The Premier League served up a feast of entertainment once more, with two of the biggest derbies in world football resulting in one all-mighty goal-fest. London and Manchester played host to classic clashes whilst elsewhere, Jurgen Klopp continues to see his Liverpool side struggle to get into gear, and new Chelsea boss Graham Potter picked up a much-needed win.
The season is truly starting to heat up, and those who have been placing long-term Premier League betting plans are now seeing just how likely they are to pull off a lucrative payout, while no doubt others have resulted in some torn betting slips as dreams of a win fade.
Arsenal hosted Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium in a much anticipated North London derby that saw the home side, who sit at the top of the table, face local rivals Tottenham who were unbeaten going into the match.
The Gunners took the lead through a wonderful long-range effort from Thomas Partey and, in truth, could have been far further ahead as they turned the screw on their neighbours. Spurs did find a way back when Gabriel fouled Richarlison in the box, and Harry Kane tucked away the penalty to level before the break.
The second half started with a bang as Gabriel Jesus scored within three minutes of the restart after Hugo Lloris failed to hold on to Bukayo Saka’s effort. On the hour, Emerson Royal was sent off for a foul on Gabriel Martinelli, and half-way through the second half, Granit Xhaka fired past the Tottenham keeper to kill the game off as a contest.
Arsenal fully deserved the win and further proved their potential title-winning credentials, and you can now back the club at BoyleSports at 8/1, and that now seems like a bet well worth considering.
On Sunday, Pep Guardiola’s Man City hosted local rivals Man United, and prior to kick-off, it would have been a brave individual who would have bet against the Spaniard’s side running out winners and boy, did they do so with aplomb.
Dutch coach Erik ten Hag had steadied the United shop in recent weeks, but they took one hell of a hammering at the Etihad Stadium. By half-time, City were 4-0 up with Erling Haaland and Phil Foden netting a brace each and Kevin De Bruyne putting in a marvellous display.
United got one back through Antony, but City raced into a 6-1 lead with Haaland and Foden both completing hat-tricks before sub Anthony Martial netted twice to add some level of respectability to the result, though in truth, the home side had already taken their collective feet off the peddle.
The win cements City as the favourites to win the title, and in Haaland, Guardiola has arguably the best striker in world football right now.
Something is not quite right at Anfield. Klopp is struggling to get his team out of a slump that is in danger of ending any chance of a title push, and we are only eight games into the new season.
Leandro Trossard scored twice in the first 17 minutes for Brighton, and new Seagulls boss Robert de Zerbi must have liked what he saw from his new team. Liverpool did show courage to fight back, and once again, they were indebted to Roberto Firmino, with the experienced Brazilian scoring twice to level before an Adam Webster own goal looked like it might win it for the Merseyside outfit.
However, it was not to be. Trossard deservedly got his hat-trick when he netted his third with seven minutes left on the clock.
Liverpool now sits way back in ninth place in the table, though they do have a game in hand over most of their rivals. If you fancy Klopp to get his team back into gear, you can get 12/1 on Liverpool winning the title with Grosvenor Sports, and that’s not beyond the realms of possibility.
Graham Potter will be pleased with the manner of their comeback win at Crystal Palace, though, in truth, they were very lucky to win at Selhurst Park. Many will have been left wondering how Thiago Silva was not ordered off for his deliberate handball, and the Brazilian then went on to provide the assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first Chelsea goal, with the former Arsenal man levelling after Odsonna Edouard had given the Eagles the lead.
Conor Gallagher scored a beauty in the dying minutes against the team he impressed with while on loan, and the win lifted Chelsea into fifth place.
West Ham’s much-needed win over Wolves led to the Molineux side sacking Bruno Lage, and Everton continued their good run of form with a win at St Mary’s over Southampton.
Newcastle United thumped Fulham on their own patch, while Bournemouth and Brentford played out a goalless draw. Leeds United and Aston Villa also finished in a stalemate, and on Monday, Leicester City host local rivals Nottingham Forest in a game that Brendan Rodgers must win in order to keep his job.