In the final tie of the weekend and culminating Sky Sports’ Super Sunday coverage, Chelsea intensified pressure on Mikel Arteta and Arsenal as they comfortably defeated the Gunners by two goals to nil.
The visitors justified their odds on price tag heading into the game, as new talisman Romelu Lukaku steered them on their way to victory.
The game followed up a lackluster performance from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United, who dropped two points in a one-one draw with Southampton.
Saturday marked a solid day for betting favourites in the Premier League and also a day when title challengers looked to make a positive start, as Manchester City ran riot in a five goal route of competition newcomers Norwich, whilst Liverpool edged past Burnley in what could have been a tricky encounter at Anfield.
Of the two of 3pm kick offs in which bookies were predicting an abundance of goals, only one produced for the overs backers – as Leeds and Everton battled to a 2-2 draw at Elland Road. On the other hand, Newcastle failed to get going at Aston Villa and fell to 2-0 defeat on the road, in spite of many penning the game down as a both-teams-to-score banker.
The second round of Premier League action continues this evening, as West Ham host Leicester City in a fascinating collision, between two sides who could well be vying for the European places at the end of the season.
The bookies are struggling to pick a winner this evening – with the home side a slight betting favourite in a close contest that should bring goals.
Across Europe, there were a plethora of coupon-busters, as odds on favourites, Juventus and Barcelona could both only muster up a draw against Udinese and Athletic Bilbao respectively.
In Saturday night’s megafight, it was the turn of the underdog as well, as father time seemingly caught up with 42-year-old Manny Pacquiao, as he was outfoxed by 3 to 1 outsider Yordenis Ugás, who potentially put himself in line for another monster fight with either Errol Spence Jr or Terence Crawford.