Punters who backed QPR to beat Everton were the biggest winners in the second weekend of Premier League action, while those who bet on away wins for Newcastle and Liverpool also ended up quids in.
After a 4-0 loss to Bolton at Loftus Road on the opening day of the season, QPR were widely expected to leave Goodison Park empty-handed on Saturday.
This was reflected in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, where Everton were odds-on at 1/2 to record a victory in their opening game of the campaign.
However, the Hoops, buoyed by a mid-week takeover of the club by Tony Fernandes and the promise of significant funds for transfers, came away with a 1-0 victory secured through Tommy Smith.
At odds of 25/4, QPR’s triumph earned £181.25 for punters who placed bwin’s £25 free bet on Neil Warnock’s side to cause an upset.
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Newcastle were another side to upset the odds with a win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, with the Magpies priced at 49/20 to pick up all three points before kick-off.
Liverpool were also away-day winners, with their odds of 19/10 reflecting the fact they had not won at the Emirates Stadium before the start of play on Saturday.
However, they broke their duck courtesy of a 2-0 success, although the result was slightly fortuitous given the manner of the first goal – an own goal by Aaron Ramsey made worse by suspicions of offside – and the earlier sending-off of Emmanuel Frimpong.
The result leaves the Gunners five points off table-toppers Man City and Wolves, who maintained their 100 per cent starts to the season with victories over Bolton and Fulham respectively.
Arsenal’s sluggish start means they are now 18/1 shots to win the Premier League title having been priced at 6/1 in June.
Elsewhere, West Brom emerged empty-handed from a close encounter with a title-chasing team for the second week running, with Chelsea winning 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa compounded Blackburn’s opening day defeat to Wolves with a 3-1 win over Steve Kean’s side, and Norwich and Swansea were held to home draws by Stoke and Wigan.
The final match of the game week sees Manchester United take on Tottenham at Old Trafford in what will be Spurs’ first game of the season.
The reigning champions are odds-on for a win, although Harry Redknapp will be hoping his side follow in the footsteps of QPR, Newcastle and Liverpool and record an away-day upset at odds of 9/2.
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