Matchweek 9 of the 2022-23 EPL season saw another Manchester Derby blowout, while Arsenal maintained their lead at the top.
Here’s how it looked for punters:
City hammer neighbours
Going into this season’s first Manchester Derby, there was hope on the red side of the city that United may prove a far tougher object for City to brush aside compared to previous seasons. Pep Guardiola’s men started $1.40 favourites, but the Red Devils ($6.50) went in having won four EPL games on the bounce. Any optimism, however, was brutally snuffed out before the main break. For a second time this season, United found themselves 4-0 down at half-time with the game very much over. In the end, the 6-3 scoreline flattered the visitors. Phil Foden ($8.50 first goalscorer with Palmerbet pre-game) bagged his first hat-trick for City while the scarily-dominant Erling Haaland bagged his third-straight (!) treble at home, in a lovely bit of symmetry for the Sky Blues on the scoresheet. Haaland now has 14 goals in just eight EPL games, double the next-highest (Harry Kane on seven).
Phil Foden is the first player to score a hat-trick in the Manchester derby since Erling Haaland, nine minutes earlier.
— Richard Jolly 🇺🇦 (@RichJolly) October 2, 2022
Messi 🆚 Ronaldo 🆚 Haaland at 22 years old
It's not even close 🤖🤯 pic.twitter.com/x2AAD9IFwF
— ESPN FC (@ESPNN_FC) September 30, 2022
Gunning for higher honours
Are Arsenal the real deal? Each week they chalk off impressive wins, the answer to that question edges closer and closer to ‘yes’. The latest, a pulsating 3-1 North London derby win over Tottenham at the Emirates (after starting $2.00 favourites), has seen the Gunners maintain their lead atop the EPL table. Despite the typically frantic nature of the derby early on, Mikel Arteta’s men controlled proceedings from the outset in another dominant display. And the result has again made a dent on futures markets. As $34 title hopes at the start of the season, the Gunners are into $10 with Palmerbet to claim a first title in almost 20 years. What is also clear is that Top 4 is now a strong expectation from fans. Arsenal have not played finished there (to play Champions League football) since 2015-16. The win over Spurs sees them into $1.30, in from $2.80 at the start of the EPL season.
🔴 NORTH LONDON IS RED 🔴
Arsenal dominate Spurs to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League ⬆️ pic.twitter.com/P82AlgrxEX
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 1, 2022
Reds’ struggle continues
Just seven games into their 2022-23 campaign, Liverpool are already 11 points off the pace set by Arsenal. Another patchy display on the weekend saw Jurgen Klopp’s men drop points yet again at home — this time drawing 3-3 with Brighton after starting as $1.48 favourites. The Reds’ starts are beginning to emerge as a huge worry for Klopp. In five of seven games this EPL season they’ve conceded the first goal of the match. After winning 16 of their last 19 games of the 2021-22 campaign, the new season has seen a different, decidedly leaky Liverpool emerge. After starting the season as $3.25 title hopes with Palmerbet, the Anfield club are already way out to $12 following the Brighton result.
Leandro Trossard scored all three of Brighton’s goals in one of the best individual EPL performances we’ve seen at Anfield in recent times. And, his hat-trick at the iconic venue puts him in elite company.
Only 11 players have scored hat-tricks against Liverpool in the Premier League 🤓
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) October 2, 2022