Betting Week in Review: A Look back at the Last Seven Days
Betting Week in Review: A look back at the last seven days. The Premier League dominates this week’s roundup with some bizarre results which have been kind for the bookmakers. Football fans enjoyed a packed schedule at the weekend with many of the Premier League’s top teams going head-to-head. As has been the pattern since football restarted, shock results were rife, creating a windfall for bookmakers.
Merseyside Derby Ends in Profitable Stalemate
The first game on Saturday was the Merseyside derby between top-of-the-table Everton taking on their biggest rivals, Premier League champions Liverpool.
For once Everton fans had every reason to be confident, four games into the season and the Toffees had a 100% record. In contrast, their neighbours had suffered a heavy 7-2 defeat in their last game against one of the favourites for relegation, Aston Villa. As both teams are heavily backed in the betting market, a win for either team could have been expensive for the bookies.
Games between the two sides have often been low-scoring, dull affairs with two goalless draws in the last five meetings and a solitary goal separating the sides in two other games. The majority of bettors didn’t think that would be the case on this occasion, both teams scoring for fun, Everton had scored 12 in four games, Liverpool was not far behind on 11 goals scored.
Therefore it wasn’t a surprise that it didn’t take long for a goal to be scored, Sadio Mane put the visitors ahead in the third minute with a calmly taken goal. The biggest talking point of the game came a few moments later when a wild tackle from Everton and England keeper Pickford injured Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk. An offside flag saving the 26-year-old from an almost certain red card and inexplicably VAR wasn’t used to review the incident, much to the annoyance of Liverpool players and manager Jürgen Klopp.
Everton equalised 16 minutes later when the impressive James Rodriguez found Michael Keane from a corner; the centre-back headed home past Adrián in goal. With 16 minutes to go, Liverpool retook the lead, Mohamed Salah taking advantage of a poor Yerry Mina clearance to volley his team ahead. They should have further increased their lead moments later, Pickford, who many believe shouldn’t have been on the pitch, making a world-class save to prevent Joel Matip’s header.
With so much drama in the game, it was almost inevitable that Everton would score, and this proved to be the case. Dominic Calvert-Lewin heading home to restore parity for the second time for the home side on 81 minutes. The drama didn’t end there, Everton’s Richarlison was sent off in the 90th minute for a bad tackle on Thiago and Liverpool had a last-gasp goal by Mane disallowed by VAR after a lengthy delay.
Pre-game the odds for an Everton win was 11/4, Liverpool 5/6 and the draw was priced @ 16/5, the 2-2 draw was great news for the bookmakers with very few punters backing the correct scoreline and the draw ruining many accumulator bets for the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.
Chelsea Collapse is Good News for Bookmakers
Chelsea’s spending during the transfer window is well known, spending over £200m on players to give the team more attacking options but it was at the back that the club should have reinforced based on this performance. New boy Timo Werner gave the home side the lead on 15 minutes; a superb dummy baffled the defence which allowed the German to get into the box, clever footwork enabled a right-footed shot which found the net. Wener doubled his tally and Chelsea’s lead on 28 minutes, the 24-year-old cleverly chipped the oncoming McCarthy and headed in despite pressure from two defenders.
Southampton’s Danny Ings reduced the deficit on 43 minutes, the club’s current top scorer took advantage of a Kai Havertz needless mistake to make the score at the interval 2-1. Another defensive mistake, this time by from Kurt Zouma allowed Che Adams to score to level.
Havertz made amends for his earlier mistake, scoring in the 59th minute, a goal that Chelsea thought had given them the win until yet another defensive mistake, this time by a poor attempted clearance, allowed Jannik Vestergaard to head in another equaliser deep into injury time. Giving Southampton a remarkable draw and the bookies a big boost as Chelsea was well-backed in the win market and many punters banker in their accumulators. The odds on a draw pre-game was a healthy 15/4.
West Ham Fightback Stuns Spurs
The expression “a game of two halves” is often used in football but you’ll struggle to find a better example than the clash between Tottenham and Southampton at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Sunday.
A rampant Tottenham, tore West Ham apart, scoring their first goal with just 45 seconds on the clock. England captain Harry Kane playing a sublime pass into the path of Son Heung-min, the South Korean made no mistake, hitting a well-placed curling shot that beat Lukasz Fabianski in the Hammer’s goal.
Son then became provider in the eighth minute, Kane showed great control before unleashing a shot that found the net. Kane added his second in the 16th minute, new Spurs signing Sergio Reguilon floated in a cross which Kane headed in to give Spurs a seemingly unassailable lead.
West Ham fans must have feared the worst with the introduction of Gareth Bale with 16 minutes remaining on the clock, the Real Madrid loanee making his second debut for the club that he left in 2013.
With Tottenham easing off and time running out, West Ham scored what looked like just a consolation goal in the 82nd minute, Fabian Balbuena’s header giving the Hammers a glimmer of hope. This hope became belief in the 85th minute when Davinson Sanchez found his own net.
Bale had a chance to seal the win with the scoreline at 3-2, the 31-year-old was one-on-one with the keeper late on but managed to drag his shot wide. This miss was a costly one as West Ham scored in the 94th minute, Manuel Lanzini’s brilliant long-range shot stunning Spurs and giving their local rivals a valuable point. For West Ham fans, neutrals and of course bookmakers, it was a stunning result.