Matchweek 3 of the 2022-23 EPL season saw three title hopefuls drop points, while Manchester United responded in stunning fashion.
Here’s how it looked for punters:
Euphoria and relief at Old Trafford
After the humbling at home to Brighton and the humiliation away to Brentford, hopes weren’t particularly high among the Old Trafford faithful as Manchester United faced up against rivals Liverpool in a huge early-season EPL clash. And the glass-half-empty feeling was reflected in pre-match markets. United went in $4.65 favourites on home soil, something inconceivable 10 years ago. But they came out with a bang and impressed from the outset. In fact, it was United who played the heavy metal football that has become synonymous with Liverpool in recent years, while Jurgen Klopp’s men were decidedly flat-footed.
The importance of the result can’t be understated for new manager Eric ten Hag on a number of fronts. Firstly, the pessimism that was starting to infect the club can subside (at least temporarily) as the Dutchman has a chance to breathe with a new squad. Second, it puts United back in the frame this EPL season. While they won’t be challenging for the title, Top 4 and a return to Champions League football needs to be their aim. The win saw them shorten from $7 into $4 in that market with Palmerbet.
"I can't believe what I've just witnessed" 😮
Gary Neville reacts to a stunning performance from Man Utd at Old Trafford this evening 👇 pic.twitter.com/02PiP0M481
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 22, 2022
On the other side of that result, the ramifications are huge for Liverpool. Winless in three games, last season’s runners-up (and Champions League finalists) are struggling. After two draws and now the loss at Old Trafford, Klopp’s men are already seven points off the pace. And the response has been swift on the markets. Liverpool started the season as $3.25 EPL title hopes but have already drifted out to $7.50. Very few would have expected Liverpool to be sitting in 16th with a negative goal difference after three weeks of the EPL season. But they’ve got to respond quickly with games coming thick and fast. That being said, Bournemouth at home this weekend (which they start as $1.08 favourites) should see them back in the winners’ circle.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) August 22, 2022
Remarkable to see Liverpool so comprehensively outfought and out-thought tonight by a team they were so far ahead of last season. Klopp can keep saying there's no issue with his midfield, but that was so clearly where the game was lost, for me.
— David Lynch (@dmlynch) August 22, 2022
Big guns labour
Liverpool weren’t the only big club to struggle on Matchweek 3. Champions Manchester City ($1.46 pre-game) were forced to come from 3-1 to earn a point at St James’ Park against an impressive Newcastle outfit. Unlike at Liverpool, however, there’ll be little panic for the Sky Blues. And even though Pep Guardiola’s men dropped two points, they actually shortened in Palmerbet’s EPL title market, from $1.36 into $1.30.
The biggest upset of the weekend though took place in the north of England in Yorkshire. Leeds United ($6.00 pre-game) not only got past the might of Chelsea, but did so in style. In winning 3-0, Jesse Marsch’s men provided huge value for punters who backed them in. In fact, Leeds were $34.83 pre-game with a -2.0 handicap. The result sees them into third as positivity regarding the post-Bielsa era has arrived at Elland Road.
— Jesse Marsch (@jessemarsch) August 21, 2022