Matchweek 4 of the 2022-23 EPL season saw records equalled at Anfield, while the name on everyone’s lips went to new heights.
Here’s how it looked for punters:
Cloud nine at Anfield
There’s rarely been a better response to going winless in three.
After a stuttering start to the season that raised significant questions of Liverpool’s credentials, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool responded in style on Saturday, hammering Bournemouth 9-0 at home to equal the biggest victory in EPL history. The Reds started heavy $1.15 favourites, but it was a mark of their dominance that they were $25 pre-game with a -6.0 handicap. It was Luis Diaz who got the Reds on the scoresheet first, nodding home after starting as a $6.00 first goalscorer with Palmerbet. A host of teammates then joined him. Harvey Elliott, Trent Alexander-Arnold ($6.50 anytime goalscorer with Palmerbet), Roberto Firmino ($2.00) Virgil van Dijk ($5.50) and Fabio Carvalho ($2.40) all filled their boots. The Reds will have far more difficult challenges to come, but this was a marker they had to lay down.
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 27, 2022
Haaland can’t stop, won’t stop
Prior to the EPL season kicking off, Manchester City’s huge off-season signing Erling Haaland was $1.22 to score a hat-trick in 2022-23 with Palmerbet. And, as we saw on the weekend, it turns out the short price was entirely justified.
In just his fourth Premier League game, the Norwegian banged in three goals as City saluted 4-2. The Sky Blues ($1.20 pre-game favourites) didn’t have it all their way against Crystal Palace, however, and had to bang through four in the second half after going down 2-0 at the break. Haaland, though, has already proven that all the pre-season hype was more than justified. Six goals in just four games has seen the striker — who already started the season as a $3.60 EPL topscorer hope with Palmerbet — shorten further to finish the season on top of the charts. Still in the early stages of his career, Haaland’s ceiling couldn’t be higher considering what he’s already achieved.
Erling Haaland already has more career hat tricks than some of the greats.
He's still only 22 😳 pic.twitter.com/UOT54qYuRP
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 27, 2022
Gunners four from four
What a difference a year makes.
This time 12 months ago, Arsenal had lost their opening three games of the EPL season (their worst start since 1954-55) and were languishing on the bottom of the table. A year on, and the Gunners are the only club to have an unblemished record thus far in the 2022-23 campaign after accounting for Fulham 2-1, despite conceding the first goal. While they were expected to win — Mikely Arteta’s men started as $1.39 favourites with Palmerbet — these are the exact banana skins that recent Arsenal sides have been all too likely to slip on.
So how do we assess Arsenal’s impressive start? Any hint of title chat would seem far, far too early. But the title market itself tells an interesting story. After starting the EPL season as $34 outsiders, four games in and the Gunners have slashed their price, already into $12. Perhaps Top 4, and a return to Champions League football for the first time since 2016-17, is a more realistic goal. On that market they’ve similarly shortened into $1.57, from $2.80 before the opening day of the season.
𝐀 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐰𝐢𝐧 & 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝟏𝟎𝟎% 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐞𝐬 💪✅
Mikel Arteta is feeling proud of his Arsenal side following their win against Fulham pic.twitter.com/PDVxW7etMQ
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 27, 2022