Matchweek 2 of the 2022-23 EPL season saw ‘rock bottom’ prove to be even deeper for Man United, while Liverpool struggled again.
Here’s how it looked for punters:
The bottom deepens
Is this rock bottom for Manchester United? They’d like to think so, but no one really knows.
Prior to their game against Brentford on Saturday, the issues that led to a 2-1 loss to Brighton on the opening weekend of the EPL season — at Old Trafford no less — were seen as kinks that new manager Eric ten Hag would iron out against a side tipped to finish in the bottom rungs of the table in 2022-23. And the markets reflected as much. United started as $1.84 favourites away from home, with Brentford $4.39 outsiders. What eventuated, however, was an utter annihilation. The Bees not only took an early lead, but doubled, tripled, then quadrupled that lead all inside 35 minutes. The score remained 4-0 until the final whistle, the boilover perhaps best underlined by the fact that Brentford were a whopping $23 at -2.0.
The two defeats have been damning for United in EPL futures markets. In just two games, the Red Devils have lengthened from $2.70 in Palmerbet’s Top 4 market already out to $4.50. Make no mistake, just two games into his tenure this is very much a crisis for ten Hag.
🚨 Erik ten Hag wanted to make Man Utd players run 13.8 kilometres during extra training session today because Brentford players ran 13.8 kilometres more than them yesterday pic.twitter.com/G1RyOZA1mx
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) August 14, 2022
Shirty shake as Spurs shorten
If United’s horror day was the story of the weekend, then the Thomas Tuchel/Antonio Conte blowup — which was the climax of a feisty clash between Chelsea and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge — was a close second. In a pulsating clash between the London rivals, Spurs equalised in the 96th minute to secure a 2-2 draw ($3.51 pre-game) in dramatic circumstances. Tuchel and Conte, who had been at each other all game, didn’t quite see eye-to-eye after the final whistle. But it’s Conte who walked off the happier manager. After a dominant first-up win over Southampton and now a backs-to-the-wall draw, his side have already shortened from $1.67 to $1.40 in Palmerbet’s EPL Top 4 market.
Things got HEATED between Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte after a dramatic 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Tottenham. 👀pic.twitter.com/qmKs1cUfpk
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 14, 2022
Liverpool’s opening day draw away at Fulham was certainly a shock. But they were expected to bounce back at Anfield against Crystal Palace on Tuesday morning (AEST). In fact, Jurgen Klopp’s men were $1.27 to get back to winning ways. But, like at Craven Cottage last week, the Reds were not only forced to settle for a point again, but had to come from behind to get anything out of the game as new signing Darwin Nunez was sent off for a headbutt. The result continued Palace’s rare ability to get something from games at Anfield. It’s something so few clubs can do. Since Klopp’s appointment in Oct 2015, no team has more EPL points (seven) at the storied ground than the London club.
By dropping four points in two games, Liverpool have already had a small dent to their title hopes.
“Draws are defeats now, we know the bar has been set so high by Manchester City” 💬
Jamie Carragher gives his thoughts on Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace 👇 pic.twitter.com/NyMHmnpvGQ
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 15, 2022