Premier League action returns with a bang
Everyone assessing their Premier League bet will note how the opening weekend has been filled with thrills, spills, excitement, shocks and much, much more. Football has returned, and don’t we just know it.
You always expect there to be a big shock in the Premier League early on in the campaign – the 6-1 in the Manchester derby last season, United hammering Arsenal 8-2 – but rarely will it come on the opening weekend with teams so pumped and ready.
But it has happened. Ok, not quite on the same scale of the demolition derbies mentioned above, but Everton beating Sir Fergie’s men certainly counts as a shock. One that Manchester City betting pundits would have enjoyed, no doubt about that.
Marouane Fellaini was sensational on Monday night, with United’s makeshift central defender, Michael Carrick being given a right rotten time of it.
The big Belgian won everything aerial, and showed the finesse and touch of a man half his size. It was little surprise, then, that he would be the man to pop up for a corner during the second half and win the game for David Moyes’ men.
Of course the shock in that game was not just the fact that Manchester United lost to a side operating on a fraction of their budget, but the fact Everton, yes Everton, made something that resembled a good start to a season.
Notoriously slow starters in the Premier League, the toffees regularly save their best football until after Christmas, so you dread to think what could happen this year. Surely they won’t be challenging for the title, right?
Many of the other games went as expected on the Premier League opening weekend, results wise at least, but who could have predicted the outcome of Fulham’s clash with Norwich?
The Canaries, so impressive on their return to the top flight last season, were taken apart spectacularly by Fulham.
The 5-0 hammering brought back memories of their annihilation at the hands of the Cottagers on the last day of the 2004-05 season, as Norwich were relegated. Without the guidance of Paul Lambert, could the same fate await them this time around?
A round-up of the opening weekend shocks would not be complete without mentioning Swansea, of course.
Following Brendan Rodgers’ departure to Liverpool, with Joe Allen following him, many would have expected the Swans to struggle this campaign. QPR, meanwhile, with Mark Hughes in charge, and the arrival of some big name players might have been expected to really kick on.
It certainly was a surprise, then, that Swansea romped to a 5-0 victory over the West Londoners under the guidance of Michael Laudrup and with the assistance of a certain Spanish striker by the name of Michu.
But that’s the Premier League for you, and it is back in spectacular style!