.
It was genuine cause for celebration throughout the land whether you were on Vardy or not as this meteoric rise saw him equal Ruud Van Nistelrooy's record of a goal in 10 consecutive Premier League games. His feat is perhaps more impressive given that Van Nistelrooy had his run over two seasons and played for one of the PL's great sides.
It was a truly remarkable weekend all round for the Foxes, as the resulting 3-0 win over the Magpies combined with Man City's loss (more on that later), left them astonishingly top of the Premier League after spending 139 days of the previous campaign rock bottom.
But back to Vardy, who's superlative and instinctive give-and-go with Riyad Mahrez allowed him a cut inside, rifling past Rob Elliot to send the away supporters, 33% of voters and the general universe into raptures! Good on you Jamie, here's to you beating the record next week.
Spurs to beat West Ham -1 @ 6/4
It was an uncharacteristic PL Super Sunday, Spurs clash with their London rivals West Ham the only fixture and as a result it attracted a lot of interest for punters on site. The most popular winning selection, backed by 27% of you was a stress free affair as Spurs dismantled the Hammers to have many of them whispering of a possible title challenge. We'll leave that one open to discussion.
Mauricio Pochettino deserves high praise however for developing a perfectly balanced team, with real solidity at the back and a genuine threat up front spearheaded by Harry Kane. His eight goals in five games have the 'one season wonder' brigade scurrying on Twitter to delete old tweets!
It took Kane 23 minutes to notch his 11th derby goal in 14 games against London clubs and by the time he'd notched his 12th, Topy Alderweireld had also netted leaving this 6/4 shot all but safe and a strongly supported contender as your #PuntofTheWeek. Spurs ran out 4-1 winners after Manuel Lanzini caused a slight spike in the heart rate but this -1 shout came in with room to spare.
Liverpool to beat Man City & BTTS @ 8/1
Since 2012, this fixture has always meant goals with both teams netting in each of the last eight meetings. With that in mind punters would have felt assured in looking towards the BTTS markets and here 22% spotted Jurgen Klopp's men at a a massive 8/1.
While Barca were tearing Real apart in El Clasico, another top side was being put to the sword at home as Liverpool turned in their most impressive display since the Luis Suarez days, Brazilian duo of Phillippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino frightening the life out of the hapless Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichellis.
The 8/1 shot looked like bonefide #PuntOfTheWeek contender given the absences of both Vincent Kompany and Mamadou Sakho at the heart of each defence. With Liverpool 3-0 in a half an hour all that was realistically required to get this one up for backers was a City goal and Sergio Aguero duly delivered with a goal that makes him the all-time leading South American scorer in PL history with 89.
Martin Sktrel drilled home a blur of a volley to seal Jurgan Klopp's second away win against a Top 4 side (more than Rodgers achieved in 3 years) and send this punt straight into the #PuntOfTheWeek roll of honour.
Defoe to score first v Crystal Palace @ 9/1
This week's Monday Night Football was unlikely to be one to set too many pulses racing but nonetheless out of a fairly forgettable 90 minutes, 18% of you claimed this 9/1 First Goal winner.
Whoever Jermain Defoe has togged out for in the PL, goals will soon follow and Monday night was no exception as Big Sam became just the fifth PL manager to chalk up 150 wins as Sunderland grabbed just their second away win in 18 attempts.
After 80 minutes the game was going more stale as that slice of bread you once let fall down the back of the fridge, but thanks to Yannick Bolasie and Scott Dann backers of Defoe were rewarded late and rewarded handsomely. A failed Bolasie trick left Dan under pressure but his inability to deal with the situation allowed Defoe to poke the ball past Wayne Hennessy and this 9/1 #PuntOfTheWeek delivered.
Pardew's men have serious problems playing at home, not that he'll get much sympathy from 18% of you...
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